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Yeah Lynch got too imaginative with those sonic weapons , he seemed to miss the point that the Fremen in Dune were by themselves the secret weapon against the Sardaukar not even counting the worms.Yes it was. You said he had a better eye and I pointed out he also had some dumb ideas.
There is one thing that is frustrating about the adaptation of science fiction prose by movie makers, few directors and screenwriters are familiar with the prose form. This has changed in recent years. Thought out the 40s and 50s (and onward) science fiction writers , the good ones, build worlds that felt lived with good story telling , using the facts of the known universe. Look at how much great SF prose still lays fallow. Visual narrative is just now getting around to Foundation, almost all of Heinlein's work from the 1950's (the best stuff he ever wrote) has been ignored, a great SF novel like Clarke's Rendezvous with Rama can't see to get gotten made, Poul Anderson's space opera with is way beyond Star Trek and Star Wars seems unknown, Alfred Bester's great baroque space opera The Stars My Destination is confoundedly never gotten to the screen ... an lot and lots more. just sits there... passes beyond my understanding.I do agree, Lynch had a great eye for the visuals of Dune. Even now when one thinks of Dune, his creations and artistic direction leap to the foreground (as opposed to the odd hat and fashion show that was the other adaptation many years later). Lynch also suffered in script, though honestly if he'd had 2 films I think he could have covered it better; provided they were direct link films like Lord of the Rings were as opposed to two fully stand alone films where you can lose a huge chunk of time retelling the first story at the start of the second.