Jodoroksky’s Dune is an excellent and surprising documentary about famed director Alejandro Jodoroksky’s failed attempts to make a film about the classic sci-fi novel Dune. Director Frank Pavich takes the audience on an odd journey about how Jodorowsky attempted to make a film that would’ve taken the entire industry in an entire different direction. While Jodorowsky’s Dune may have not been on everyone’s radar, it is definitely worth checking out for film fanatics and anyone interested in art.
The most significantly interesting aspect of the documentary is the story. Jodorowsky’s plans for a Dune filmed would’ve featured many significant special effects, religious allegories, vast environments, and a bizarre cast that features Orson Welles. The story features many odd twists that are often ludicrous and hilarious, which naturally make the documentary interesting. The stellar directing by Frank Pavich helps maintain the pacing and manages to constantly engross the audience.
Another of the film’s strengths is its editing. The film provides necessary information with striking visuals and photos, specifically some inventive animated sequences adapted from the Dune film’s storyboard. This is furthered by a quirky score by composer Kurt Stenzel and fascinating information provided by those involved in the film’s production and informed individuals such as acclaimed director Nicholas Winding Refn. The film is relatively well paced, although the middle does slightly drag.
Jodorowsky’s Dune is a must see for fans of Dune or Jodorowsky, and for regular film fans it will prove interesting because of its subject matter and impressive because of its direction. The story is a very interesting one, and it is accompanied by smooth editing and an odd sense of humor due to the pure lunacy of some of the events that actually transpired. Jodorowsky’s Dune is a fascinating documentary that is definitely worth watching. Grade: B