The second part of our first double feature lies
Cast and Crew
Alec Newman as Paul Atreides / Muad’Dib
Julie Cox as Irulan
Edward Atterton as Duncan
Ian McNeice as Baron Harkonnen
Barbora Kodetova as Chani
Steven Berkoff as Stilgar
Daniela Amavia as Alia
P.H. Moriarty as Gurney Halleck
James McAvoy as Leto Atreides II
Jessica Brooks as Ghanima Atreides
Alice Krige as Jessica Atreides
Susan Sarandon as Wenisicia Corrino
Past TV reviews can be found here.
This miniseries originally ran in 2003.
Combining adaptations of Dune Messiah and
Dune, this miniseries depicts the passing of the
father to son, and the temptation of the Golden Path.
Leto takes Irulan for a ride.
Replacing Saskia Reeves with Alice Krige. I’ve read
that this was
motivated by pregnancy, and that Krige was actually
the first choice
for Jessica in the previous miniseries, but think
Reeves did a
significantly better job.
The originality again suffers from doing a
adaptation. This was the first filmed adaptation,
though. I give it
3 out of 6.
The effects were mostly well done. Some of
the CGI shots
looked too much like CGI shots, and the scenes with
the CGI generated
rooms have the “slipping feet” problems that happen
when the blue
screen room isn’t moving at the same speed as the
original room. I
give it 4 out of 6.
The story was well written, and nicely
streamlined from the
source material. This set would be hard to adapt, but
it was done
well. I give it 5 out of 6.
The acting was generally good. Most cast
worked, though I wasn’t pleased with the cast change
Jessica. I give it 4 out of 6.
The emotional response was good, as it was a
involving than the first miniseries, possibly due to
less exposure to
the source material. I give it 5 out of 6.
The production was nicely done. This one
felt less stylistic
and more like a studio film, though. I give it 4 out
Overall, it’s a good adaptation of good
books, and well worth
your time and money. I’d be looking forward to
adaptations of the
rest of the series, as well. I give it 5 out of 6.
In total, Children of Dune receives 30 out of