Jodorowsky’s Dune is one of the best films made in recent years, I don’t care if its just a documentary, Jodorowsky’s Dune is a passionate portrait of a lost masterpiece being represented with such a fervent and respectful perspective under the lens of Frank Pavich. The way Pavich interweaves Jodorowksy’s enlightening and exciting narration alongside animation, beautiful concept art and treats his documentary almost as if it were a narrative of how Jodorowsky was gathering his spiritual warriors is what makes this film stand out from films like Lost in la Mancha which only seem like explorations of doomed projects by the end of it. Sure, the same can be said about Jodorowsky’s Dune, but because of the way Pavich incorporates Jodorowsky’s jovial explanation of the project’s conception, downfall, and legacy, Jodorowsky’s dream transcends the narration and becomes something larger that manages to creep into the public consciousness.
Basically telling the tale of a universe in which Star Wars wasn’t made, Jodorowsky’s Dune intelligently explains Jodorowsky’s art-form, his quest to unite the spiritual warriors that were going to make the film with him, and what this project meant to him, it wasn;t just going to be a sci-fi epic, it was going to be a monumental masterpiece that would change the way films were there-on-after, but sadly vanished. Jodorowsky’s Dune manages to maintain the viewer’s attention for the whole ride, to tie in a satisfactory conclusion to this sad tale, and to properly explore each spiritual warrior that makes up Dune. Yet Jodorowsky’s Dune doesn’t stop there, it also explores how challenging it is to portray true art under the Hollywood system, how this unmade project managed to permeate across the mind of cinematic visionaries, how his work has evolved, how Jodorowsky himself has changed ever since the conception of Dune. Jodorowsky’s Dune is truly a wondrous exploration of art, spirit, being a visionary in a restricted environment, and so much more, Jodorowsky’s Dune really covers all the bases a film should, it chronicles a fascinating story and delivers with a fantastic product, rating at a 97 out of 100 from my point of view.