The tl;dr version – GO SEE IT!! Go see it in the theater if you can! Go see it in IMAX if you can conceivably find a way!!
I know you may think that it’s not in IMAX any more – check again, and do it quick. It was out of the IMAX theaters for a while when “Eternals” came out and bumped it out, but at least in the Los Angeles area it’s back for anywhere from three to five days only, depending on the theater. Check IMAX theaters in your area, but if you didn’t get a chance to see it in IMAX on its first run you might have a reprieve.
A funny thing happened when we tried to see “Dune” in IMAX when it was first out. Things are really super busy (big surprise…) and I kept putting it off until our son pointed out that it would only be out a few more days before it got bumped by “Eternals.” I pushed some deadline work around and got tickets for the final showing at our local IMAX. But when we got there we were told that the theater was having technical issues and the show was canceled.
We went back to the front desk (we had bought our tickets online) and got a refund, as well as four passes for any future shows. As much as I would have really liked to scream and yell and raise hell about it all (I was REALLY disappointed), screaming at a minimum-wage teenager working the night shift at a movie theater isn’t going to solve anything. They were doing their best, it was just a shitty situation for everyone involved, and we went home.
Then I heard about this “encore” engagement for just a few days. I went onto the “Dune” website, looked up IMAX showings, and was told that the nearest theater was in Toronto. The one in Canada. But in a few days, that would change. It’s just for a couple of days – my guess is that on Thursday there’s another big blockbuster opening up in IMAX, but in the meantime, they’re slipping “Dune” back in. (“West Side Story” perhaps? “Spiderman” next week? Whatever.)
Take a shot. Find a theater near you. Go see it.
If it’s not already the greatest film I’ve ever seen, it’s at least in the top ten.
So utterly fantastic.
I’m going to need some time to sort it all out. And probably a few more viewings.