Dune: Part Two @ SIFF Cinema Downtown and More Seattle Cinemas

Epic film, epic location 🍿

📸: Dune: Part Two

📆 Opens Thursday, February 29th | SIFF showtimes here
🎥 166 minutes
🎟 Tickets start at $14.50
📍 SIFF Cinema Downtown: 2100 4th Ave, Seattle

📍 Screening at more locations, including Regal Cinemas, AMC Cinemas, The Varsity Theatre, Admiral Theatre, Majestic Bay Theatres, Pacific Science Center (in IMAX), and more

Now that SIFF Cinema Downtown (FKA Cinerama) has officially reopened, Seattleites have a theater epic enough to contain the sci-fi spectacle that is Dune: Part Two. The clanking and booming of extraterrestrial battles projected by the theater’s Dolby Atmos sound system? Inhaling chocolate popcorn as Paul Atreides monologues? Giant sandworms slithering across the 97-foot curved screen? Sign me up!!!!!!!

Backing up a bit. Dune: Part Two is the second half of director Denis Villeneuve’s two-part adaptation of Tacoma-born Frank Herbert’s iconic and intricate space opera. When we last left Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) in Dune: Part One back in 2021, he had just linked up with Chani (Zendaya) and the Fremen on the distant desert planet Arrakis after escaping the evil clutches of the blood and spice thirsty House Harkonnen. Now, Paul intends to seek revenge on the Harkonnens for destroying his family before time runs out. 

The already stellar crew from the first part will be even more star-studded in this follow-up. (Though Josh Brolin, who plays Paul’s mentor, Gurney Halleck, sums up the cast better than I ever could.) Here’s the gist: A bald and eyebrow-less Austin Butler is Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen, Paul’s new mortal enemy, with Dave Bautista playing his older brother, Glossu Rabban Harkonnen. Christopher Walken is Emperor Shaddam IV, and his daughter, Princess Irulan, is played by Florence PughLéa SeydouxAnya Taylor-Joy, and composer Hans Zimmer is once again on score duties. 

While reading the original book is not a requirement, watching Dune: Part One is a must if you’re going to understand this film. So do your homework before settling into one of SIFF Cinema Downtown’s cushy seats. And remember—fear is the mind-killer. 

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Jas Keimig

Jas Keimig is an arts and culture writer in Seattle. Their work has previously appeared in The Stranger, i-D, Netflix, and Feast Portland. They won a game show once and have a thing for stickers.