This week, we talk about the new film Dune: Part Two. A star-studded epic featuring Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Florence Pugh, and more. It’s the second instalment in the Dune franchise, based on the book by Frank Herbert and directed by Denis Villeneuve. The FT’s global business columnist Rana Foroohar, an avid Dune fan, and associate editor Stephen Bush join guest host Katya Kumkova to talk through it. Is watching the film worth its long runtime? Why has Dune endured as a franchise? And what do we want from a possible third film?


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Links (all FT links get you past the paywall):

Dune: Part Two is in cinemas now.

– FT critic Danny Leigh’s 4-star review of Dune: Part Two is here:

– Rana is on X @RanaForoohar and Stephen is @stephenkb.

– Rana has also written the cover story for this week’s FT Magazine – an interview with the USs’ most powerful union leaders:

– For those inspired to read the Dune novels, we enjoyed this feature, ‘Sci-fi books are taking off again’:

More or Less:

– Rana wants to see more people taking weekend trips to the Catskills.

– Stephen wants to see less detail in video games such as Final Fantasy VII: Rebirth. You can read the FT’s review of the game here.

– Katya wants to see better sound design in movies and cinemas. Dune: Part Two’s score was written by Hans Zimmer. You can listen to a playlist here.


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Original music by Metaphor Music. Mixing and sound design by Breen Turner and Sam Giovinco. Clip by Warner Brothers.

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