Frank Herbert's Dune is one of my favourite books, so it wouldn't have surprised me very much if I hadn't enjoyed this series. Bad reviews had me prepared for disappointment. But I enjoyed it very much. It's as true to the book as any film based on a book is true to its book - a lot truer than most in fact. You can't expect a film to get in all the detail and explanation that a book can give. Film's a different medium with its own limitations. The story presented here gives a fair representation of Herbert's masterpiece in my opinion. I think I would have a good understanding of the situation he described from watching this series, even if I hadn't read the book. Critical reviews had prepared me to expect the actors to be miscast and the scenery to be tacky and unconvincing. But I have to say that I thought the actors suited their roles and played them well. It's true that some of the scenery is obviously 2-dimensional and painted on, but I didn't find this too distracting. The colours, costumes, atmosphere and drama gave my imagination all it needed to do its job. I love a good story, whether read to me or shown to me or if I have to read it myself. It's not the job of the storyteller alone to feed an audience's passive or lazy imagination. The imagination has to do some of the work too. We've come to expect technical perfection from modern film makers and I've watched too many films lately, with huge budgets, famous actors, excellent CGI and nothing at all by way of a coherent story. As Doctor Kynes said, referring to a planetary ecosystem, (in the book) "Beyond a critical point within a finite space, freedom diminishes as numbers increase" and perhaps the film moguls could say something similar.
I recommend this series to anyone who's prepared to provide a bit of tolerance and imagination.