And just what is a “Saturday Movie Review” you might
ask? I’ve got a lot of unreviewed movies in my
collection. I plan to review one movie every
Saturday until that has been rectified. I’ll be
skipping most of the horror films, to save them for
another Halloween event, and passing on the
superheroes for now because we’ve got a lot of that
content anyway with new releases and comic books.
Aside from that, I’m going through them all, and I’ll
be reviewing them in alphabetical order (with the
exception of next week’s holiday themed review.) My
collection is sorted with numbers first, so here we
Cast, Crew, and Other Info
John Hurt as Winston Smith
Richard Burton as O’Brien
Suzanna Hamilton as Julia
Novel written by George Orwell.
Screenplay written and directed by Michael
Complete information is available from the IMDB.
Past movie reviews can be found here.
In the future, independent thought is considered evil,
and that makes
our hero a criminal.
Writing in the dust.
Changing props on the coral in the globe. (The
obviously solid glass
ball broke like a shell.) You’d think that they’d
find a prop that
could look pretty and still break, given how
specifics of the prop were.
It’s hard to be original when making a fairly
adaptation of a book that was one in a line of
early in this century. 3 out of 6.
The effects were either non-existant or
transparent. I give it 6 out of 6.
The story is cerebral and bleak. As an old
said of the book, “1984 is about as subtle as
repeatedly hit on the head with a two by four.” This
paranoid feel is obvious. After events like Watergate
and the Starr
report, there’s also some question of how feasible
this really is.
The novel was published before either event, but the
definitely post-Watergate, complete with the cynicism
Still, that’s a minor nitpick compared to the
of the viewer with the message. I give it 4 out of 6.
The acting is well suited to the automaton,
of the populace. I give it 5 out of 6.
The emotional response generated was weak.
Yes, it’s a scary
world, but when you don’t care about the characters in
a “future” that
takes place over 20 years ago, it’s hard to get really
give it 3 out of 6.
The production had an incredibly and
pace. A slow pace can work, when the audience has
metaphors, nuances, and multiple meanings of a rich
experience to stew on (see: Kubrick), but we do not
have any of
these. Instead, we have a pedantic and obvious
repeatedly. I give it 3 out of 6.
Overall, this movie is exactly what you might
you’ve read the book. I give it 4 out of 6.
In total, 1984 receives 28 out of 42.