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And what is with the pilot? His presence took the place of the beast - not a good replacement. The beast itself was barely mentioned.
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There were two scenes which I somewhat enjoyed - Simon's body floating in the water not the scene of his death , and the chasing of Ralph through the burning forest - both these scenes take less than a minute. This movie is not worth watching. I suggest you don't. GuitaristX 25 May I watched this movie during my English Class a few weeks back, and I have to say, it was rather disappointing.
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I loved the book, the story was very interesting, unlike anything I've ever read. The story almost completely changes, nothing but the bear bones of the book are left, and it made me sort of angry. It was cartoonish, and lacked any symbolism whatsoever. The book was great because of it, and here it lacks something. I feel that someone who hasn't read the book will laugh, they probably wouldn't understand what is going on.
So much of the plot was taken out. The acting is okay though, Balthazar Getty does a good job as Ralph. Despite the boys being American here, he reminded me of the Ralph in the book. I love this movie and I don't know why so many people bag it.
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I have seen it several times and I actually own a copy. I must confess though that I have never read the novel or seen the original version.
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People who have read the novel have said that they found the movie disappointing. Movies are never as good as books. There are always different interpretations in movies and it is sometimes very hard to convey certain elements of a story in a book in a film. Several people have said they thought the acting was terrible. I thought the two lead actors Balthazar Getty Ralph and Chris Furrhr Jack were excellent and they both played their parts really well.
Balthazar Getty is a great actor who I think is very underrated. Okay so they replaced the British kids from the novel with American kids. So what who cares. Its still a great story and the whole point and theme of the story which is to show how children unsupervised by adults can turn into savages and become uncivilized is still there.
Also since when was swearing uncivilized? I noticed one reviewer commented on the fact that there was a lot of swearing and that the idea was that the kids were supposed to be polite and civilized before they became uncivilized. If swearing is uncivilized then we must all be because we all do it from time to time. There was not a lot of swearing anyway it was only occasionally. I have certainly seen and heard a lot worse. Get over it. I thought the cinematography was great too. If you like stories involving people stranded on a deserted island as I do then I recommend that you check it out.
Devilsdance 17 December I read the novel in tenth grade English class and remember watching both of the movies in class the week after finishing the book, but it had been several years since I'd seen this version and when it came on TV last weekend I decided to watch it.
The first thing that I noticed was that so much of the symbolic imagery was either lost or heavily modified, I'm not sure if the writer really understood the story's themes or got the meaning of some of the imagery of the story with important scenes changed and a great deal of the character development was left out entirely which makes the script feels like the cole's notes version of the story.
Among the more glaring changes were: In the book Simon was an allegory for Jesus while in the movie he's looked at as being "weird", they completely ignored the mystical almost Buddha like qualities of the character. In the book Jack represented the darkness that exists within us all and our hidden desire to pretend to be what we aren't while in this movie he's just an arrogant jerk. In the book the pigs head represented the pure evil of Satan lord of the flies is a translation from a Hebrew word that literally means the devil while in this version of the movie it's really just set dressing that does not convey the horror that it's supposed to.
In the book Roger starts out as a minor character but slowly builds into being a sadistic psychopath who represents the pure evil that we all possess but control, in this movie he is portrayed as being sick and twisted monster who revels in the pain of others almost right from the start and in the novel he's first described very subtly as being dark meaning evil not African American but in this version of the movie he's written as the stereotypical violent black kid.
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In the book Piggy's intellect is the glue that holds Ralph's civilization together, in this movie he 's written to be a whiny simpering sort of buffoon. But the biggest changes that actually hurt the movie the most were a combination of two things first changing the time setting and second making the boys American, The thing that made the novel so shocking was the idea that prim and proper English school boys in the late forties or early fifties could become uncivilized savages capable of horrific acts of brutality and violence committed against each other.
Updating the time setting and making the boys American really took away from the shock value of the novel because by the late eighties and early nineties it wasn't so uncommon to hear stories on the evening news about preteen gang bangers shooting people or middle school kids violently attacking each other on the school yard, these factors really desensitized the audience to the violence that the boys are doing to each other in the story and make it much less impactful to the viewer.
The acting is alright, it's nothing terribly special but watchable it's obvious that the director wasn't going to pull Oscar winning performances out of the kids but the leads manage to put in convincing performances and bring some life to their characters despite being saddled with a relatively flat script that omits much of the character development from the novel.
The direction and photography are good, although the bright lush colors sort of take away from the darkness of the story and make it seem like a tourism Hawaii commercial at times. The negatives slightly outweigh the positives but it's a decent movie and is at least watchable which is more than I can say for some movies today. Well I happened upon this movie by accident and started watching it because I fall for the kinds of movies where someones stuck on a desert island etc.
Over all it's an extremely good depiction of humanity and the psycological behavior of children left alone without guidance. The acting was wonderful, and I'm sure anyone who sees it will agree that that kind of situation is difficult to imagine let alone act out especially with the actors being so young. I recommend this movie for anyone looking for a creepy survival story. Michael 23 May When the new version of Lord Of The Flies hit screens in , it was critically savaged, mostly for being among that most maligned of film categories, the "remake".
Both film versions of Lord Of The Flies were based on the novel by Nobel prize winning author Sir William Golding and tell the story of a group of boys from a boarding school who end up stranded on a deserted tropical island when their plane crashes. Although they initially try to live with order and rules, it doesn't take long for the boys to descend into savagery. William Golding was a former schoolteacher who dealt with pre-adolescent oiks the same age as his novel's protagonists.
I suspect there was a good deal of satisfying revenge in his describing these boys as being nothing more than savages in school uniforms. But Golding was less interested in telling a realistic story than by making his deserted island an allegory for British society but he artificially stacks the deck by making his world all male and by keeping the boys between the ages of 8 and 13, before many of them start having sexual interests.
pierreducalvet.ca/119344.php Golding's novel is heavy on symbolism and paints its characters in stark unambiguous terms so Lord Of The Flies can be easily dissected with any intellectual knife, from the "political" Ralph represents Democracy, Jack represents Totalitarianism to the "psychological" Ralph is the Super Ego, Jack is the Id.
Personally, I think this undercuts his most powerful conceit, which is, without adult supervision, how long would it take for a group of young kids to degenerate into anarchy and brutality? In the version of Lord Of The Flies, the kids are not British, but American and they are from a military academy. This change upsets the purists most of all.
Because, if you were determined to show that the British class system is so inherently fragile that it would crumble when confronted with the merest challenge, your theory is kaput if the kids are American. American kids are automatically less uptight than their British counterparts.
From the very start they are less willing to group themselves into preconceived social stations. We see this clearly after a conch shell is found and all the boys are called for an assembly. Here, two older boys, each with natural leadership qualities rise to the occasion. Ralph Balthazar Getty is the liberal idealist and Jack Chris Furrh is the conservative realist and while they are good friends at the start, this soon changes.
Their personality differences immediately begin to shape life on the island. Jack focuses on the hedonistic positives; they don't have teachers, classes, tests or any girls to bother them, so why not enjoy this unscheduled vacation a little bit? But Ralph, thinking down the line a bit, knows that there is no way they can stay on this island for the rest of their lives and that if they don't start doing something to get rescued, they might end up doing just do that. This is a marked change from the version where Ralph and Jack hated each other from the get go.
In the earlier film, Jack is a conservative prig, bloviating like a conservative radio host, about how "the English are the best at everything" and automatically assuming himself the leader of the boys simply because he's head of the choir. Jack is openly scornful of the election that votes Ralph in as leader and immediately causes a rift by separating his friends into a group of hunters.
But, in the version, Jack is portrayed as a strong young lad with natural charisma. Jack gets the other kids to join his side not by bullying, but by actually providing a viable alternative to Ralph's leadership. Imagine what America would be like if conservatives ever learned that simple lesson! Think about it, in the version of Lord Of The Flies, since both Ralph and Jack are presented as attractive, competent and intelligent leaders, it is not so easy to assign blame when their island society begins to degenerate.
This is bothersome to most people because they prefer their symbolism spelled out for them. Overall, the story has been admirably updated by screenwriter Sara Schiff, her realistic depiction of the boys' descent into savagery is more organic and feels more truthful and less manipulative than the earlier film. So, why did the Lord Of The Flies get dissed so badly? Perhaps in , there were still people who felt that kids were somehow incorruptible and not prone to violence.
Even though history is full of stories about violent children from the Hitler Youth to the Khmer Rouge to the genocide being committed in various African countries today. The belief that a group of young boys would inevitably chuck aside civilization and descend into viciousness may have seemed unthinkable when the book was originally written and the film was shot.