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better in print
- don letta
Some literature should remain just that... literature. This is one of two attempts to bring this book to the screen, and both are less than satisfying. In fact they're both annoying. The '63 version suffers from a randomness that beggars the imagination. Dreadful editing, disconnected direction and a cast of amateur-hour youngsters, this mess is too long to disregard as just a minor failure, it's a colossal bore. All the greatness of the book is lost here, for the sake of filming that which shouldn't be filmed. If more proof is needed, watch the 1990 version!
an old fart review.
give hunger games a snickers.. tell the maze runners they are on a path to nowhere and someone tell insurgent they need one big ass washing machine ..because they got matrix around the collar. the one.. the only.. lord of the flies.. for all of your youth destroying it self needs. this has it all..except..with better acting..script..and happy to say..no adult characters who make no damn sense at all..and are there only for a payday.
Did anyone else note the irony that the group of boys who marched over dressed in black cloaks and hats singing "Kyrie Eleison" (Lord have mercy) over and over were largely the same ones who turned into the warpainted, blood-lusting savages? Ralph and Piggy, wise beyond their years, the voices of reason and sanity, end up as the savage mob's victims. A first-rate film that should be seen by everyone, especially those interested in group dynamics and mob psychology.
This movie was big boomer generation fare with the title " Lord of the Flies " as the translation of "Beezlebub"- the gross comrade of Satan- forever on their mass mind!
Great Adaptation of the Book
A faithful film adaptation of the book by William Golding. The boy who plays "Piggy" is superb, and it is impossible to imagine him differently if you read the book after seeing the movie. Highly recommended.
The movie really helped me understand the book, and identify with the characters in the book. THe movies is definitely better than the book.
1963 Lord of the Flies
- Eric F
The book Lord of the Flies was compulsary read when I was in high school and for my money the 1963 "original" Lord of the Flies is far superior to the remake version in the 1990's. The child actors in this version are brilliant, even though they are mostly unrecognizable names. If you loved the book then you should love this movie version...definitely a must see. I give it a 4 out of 5 stars.Eric F.Vancouver, Canada
Lord of the Flies
- Dashiell Barnes
The earliest adaptation of the William Golding novel is shown in this film. I liked the black-&-white cinemotography used to capture the eerie flora & fuana. The sound of the jungles was also impressive. What I loathed about this film were the flat characterizations of the young characters, they were dull & not all that interesting. This was made-up by the extraordinary second half of the film where a majority of the boys turn wild & savage, killing pigs & eventually, each other. Even for me, that was terrifying to view. For the most part I was unsatisfied, but entertained. I give it a 2/5.