Lord of the Flies
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...but that's all I can say good about the film.
Golding originally conceived "Lord of the Flies" as an xploration of Human nature, and how people are inheirently evil. To drive this point home, he took English school boys (some of whom were members of a church choir) crash landed them on an island during a wartime evacuation and said, "Have at it!" (metaphorically speaking). The book and indeed the 1963 movie version asks how if even children can become cruel and violent and evil with very little prompting, are humans as advanced as we like to think? Are we really all that different from animals? Readers/viewers are shocked to see how far such a small child can fall.
This, the 1990 version of Lord of the Flies, puts American military students on an island during a conflict of some sort, so when the first blow is struck it's not all that surprising. This removes the impact of Golding's ideas, and this becomes another adventure story (of sorts. Like "The Hun Family Robinson"). Further, the "updated" material doesn't really work: the glo-sticks, kids talking about watching "ALF" on TV (which seriously dates this movie. I guess the screenwrighter thought ALF would be around forever. Another example of the narrowness of this version. It is already obsolete, while the book perseveres.), Simon having a vision of a stealth bomber, etc.. It's all a bit too uneven, too naive almost, but totally lacking in charm (if such a word can be used here). In essence, this is a visceral film that lacks guts.Read more ›
Unfortunately, the whole spirit of the novel doesn't exist in the film and that is a severe detriment. The breakup of society is not really examined and the boys who end up following the Lord of the Flies seem more like rowdy schoolchildren rather than youth who have given themselves over to pure evil. I was also disappointed that Simon was reduced to such a small role and that his famous scene talking with the real Lord of the Flies didn't even take place (yes, it would be expensive to do, but that scene is crucial to the rest of the story's plot).
Overall, a decent movie, but not a very good adaptation of the novel it's based upon.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I liked this version this time as I did the first time I viewed the film.Published 9 days ago by Carolyn Phelps
Possibly the worst adaptation of a novel. Do NOT buy this for the classroom! Added swearing, altered story, where the heck was Simon? Read morePublished 28 days ago by lt
I remember watching this when I liitle. It stuck with me forever. Watched it with my kids and they still talk about it.Published 1 month ago by hernans26
Good movie. I didn't recall some of the language used from when I watched it many years ago however nothing the kids watching it hadn't heard before.Published 1 month ago by Racer-13
Well, the book was way better. This had too much cussing in it, and some major parts of the book was not included. Everything else was good though, and the story was correct. :)Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Though Americanized, still mostly faithful to the book. The book was required reading when I was in school 45 years ago, and it still is. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
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