Thursday, February 9, 2017

Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984)

In a totalitarian future society, a man whose daily work is rewriting history tries to rebel by falling in love.

Accurately gloomy and defeatist adaptation of Orwell's classic dystopian novel has some good post-war settings and a good cast; the pessimistic vision, unfortunately, is as valid as ever nowadays.

Halliwell*: "Pointless, perhaps, to make a prophetic film in the year it was supposed to be prophesying, but this version adds a few twists to Orwell's nightmarish original and is well if sometimes confusingly made."

Maltin***: "Appropriately grim, well-cast version...Superior to the 1956 version, though the oppressive gloominess of  the second half does wear you down. Seedily impressive production design."

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