- Summary: Guy Montag (Michael B. Jordan) does his job of burning books without question until he meets someone that helps him to decide to go against his mentor (Michael Shannon) and society at large in Ramin Bahrani's adaptation of Ray Bradbury's sci-fi novel of the same name.
- Genre(s): Drama, Movie/Mini-Series, Science Fiction
- Show Type: TV Movie
- Season 1 premiere date: May 19, 2018
- Episode Length: 101
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It feels timeless, but also very much of-the-time. More so than Francois Truffaut’s 1966 version of Fahrenheit--This Fahrenheit is distinctive, so on-message from one moment to the next, and so scary in both its depictions and implications, that there are times where it feels as if it’s intellectually brutalizing the audience, slapping viewers across the face to get them to wake up from a stupor.
As a story, it holds together well enough, if a bit too neatly. Even if you haven’t read the book, there’s a lack of urgency to the film because it fits so snugly into generic expectations.
Jun 3, 2018The most trenchant criticism of HBO's reimagining of Fahrenheit 451 is that it might make you read the book.
Probably these reviewers haveThe most trenchant criticism of HBO's reimagining of Fahrenheit 451 is that it might make you read the book.
Probably these reviewers have not sat through Truffaut's 66 version which resembles an episode of "The Prisoner" rather then what we see everyday in 2018.
Director Ramin Bahrani has obviously been given access to some of that Game of Thrones money because the film looks gorgeous in the way all BladeRunner 2049 films do - all flatscreen and neon. Except that flatscreens did not exist when Bradbury invented them in the original book.
The screenplay takes huge amounts of leave to retell the story which makes this a less challenging work but much easier to consume. The acting is great - all three leads are knockouts. Jordan brings his Hollywood charisma, Boutella all eyes and intrigue but as usual it is Michael Shannon who just blows everyone off the screen. On top of "Shape of Water", there is no actor who best portrays toxic conflict then Shannon. I found his descent into heretical thinking while maintaining orthodoxy absolutely compelling.
The conventional aspects of the film do take it away from the wider messages in the book as the film tries to shunt it into a structure of a modern thriller but if that allows the book to have a new audience it is worth it. It is a noble experiment even if tinged with mediocrity but its discussion of what is meaningful, what is true and the struggle against an idiocracy rings truer in 2018 then in 1953.… Expand
May 20, 2018Interesting at times, boring most of the film. Great actors, amazing performances and some good action. It could have been way better but theyInteresting at times, boring most of the film. Great actors, amazing performances and some good action. It could have been way better but they decided to make it medium.… Expand
Feb 7, 2019While watching Ramin Bahrani's "Fahrenheit 451", I could not help but cringe at some of its ridiculous ideas. Like Captain Beatty (MichaelWhile watching Ramin Bahrani's "Fahrenheit 451", I could not help but cringe at some of its ridiculous ideas. Like Captain Beatty (Michael Shannon) the leader of the Cleveland Firemen, an organization responsible for burning books, hiding away and slowly taking out a pen and paper. Oh, the humanity! You would think masturbation is still a crime in that wanna-be utopic society. But the silliest one was an edited picture of Benjamin Franklin in a fireman hat burning books with a flamethrower.
I found that pathetic. But "books are here to remind us what fools we can be". I realized that this society was so foolish that for them, something as ridiculous as that seemed true. It was a clever way for the film to tell us that we are a bunch of spoiled, privileged fools. Flat Earth Society and a measles outbreak in 2018? What the hell is going on? Who are we to call something ridiculous when the age we live in is ridiculous enough? But if this started to look like a subtle satire, it pretty much stopped there.
Bahrani wanted to extract more from the book, but his focus is in the wrong place. Shannon and Jordan are too basic to deserve so much introspection and there are many quotes which of course are intelligent, they are from books, you uncultured swine! But their number are way too many, none of them standing out and dwindling their meaning. But this film is so pretentious that it thinks its intelligent just by randomly spewing them out. Its like the people who post quotes on Facebook. The problem is not that we do not respect the writers or that we do not think they were intelligent people (on the contrary), its just that throwing them out from a self-proclaimed pedestal of knowledge makes you look like an annoying wanna-be wisecrack.
Then, of course, there is a slip there, something about DNA storage and some bird spreading knowledge by flying around and mating--this feels like hasted production but I am sure there is more to that Omnis thing that we have been shown.… Expand
Jun 12, 2018In Fahrenheit 451, Michael B. Jordan plays a fireman in a future in which all books are banned and are often burned to ash by firemen. HeIn Fahrenheit 451, Michael B. Jordan plays a fireman in a future in which all books are banned and are often burned to ash by firemen. He eventually starts questioning what he's doing, and that's what this film is ultimately about. He wants to read books; he's curious. The problem with his character is that in the beginning he is portrayed as being all about the cause (burning all books left in existence), but then he switches sides rather quickly without too much of an internal struggle. His level of commitment is always a bit murky, and I wasn't sure exactly what to think about his character. Michael Shannon's character is what I'd equate to a dumpster fire. He's curious about books, he reads books, he writes, but he is completely committed to burning books. It appears that he's meant to be a complex villain, but his character fails to achieve what he's meant to be. In fact, none of the characters are given enough time to develop. The film is entirely too short and by the end I didn't care about any of the characters. It also doesn't help that it never feels like the story has left the first act. It's as if it should take off at some point, but the boosters failed on take off...so we're left with a story where it doesn't seem like a whole lot happens.
The script is also very inconsistent, and Michael B. Jordan is given some awful dialogue at times.
However, I will say that this film does have a high quality look to it. It looks good. The cinematography is solid. It's just a shame that the story and characters don't measure up.
Overall: Fahrenheit 451 isn't the worst film you'll watch this year, but given the actors involved and the material it's based on (which is highly regarded), it's simply a disappointment.… Expand
May 27, 2018Interesting premise, would probably have worked better as an HBO miniseries than a actual film. I never read the actual novel but I wasInteresting premise, would probably have worked better as an HBO miniseries than a actual film. I never read the actual novel but I was excited for this film nonetheless just because of the cast and the stuff I had read about the book. The cast is great, though Michael B Jordan's character is given little character development, poor motivations and Sofia Boutella could have been utilized alot better than the way she was used. All in all, It's a mediocre film that could have been and should have been alot better than it turned out to be.… Expand
May 23, 2018I've been a reader most of my life but obviously when I was a kid I started with books according to my age. However when I started with moreI've been a reader most of my life but obviously when I was a kid I started with books according to my age. However when I started with more mature books I formed a trilogy with three novels that frankly had nothing to do with each other except that two of them were dystopic.
Those books were the first adult novels I read and that's why I've always had a special appreciation for them. The novels to which I refer are: 1984, Slaughterhouse-Five and Fahrenheit 451.
I'm not one of those crazy literature fans who get upset if the source material is altered when it becomes a film because I understand perfectly they are completely different mediums. Even so I must emphasize this film is a failure and I will not say it just because it wastes its cast, especially Michael Shannon, I say this because the film was unable to adopt even a little of the subtlety of the novel and far from being able to call it a successful adaptation it's rather the idealization of something that never materializes and therefore it's inevitable to judge it based on the book because the story was too good to be wasted this way.
A sad misfire coming from HBO.… Expand
Jul 11, 2018The modern screen version by classics of anti-utopia causes in me only disappointment and despondency. This movie one big spittle in a face toThe modern screen version by classics of anti-utopia causes in me only disappointment and despondency. This movie one big spittle in a face to all readers of the original.
Why Monteg became black? Where his wife?
What the hell the novel culmination in general another in difference from the original. Where nuclear explosion?
The only light spot of this "work" - an excellent game of the actor of Michael Shannon. For him it is possible and to give 1 point estimates.
The worst screen version of the literary work that I saw.… Expand