About the Movie
The classic George Orwell story set in a world where absolute conformity in action, word and thought including loyalty to Big Brother is demanded.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 20
- Fresh: 16
- Rotten: 4
- Average Rating: 6.7/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: Nodding to the movie's bleak mood, Burton bleakens himself; robbed of the pleasures of the grand, show-offy way he could use his voice, the mischievous twinkle of his eye, you feel cheated.
Good production design...
There is quite an aesthetic to this, and it feels haunted like Brazil or The Wall can. I even like the fonts. Explain the last 5 minutes to me, though...
Excellent film version
This film of "1984" was released in 1984 and shot in and around the same regions in Britain described in the book by Orwell. It was a flop at the time, if I recall. This was likely because it is so faithful to the book in terms of its brutally depressing tone and aesthetic that most people didn't find it enjoyable. Doesn't mean it wasn't great. It is. NOTE TO Hornet Montana: (**SPOILER ALERT**) Explain the last five minutes? The "hero" has his spirit broken. He is psychologically tortured by what most terrifies him, he betrays the woman he loves, has his mind wiped clean, and now loves Big Brother. He is left alive, but his humanity has been erased. The bad guys win. (See what I meant about depressing?)
An utterly, jaw-droppingly amazing film. Emotionally, intelectually as true to the book as I could have ever imagined. That this movie is not required viewing is a travesty. Normally, I abhor emotionally-wrought dramas (beyond their aesthetic appeal) for what they can teach us about life, but this film is different. This is totalitarianism, and should make leftists absolutely shutter. It is a timely reminder of the dangers of big government.