Fahrenheit 451 Reviews
What I've written so far is only about the source material because that's the only part of this film I liked. We never get to see Montag's journey; he goes from book-burner to reader in the matter of a quick night and a quicker conversation.
I normally don't care about set design, but this is a shallow, half-hearted attempt at creating a Stepford Wives future, and we needed a greater commitment to this idea if Truffaut wanted to feature the design so prominently.
Finally, I was remarkable unimpressed by Oskar Werner. His command of English was a stark contrast to all the characters around him, and he remained stolid, emotionless, and ineffective throughout most of the film's action.
Overall, read the book; don't see the film.
Regardless, the film contains some of the more iconic scenes of 1960's socially-minded sci-fi, and influential (if shallow and occasionally unfounded) messages, and is worth watching at least for this alone. Sadly, it is unmistakable as a poor adaptation whose high-points are not a result of good film-making or engaging acting, but instead it's excellent source material.
Knowledge is power, the ones in power know this, so they try to keep it from us. Does anyone else recognize this in our society today? how so many peoples lives revolve around the TV and how so many people are so scared to go outside their doors. How about the "No Children Left Behind" policy? This can all be found in this movie.
The Founders of the USA saw this possibility back in 1776. People saw it in 1950s and so on and so on... this is nothing new. However, even with people continually telling us and all the evidence that this is coming, we have allowed it to happen.
Governments need the people, the people don't need the governments.