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Fahrenheit 451 fails to burn as brightly as its classic source material, opting for slickly mundane smoke-blowing over hard-hitting topical edge.
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The film isn't much of a read, though.
For all its anger and barefaced rage, this Fahrenheit 451 is a ravishing experience to watch.
Where it truly falls short is in capturing the ways that literature helps us define our humanity and our individuality and life's meaning.
And that's the problem with Fahrenheit 451: It works so ferociously to be relevant that it forgets to make sense.
Fahrenheit 451's main problem stems from the fact that it jams a series' worth of story into 100 minutes.
The depth [of Fahrenheit 451] helps texture everything that is present and brings Ray Bradbury's world to life before your eyes.
Bahrani crafts a distinctive and tense narrative, but none of his editorial choices match the depth or power of the original book.
Books aren't just the stories within, but also the memories and associations they create, paths to other places. That doesn't really come across in this adaptation; rather it sets up several pathways that remain unexplored.
While the film attempts to put its own spin on the story for the digital age, Bahrani's film does not measure up to the source material.
[This] adaptation of Ray Bradburry's classic novel doesn't really shock the core like it should, mostly because it's a movie that wants the essence of a narrative without really digging into the themes.
HBO's Fahrenheit 451 is horrifically beautiful. It feels both divorced from and intrinsically tied to its source material, the 1953 dystopian novel by Ray Bradbury.
There are things that work with the adaptation that could have been even more successful given time to play out over the course of a season.
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