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I Am Not Okay with This
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Fahrenheit 451 is an adaptation that did its damnedest to update the source material to be more relevant to a younger audience. Ironic, considering the very actions it attempts to vilify.
I will give praise to the visual F/X GUI teams, they did a fantastic job of representing a modern twist on the broadcasts and pervasive presence of The Ministry. But the story itself was lost on the editing room floor, in favor of drawn-out scenes of visualizing the character's wrestling with their own demons, while completely ignoring the impact of "YUXIE", the all-pervasive AI that is the representation of The Ministry.
They built a great villain, a modern-day AI omnipresence device. I applaud them for that. But they never let YUXIE shine and become the villain it was meant to be because they chose to write Millie out of the story. Millie was Guy's wife who was so deep down society's rabbit hole she couldn't comprehend Guy's need to understand the books. She should have been the representation of what happens when we trust our AI overlords and don't think critically. Instead, they tried to wrap that role into Fireman Douglass and the other "firefighters" but failed to do so convincingly. 5 more minutes with Fireman Douglass's blind devotion and we might have walked away with a better appreciation for what Guy broke away from and what Douglass represented.
I want to like this movie, I really do, but it appears they burned Bradbury's book in hopes of finding a phoenix, and were left with nothing but bland ashes.