The movie does a poor job of illustrating a classic book written by George Orwell. Like all movies based on books, this one is no exception of directors missing their chance at making the book into reality. Clockwork Orange did a fantastic job connecting the movie to the book with helpful narration along the way. While this movie did go through the motions of the book with quotations, it failed to grasp the significant idea and its entirety of the book. Those who read the book may know what i speak of when i say it leaves out and rushes important details. I think for people who have not read the book and watches this movie would be disappointed with what a fantastic story it may be.
This is an absolutely trash movie compared to the book. Yes, all movies don't live up to the book by comparison, but in this case, it seems as though the writers, directors, and storyboard executives just cliff noted the book and wrote a scrip. There were so many parts of the movie that could have enhanced the feelings and relationships of the book without actually doing much at all. Even as a stand alone movie it doesn't make sense. The audience has no idea about the implication the events, the people, heck, the movie doesn't even explain anything sounding big brother. Much of these problems could have been solved by having a narrator, but because they didn't it leaves the audience confused for the entire duration of the movie. I want my money back.
The acting by John Hurt, Susanna Hamilton and Richard Burton, as well as the adaptation of an incredibly complex novel, is excellent. Orwell published this novel 72 years ago in the aftermath of two "World Wars," both of which pitted socalled "white" people from "Oceana" (aka Europe and North America) against "Urasia" (aka Africa, China, Vietnam) anyone who was not part of the colonial mindset (divide and conquer). Orwell was ahead of his time and predicted in this brilliantly conceived novel (which I finally read last summer) exactly the type of world we live in (not just in 1984, but in 2021). If you have any concept of suffering at the hands of those who abuse their power, you will understand and appreciate this film.