Thursday, June 17, 2010

Lord of the Flies (1963): review- 7/10

Children stranded on an island following an air crash fall two "tribes"; the first led by Ralph is thoughtful and democratic; the second is lead by a tyrant, Jack, and is violent and irrational, given to bloodlust and wild celebration.

The film is good but not suburb, because the child actors who are too limited in their emotional range.

Moreover, the film is insufficiently visceral: we really do need to see more graphic images of destruction and violence for the film to work: adept cutting is simply not enough.

However, the film does succeed in maintaining a tension throughout and is admirably economical in method.

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