Lord of the Flies : Movie Critique
Filmed in 1963 in the city of Chattanooga, Tennessee, director Peter Brook’s Lord of the Flies finally puts a face on every character in William Golding’s masterpiece. Like every movie, it is not without its nicks, but I can definitely say that this is one of the few adaptations of a novel who stays true to the plot, the characters as well as the overall feeling of the story.
The movie is about a group of young survivor boys who are stranded on an unknown island after a terrible plane crash. Left to survive on their own, they must take on adult responsibilities and maturity overnight. Inevitably, they form two rival groups: the Hunters, led by Jack (Tom Chapin) ensure meat for the others, preoccupied with immediate survival, doing so while enjoying the castaway life they are imposed. The other group is led by Ralph (James Aubrey), who build shelters and collect food, waiting to be rescued. This clearly illustrates the difference between civilization and savagery.
For such a low budget film, this was quite a great effort on Brook’s part. It did not fail to capture the strong emotions and details of the novel. Perhaps, in part, this is due to the child actors who, for amateurs, were very natural and looked comfortable on set. What I mean by this, is that the actors did not ACT like little boys, but were little boys themselves, turning their sometimes nervous actions and behaviors into reality. Using non-professional child actors is one of the many things that make this movie unique and real. Yes, the speech and the interaction between the boys is awkward, stilted, even sometimes stuttered, but in this case, it’s not a sign of bad acting; it is the point. The awkwardness is due to the constant fear of being cast out, and the “bad dream” quality of the film is very well reflected by this.
Another great aspect of this film is the special effects. Some wouldn’t dare call them that, since they don’t compare to what...