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Although the novel and the film are very similar seeing the film enhances the novel because from the opening shot of Nineteen eighty four the viewer is plunged right into the hell hole of Oceania and the ultimate totalitarian nightmare Second the scene when Winston and Julia are captured by the Thought Police this scene was riveting Third it gives you a visual basis upon which to look at the book and I can tell you that with very few exceptions the movie is exceptionally true to the book It was very easy to spot the deviation as I read through it but from a visual perspective this movie goes to great pains to depict things exactly as they are described in the book There are just a few things about the film that bug me and Ill bet they bug other Orwell readers too There is no real attempt to deal with what or who Big Brother is in this film Big Brother seems to not be an embodiment of a neatly packaged and simplistic political philosophy but rather just a face on a screen The whole point of Big Brother in the novel is that he is given a personality even if he does not really exist as a person This could have been even eerier in a film that in a novel if done rightly A great disappointment and a major chance missed Second is Newspeak wasnt explained Ok you can skip that in a film but then why us OBrien depicted talking in Newspeak and why are we left in the dark as to what the hell he is doing Thirdly I was a bit let down in the character of OBrien He seemed to come off as a standard inner party drone in the movie while in the book there was the hint that he was actually very special and important In the movie when he tortures Winston he seems
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