Fahrenheit 451: We Are All Made Bored in the Fire

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Director Ramin Bahrani had a difficult choice ahead of him while adapting Ray Bradbury’s 1953 novel, Fahrenheit 451: make a faithful adaptation of the beloved book or update it for an audience closer to Guy Montag’s dystopia than Bradbury’s original vision.

Watching the new HBO movie, it seems Bahrani tried his best to compromise, and the result is not going to ignite a lot of passion; let’s just say that Michael B. Jordan, fresh off his killer success in Black Panther, is not going to snap any retainers here.

Yet, not every update or revision is a bad choice.

Bradbury’s novel was far from perfect to begin with.

I somehow escaped high school and college without reading Fahrenheit 451. And most of my adult life, too. In fact, I only read it last week. So, I have no nostalgia for this book. I do, however, love Bradbury’s short fiction ...

The Shape of Water Frames Communication as a Revolutionary Act

The Shape of Water, 2017

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The particular oeuvre of Guillermo del Toro turns on many themes, but communication is often the spoke of his wheel. Pan’s Labyrinth is the story of a little girl whose inability to communicate her feelings amid worldly horrors leads to her retreating into a different realm. ...

The Shape of Water, 2017
The Shape of Water, 2017
The Shape of Water, 2017
The Shape of Water, 2017
The Shape of Water, 2017

The Firemen Start the Fires in the First Look at HBO’s Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451 HBO movie adaptation first look Ray Bradbury Michael B. Jordan Guy Montag HBO Films has shared the first official photo from Fahrenheit 451, its forthcoming adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s classic dystopian novel set in a future where reading is outlawed and books are burned. It’s, appropriately, an action shot of firefighter Guy Montag (Michael B. Jordan) letting the flames fly on some contraband reading, while his superior Beatty (Michael Shannon) looks on approvingly. More info from the press release:

Based on Ray Bradbury’s classic dystopian novel which depicts a future where media is an opiate, history is outlawed and “firemen” burn books, Fahrenheit 451 follows Montag, a young fireman who forsakes his world, battles his mentor Beatty and struggles to regain his humanity. Michael B. Jordan, Michael Shannon, Laura Harrier, Sophia Boutella and Lilly Singh star. The film is directed by Ramin Bahrani, who also serves as executive producer with Sarah Green, Michael B. Jordan, Alan Gasmer and Peter Jaysen; David ...

Fahrenheit 451 Coming to HBO with Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon

Fahrenheit 451 Fahrenheit 451 is coming to the screen. Variety reports that HBO is developing a TV film of Ray Bradbury’s classic novel, starring Michael B. Jordan as Montag, the young fireman who has a crisis of conscience when he begins to believe that burning books is wrong, and Michael Shannon as Beatty, Montag’s captain and mentor. The film will be directed by Ramin Bahrani, whose previous films include Man Push Cart, Chop Shop (which Roger Ebert cited as the 6th best film of the 2000s), and, most recently, 99 Homes. Bahrani will co-write the film with Amir Naderi, writer/director of The Runner and Vegas: Based on a True Story. Bradbury’s 1953 novel depicts a society where books are outlawed, and people instead spend their time in front of the parlor walls, essentially floor-to-ceiling televisions. Montag begins to reconsider his actions as he realizes that his wife is succumbing to depression, ...