FAHRENHEIT 451 REVIEWED
“Fahrenheit 451” has experience a few adaptations. When HBO announced their version coming from the director of 99 Homes, I was pumped. Then, I saw the film. Somewhere between the recent fetish of making Ohio into the face of new dystopias, something became apparent. Michael B. Jordan didn’t quite get the role. That’s not a knock on him as an actor, it’s just a bit of miscasting. What happened?
Well, somewhere between Michael Shannon bringing religious fury to his book burning and Michael B. Jordan trying to make sense of his world, the adaptation collapsed. It’s one thing to have a fireman question the need to destroy literature. It’s another to mine literally every single Dystopia cliche of the last 30 years while adapting Bradbury. There is a point when a work of literature becomes so iconic that one can naturally ape its influence rather than the source.
I also like the idea of the Eels in this one, but even they didn’t quite stick the landing. If this were a pilot for a 451 series, I would be onboard. However, it fails in every possible way as a feature.
- 1.78:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track