Almost all of the topics that were introduced in the book were presented in the movie. One notable difference, and one I was not happy about, was the fact that there was not as many speeches by Squealer. He played such a prominent role in the book. The only speech I can recall was when he was explaining to the chickens that wings count as legs, too. While in the book there was a steady stream of propaganda there was not as much in the movie. I was disappointed since I was looking forward to seeing how Squealer was portrayed in the movie.
I did like the depiction of the humans and the way the writers and the actors conveyed their true hostility towards the animals. I enjoyed it even more because of their ruthless yet comical nature.
I wasn’t as fond of the way that the animals were depicted. The animals just felt too much like a Saturday cartoon and I started to chuckle at the sight of Old Major. Old Major just seemed too goofy and silly rather than old and wise. I didn’t see the old, cynical, geezer that was Benjamin in Orwell’s novel; I saw the one of the donkeys from Pinocchio.
The quality of the YouTube video was also not very good at times. In some scenes of the movie I could see perfectly fine, but in some others I could barely see since they were so dark. This took away from my enjoyment of the movie and I found myself trying to adjust the brightness on my laptop instead of watching the actual movie.
Overall, I considered the movie version of Orwell’s’ Animal Farm an okay movie that definitely suffers because of the time that has passed since it was made. However, it still stayed true to the book and kept me interested. In fact, the plotline of the movie and the book had many similarities to the ornamental system that Communist Russia had. This was most likely due to the fact that the Russian rebellion was going on when Orwell wrote the book.
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars