Ryan and I would like to once again welcome you to another review for our Argumentative August Blogathon.
This next film, The Crucible (1996) is being reviewed by me
Let’s see what I thought of this movie….
“Because it is my name! Because I cannot have another in my life! Because I lie and sign myself to lies! Because I am not worth the dust on the feet of them you have hanged! How may I live without my name? I have given you my soul; leave me my name! ” – John Proctor
Number of Times Seen – 1 (19 Aug 2015)
Brief Synopsis – The story of the Salem Witch Trials where a young jilted teenager tried to frame her ex-lover out of pure scorn.
My Take on it – In High school, like many of you, we were “forced” to read this play about the Salem Witch Trials by Arthur Miller.
This story is entirely an allegory for the times that he lived in where the HUAC hearings were felt as if they caused a similar feeling to the population.
From what I remember from reading the play 30 years ago, the movie seems to capture the feeling properly of what is more important true innocent or the perceived feeling of innocence if you no longer have your own good name to stand behind.
The cast here is very good; Daniel Day-Lewis once again shows why he is such an exceptional thespian who can really get into any character that he wants to be.
I loved the casting of Paul Scolfield in this because it superbly mirrors his role in A Man for All Seasons (1966)
Winona Ryder is wickedly vengeful in her role and shows lots of range.
The message of this movie is quite clear about what is worth fighting for no matter the cost as long as you can still keep your good name and integrity in the end.
Bottom Line – Very good adaptation of the play. Excellent cast; Day-Lewis is superb as is Scofield and Ryder. Really makes one think about how similar these trials were to the HUAC ones during the 1950’s. Miller captured the feeling perfectly and conveyed his message about innocence and perceived guilt so well in his analogy. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Daniel Day-Lewis met his wife Rebecca Miller, the daughter of Arthur Miller, while shooting the film. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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