Genre Guesstimation – Lord of the Flies (1963)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Sally of 18 Cinema Lane and we will be reviewing our favorite Youth-Led Movies.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Jan by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Sally!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Youth-Led Movies..

“We’ve got to have rules and obey them. After all, we’re not savages. We’re English! And the English are best at everything! ” – Jack

Number of Times Seen – 1 (12 Jan 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A group of boys get stranded on a deserted island and must form their own society until they are rescued.

My Take on it – This is a film that I was quite curious to see after having read the novel in high school and watching the adaptation from 1990.

The premise of the story written by William Goldman is amazing and deals with some very important issues.

Unfortunately tho, the way that this film is presented detracts from much of that impact which is quite a shame.

The characters and situations that they find themselves in seem quite distant throughout the film and that lessens the impact of the way that the story unfolds.

This doesn’t help the audience connect with these characters at all.

The cast is populated by unknown actors and they do a fine job with what they are given even if things feel a bit off the whole way through.

The choice to film this movie in black and white is a strange one and detracts from the story which makes it even more difficult to believe despite the fact that this is a timeless story that in the right circumstances could feel even more plausible and realistic in all that they do.

Bottom Line – Interesting premise that just isn’t realized well enough in this version.  Goldman’s story is quite poignant yet the way that this film presents the characters and the situations feels much too distant which lessens any kind of real impact or feelings towards the characters. The cast of unknowns do a fine job with what they are given yet something feels off with them the whole way through. The choice to film in black and white also detracts from the story and makes things much more difficult to believe this timeless story could be plausible in these circumstances.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Once filming began, Peter Brook largely dispensed with the script and encouraged his young cast to improvise. He shot over 60 hours of footage which was then edited down into a 90-minute film. Consequently, there is no screenplay credit. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not really. The themes are quite good, but the way that this adaptation presents things keeps the audience too distant from the characters and that hurts any real impact this film can make.

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)


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2 thoughts on “Genre Guesstimation – Lord of the Flies (1963)

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