Peter Brook's Lord Of The Flies

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It is a common belief that film adaptations are rarely successful in portraying the fundamentals of a novel. This is true in Peter Brook's adaptation of Lord Of The Flies. In the film, a group of young boys find themselves stranded on an island without any grown-ups there to help them. The boys commence to descend into savagery as they go hunting for pigs and show cruel behavior towards each other. Although Brook's adaptation had a successful setting, it had atrocious acting as well as a plot line that didn't follow Golding's original story.

Peter Brook's film adaptation successfully portrayed the island according to the novel. Each area shown in the film was identifiable. The people watching the film are able to tell where the kids are at each point in the movie. Castle Rock, for example, was recognizable. Whenever the boys were around a bunch of large rocks, it was evident that they were at Castle Rock.

Even in the forest there were all sorts of different plants such as fruit trees, bushes, and even the creepers. The feeling on the island was also portrayed well. There was a happier air to the island when the boys first had arrived and then when they had been there for a while longer it began to become more of a dark and evil place.

The acting in the film Lord Of The Flies, by Peter Brooks, was very juvenile in a sense that you could tell that the kids had next to no experience in acting. Piggy, for example, didn't seem to have very much emotion. He sounded as if he was a robot whenever he spoke and therefore did not seem as if he really knew how to show emotion through his character. There were also many...