Last night, we watched Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. What a weird experience.
A few years ago, I read the book. I kind of remember parts of it, but what I remember the most is that I got lost a lot. There was stuff that just flew right over my head. I remember the beginning part where people were in a room and they were screaming. Then, I remember someone (Winston Smith) trying to start a rebellion against the totalitarian regime. I think the book described this rebellion in much more depth than the movie did. Actually, in the movie, there wasn’t much of a rebellion at all. There were two people simply falling in love. Apparently, that was against the law.
The strangest thing that I got out of this movie was the fact that the characters weren’t allowed to think certain thoughts (thoughtcrime). If they did, there was a group called the “Thought Police” that would basically capture them, brainwash them and kill them…once their thoughts were pure. It’s quite horrible.
I had two basic conclusions after we finished watching this movie (which we kind of wished was over more than a few times). The first conclusion I had was that George Orwell was a rather deep fellow with some pretty radical ideas. I couldn’t even imagine up half of the stuff he laid out in his book. Let’s just say, it was out there.
My second conclusion was that while I think things would never get quite as bad here as in the movie, there certainly are countries on this globe that display elements of it. You can watch the movie or read the book to make your own comparisons, but I think it’s depressing to think that there are people on this earth who can relate to this movie a heck of a lot more than we can here in the U.S.
I did learn what “dystopia” means.
A dystopia is the vision of a society in which conditions of life are miserable and characterized by poverty, oppression, war, violence, disease, pollution, nuclear fallout and/or the abridgement of human rights, resulting in widespread unhappiness, suffering, and other kinds of pain.
Go ahead, watch the movie or read the book and let me know what you think. Ugh.