Lord of the Flies This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

October 30, 2009
William Golding's novel, Lord of the Flies, is brought to life by Harry Hook in this superb 1990 movie. It is an excellent choice for classes reading the book.

A plane full of American military boys is shot down onto a deserted island. Completely separated from the adult world, the boys struggle to make shelter, find food, and get rescued. Then a dispute over a hunt brings violence to the island. The protagonist and antagonist, Ralph (Balthazar Getty) and Jack (Chris Furrh), develop a bitter rivalry that leads to nighttime raids, savagery, and murder.

One of the disappointments of the film is that Hook strays far from Golding's allegorical novel. The novel is a symbolic tale of democratic ideals and biblical references. But the movie only scratches the surface of these themes.

Revealing the incredible savagery in humans, “The Lord of the Flies” deserves four out of five stars. I recommend this modern classic to anyone who has read the book.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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mrs2013 said...
Jun. 27, 2010 at 9:03 pm
I thought that the movie was a great movie, but when compared to the book, it didn't pull of some of the themes that Golding was trying to exspress. I liked the movie and LOVED the book. Everyone should read it. :D
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