The 1998 movie of Brave New World has so many differences from the Brave New World Novel. Some of the major factors of the Brave New World novel were excluded from the 1998 movie. There are some similarities between the novel and the movie, but the differences outweigh the similarities.
One of the major differences between the Brave New World novel and the Brave New World 1998 movie is the exclusion of the praise of “Ford.” In the novel, the characters worshipped Ford. The praise of Ford is equivalent to our religion today. Ford was looked at as a God. In the novel, the characters went to services in which they danced and had orgy porgys in worship of Ford. They crossed their arms in a T formation, which symbolized the model T to be a cross. In the Brave New World movie, Ford was not mentioned once! This was a surprise to me because the novel focused so much on Ford. The movie showed the characters at work, using the assembly line to create products, but the word Ford was not mentioned.
Another difference between the Brave New World novel and the Brave New World movie is, in the movie, some of the main characters were excluded. For example, the character Mustapha Mond. In the novel, Mustapha Mond was Bernard’s best friend. They were similar in ways that they both thought outside the norms of the One State. In the novel, Mustapha had Bernard’s back, as well as John’s, and in the end Mustapha was sent to an island with Bernard because of a riot that John had caused. In the movie, Mustapha Mond did not exist. In the movie, a new character was introduced to us. This character was included into the movie to liven it up. His goal was to kill Bernard. The Controller gave this character the mission to kill Bernard after he decided to go against the norms of not working efficiently in his assembly line. In the end, this character ended up dying before he completed his mission of killing Bernard. He tried to commit suicide by jumping out of a window, but the window was an electronic image on the wall of Bernard’s apartment and shattered once he ran into it.
Bernard’s image is a huge difference between the novel and the 1998 movie. In the novel, Bernard was looked at as an outcast to the One State. He was physically and mentally different from the individuals of the One State. He was described as being too short and scrawny for an Alpha. In the movie, Bernard fit in with society! This is one thing that I did not appreciate about the movie. One of the main points of the Brave New World novel was Bernard’s differences from the One State. In the novel, Bernard was the one to stand up and question the ideas of the One State. In the movie, Bernard was “cool.” People liked him, and he looked like the other smooth individuals of the One State. His relationship with Lenina was stronger in the movie then it was in the novel. In the movie, Lenina and Bernard showed more affection towards each other. They had sex earlier on in the movie, compared to the long time it took them to sleep together in the novel.
I feel that if the director of the Brave New World movie would have stuck to the same exact story line of the novel, the movie would have been more popular. The major attributes of the novel would have made the movie more interesting. I feel like the movie was more of a romance film. In the end Bernard and Lenina live happily ever after, while John fell off a cliff instead of committing suicide. I feel like the suicide made a statement. John could not handle the pressure of conforming to the One State’s ways. In the movie, John’s death was more of an accident. I enjoyed the book more than I enjoyed the movie.
Maybe I’m remembering it wrong but wasn’t it Helmholtz Watson that was Bernard’s best friend.
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