The first look at Fahrenheit 451, the adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s dystopian novel that stars Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon.
I first read Fahrenheit 451 sometime in middle school and it was one of my first experiences with dystopian fiction. Fahrenheit 451, where history and books are outlawed was a nightmare world for someone who loved reading anything I could get my hands on.
The 2018 version HBO is putting forth is (appropriately) darker than my memories of the swinging 60’s version, and features Michael B. Jordan as the ‘firefighter’ Guy Montag. Michael Shannon is his dangerous boss, Captain Beatty.
The trailer gives us the requisite scenes of the fiery carnage of book burning but also a few glimpses into the world that sees reading as the act of a terrorist and books as the bomb. Guy & his fellow firefighters visiting a spare military-like school, the pervasive monitoring of citizens, a meeting with Clarisse McClellan (Sofia Boutella) the girl who shatters his view of the world. We get flashes of the technology Guy’s wife was addicted to in the book translated from the novel’s Wall Screens to high tech VR headsets.
The casting of Jordan will definitely give an interesting angle to the adversarial relationship that exists between Montag and Beatty. In the book, Beatty takes particular pleasure in needling Montag and amping up his paranoia about how safe he is amid all his ‘brothers’.