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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
Far exceeds the denigrating ratings thus far accrued!
invinoveritas1 from Cape Elizabeth, Maine
15 June 2008
Brilliant adaptation of the largely interior monologues of Leopold
Bloom, Stephen Dedalus, and Molly Bloom by Joseph Strick in recreating
the endearing portrait of Dublin on June 16, 1904 - Bloomsday - a day
to be celebrated - double entendre intended! Bravo director Strick,
screenwriter Haines, as well as casting director and cinematographer in
creating this masterpiece. Gunter Grass' novel, The Tin Drum filmed by
Volker Schlöndorff (1979)is another fine film adaptation of interior
monologue which I favorably compare with Strick's film.
While there are clearly recognized Dublin landmarks in the original
novel and in the film, there are also recognizable characters, although
with different names in the novel. For example, Buck Mulligan with whom
Dedalus lives turns out to be a then prominent Dublin surgeon.
This film for all of its excellence is made even richer by additional
Brian invinoveritas1@AOL.com 15 June 2008
gloriously obscene, occasionally humorous, and subtlety uplifting adaptation of the greatest novel of all time
framptonhollis from United States
13 July 2017
Having finished James Joyce's monumental masterpiece "Ulysses" at about
two in the morning last night, I decided to reward myself today by
finally viewing Joseph Strick's critically acclaimed adaptation of the
work. I was highly interested in seeing how certain mindbogglingly
difficult and seemingly unfilmable sections from the novel were
portrayed by his lens, and I was left impressed and entertained. While
a truly proper adaptation of Joyce's massive literary landmark would be
about twelve times the length of this experiment, Strick's "Ulysses" is
a fine and almost flawless attempt at condensing and adapting the
perplexing classic to the big screen. The performers chosen are all
excellent, both visually and performance-wise the actors embody what
one's mind likely interpreted the iconic characters whilst reading the
Although I seem to be solely using this review to be comparing the film
to the book, I should also point out that even if the novel never
existed, this would be among the greatest movies of its kind. This is
an avant garde journey through the streets of Dublin that is crafted
brilliantly on all cinematic fronts. The many beautiful locations are
shot with lovely black and white cinematography, (as I already
mentioned) the performances are fantastic, the editing is noticeably
well done, and the final product has the ability to be both a companion
to Joyce's novel and a wonderful work of art in its own right. Here,
you will find much to love, and the two hour running time flies by.
Seriously, this film feels much faster than two hours, similarly to how
the original novel felt much shorter than 700 pages (at least in my
opinion anyway, since many others loathe the book and find it tedious
and WAY overlong).
Joyce's prose seems necessary to be heard rather than just read, and
the final segment, this being Molly Bloom's beautiful (and dirty)
soliloquy, masters the challenge of reading the master's work aloud. It
is read with grace, passion, and character in a way that conveys all of
the humor and pain and extreme sexual desire hidden within Joyce's many
pages of inner monologue. This is a (or perhaps THE) masterpiece of the
little-practiced genre of "stream of consciousness filmmaking".
Having read and studied this novel for my English Literature course, I
was looking forward to watching its film adaptation.
The end result left me feeling a little ambivalent. I felt that the
film did very well in capturing the stream-of-consciousness present in
Joyce's original text. Like its source material, Ulysses is a film that
demands your full attention. If you look away for even a second then
you're lost. The narrative constantly jumps around. This isn't an
insult to the film, but rather a portrayal of Joyce's writing style.
Ulysses as a text jumps from idea to idea, from writing style to
writing style. It is a difficult text to read, but a rewarding one.
And so is the film, although I was disappointed at how the film watered
down some of the book's more explicit scenes. I felt that THIS was an
insult to Joyce to wanted to push the boundaries of anything that came
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