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The Elephant Man (1980)
His Story told well
I finished watching 'The Elephant Man' last night and had to write a review. The movie has its moments and flaws.
I don't know the entire biography of John Merrick, so there is no need to dispute the accuracy of facts. I rather liked the story and how it was made interesting. It wasn't merely about the apparent deformity. The director and the writer not just showcased the period and its Idiosyncrasies but theatrically played out the vicissitudes of human dignity and collective depravity. I reflected and judged the contrast between Bytes and Treves character as both were collecting something off of the elephant man.
The black and white theme made it an even more visceral experience and I literally thought that movie had been made in the Early Hollywood Cecil Demill era. I thought all the actors must have been dead by now. The acting was superb that I forgot it was Anthony Hopkins. The supporting caste created this conducive pond where it gave more colour the story of John Merrick.
Overall, the movie made an impression on me. The great courageousness of the two main characters and how it was played out, is quite an inspiration. I admire the movie makers for telling this story in an honest and unconsecrated way.