When I was reading Lord of the Flies, the book delivered a lot of emotion, a lot of suspense was present and I enjoyed reading the story. Watching the film was a less pleasant experience. Evidently there are many differences between the book and the film; however, there are similarities as well.
There are many differences between the book and the film:
First of all, it is evident that the very detailed description cannot translate to cinematic form. To replicate this, the suspense is portrayed through the faces of the young actors who are, in my view, simply not talented enough to be able to properly bring out our emotions with the poorly performed dialog.
This leads onto the subject concerning the acting. Being at times monotonous and bland, it lacks the emotion and punch that the book delivered. However, I remarked that the producers added music that gives an effect of mystery and suspense (a bit repetitive). This helps bring out the suspense.
The majority of characters are accurately portrayed physically (Piggy, Ralph and most of the other boys), however a few are not: Jack is taller and stronger than described in the book, Samneric appear younger as well… Mentally the characters’ attributes are well portrayed such as Piggy’s intelligence, Ralph’s desire to lead and be rescued by his father who is a commander in the Navy, “When he gets leave he’ll come and rescue us”, Jack’s obsession with hunting pigs and Roger’s harsh brutal act of indirectly murdering Piggy.
Another important event I realized was different, was the fact that when Simon, Ralph and Jack, in the book, go looking for the beast, it is dark, which can explain why Ralph cannot see that the “beast” is actually a man whereas in the film this important event happens in broad daylight which is not very credible from a spectator’s point of view.
However there are a few (not as many) similarities between the book and the film: