Thursday, January 26, 2012

Movie Review: The Elephant Man

David Lynch's Elephant Man is a masterpiece. It's brilliantly executed and beautifully presented. Based on a true story, it revolves around John Merrick, named 'the elephant man' because of his severe facial and skin abnomalities. If you enjoy psychological movies, or if you like movies with great content with a social critique, you can't miss it. And yes, it's old but I only found out about this film recently and I want the whole world to appreciate this great movie like I did!

The movie is based on the real 'elephant man', Joseph Merrick
Plot:
Doctor Frederick Treves from a London hospital discovers John Merrick, deemed the elephant man at a carnival freak show. Treves is instantly speechless and utterly baffled at Merrick's grotesquely deformed face and body, resulting in others to label him as a monster. As one can imagine, Merrick is treated brutally by his 'owner' and endlessly exploited for his owner's selfish purposes.Treves is intrigued and motivated by science, willing to examine him in the hospital. The elephant man's owner states that he is an idiot but eventually, we realize Treves is bright, kind and intellectual and also capable of speech. However, Merrick is under danger once again just as he begins to adjust to his new life in the hospital ward after Treves' efforts. Watch the movie to find out more!

The Elephant Man offers a critique of the exploitative nature of freak shows and even science, as pop culture and science both want to make use of Merrick for its own purposes. Ultimately, it left me asking, who's the real monster?

Rating: 9/10

The movie is available on youtube, with the rest of the parts at the side bar: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1x2pndJfjg

24 comments:

  1. Saw this movie in highschool when we had a sub for a month and some girl brought it in. Was pretty considering we were highschool kids that goofed off all the time. Kinda scary also some off the rare conditions out there people can get. Like the guys who was growing wood on skin like a tree. WTF??

    Anyway yeah I liked the movie too. If I was that guy today idk..I would off myself. Couldnt do computers or games or my legos or anything..

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    1. Yeaa I saw the documentary on the guy with the wood growing on him on TLC. The real Merrick is actually very talented too but yea, I wouldn't have the strength he has :\

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  2. Is it true that Michael Jackson bought Merrick's skeleton?

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    1. Apparently it was just a big rumor...He said it was a rumor on Oprah (No, I don't watch Oprah lol).

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  3. Looks really interesting, I've known about it for a while but never gotten myself to see it.

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    1. Yeah it was very interesting! I couldn't stop thinking about this movie for a very long time.

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  4. One of the best movies ever

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  5. Look interesting! I'll Check it out~~ Thanks :D

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  7. Wasn't there a comic book adaption of this as well or am I thinking of the wrong thing?

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    1. hmm I don't know :S but I do there were novels based on the elephant man before the movie

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  8. I heard of the actual dude before. So sad

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  9. Thanks for sharing. I knew the movie was based on a true story but I never saw the man.

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  15. Honestly I've never seen this one but it sounds interesting. Nice review!

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