Movie Critique: A Doll’s House Directed by Patrick Garland

Nora last scene. A Doll’s House (1973)

A Doll’s House is a movie depicting the play written by Henrik Ibsen about a fairytale marriage story. The play represents the marriage relationship as they were in the eighteen hundred years. Patrick Garland includes Claire Bloom and Anthony Hopkins to represent the Nora and Torvald characters in the movie respectively. Both Bloom and Hopkins have made the production a success in comparison to the earlier productions because of their ability to incorporate the feelings of the story as written by Ibsen to the play. The reader is able to relate the characters in the movie with those in the story thus making it a successful production. Generally, the movie has successfully represented the characteristics of marriages and gender issues as they were in the eighteen hundred.

The film is effectively directed from the beginning to the end. The director included and eliminated some information found or not found in the story to make the movie an original copy. The inclusion and the elimination of these parts of the story allow the audience experience something new. Further, the technique used by the movie director serves to keep the audience glued to the screen and interested in the flow of events. The movie has only one scene of frenzy, which is quite significant to the story. The rage scene allows the characters to transit into new personalities in a unique way. For instance, Nora changes from the subservient wife into an assertive woman.

The choice and portrayal of characters are wisely done in the film. Bloom has used her personality to bring out the right emotions throughout the movie. She uses tone variation and body language to show different feelings throughout the film. For instance, at the last scene, she uses a different tone to show her revolution as she finally decides to move out of her marriage. However, the relationship between Nora and her friend Christine does not depict the right emotions. The two characters seem a little distant for people who are supposed be best friends. It is difficult for the audience to understand the relationship between the two by just looking at their interaction. Hopkins, on the other hand, displays the Torvald character quite well to an extent of evoking sympathy. Regardless of the few challenges, the main characters and the supporting characters have helped to display most of the ideas presented by Ibsen in the story.

The props and costumes included in the movie complement the scenes in a great way. In addition, the costumes used in the movie draw the attention of the audience back to the eighteen hundred, which is ideal for the film. However, the movie is static which gives the audience a claustrophobic feeling. The director could have included a few outdoor events to break the monotony and make the movie more of a cinematic film rather than a play on a film. The lighting of the movie was also poorly done. For instance, there are no bright colors to depict the feelings of Nora towards her husband.

A Doll’s House movie directed by Garland is the most effective film representing almost all the ideas that Ibsen depicted in his story. The choice of character for the movie was wisely done thus serving to make the movie a success. However, the producers could have used a better lighting mechanism to convey the emotions of the characters in a better way.

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