He is married but has no children.
Cinematographer Kramer Morgenthau bathes Fahrenheit in sickly, sweaty light — bruise-purples, jaundiced-yellows, and of course, a whole lot of neon — a prerequisite for stylish films nowadays, thanks to John Wick.
And then there are the two lead performances. Jordan, fresh off his scene-stealing turn in Black Panther, is Guy Montag. Books are banned in this future landscape, and anyone caught reading them is a criminal. Once caught, the books are burned, and so are the fingerprints of the eels caught with the reading material.
This fingerprint removal essentially makes the suspect non-existent — in a digital world where everything is activated by touch, a person void of fingerprints may as well not exist.
Jordan is his typically great self, bringing a mix of bluster and regret to his performance. At the start of the film, Guy is full devoted to his job and the totalitarian government he works for. When no one is around, he bides his time scrawling out poetic quotations on cigarette paper, then sets them on fire.
Yet ten seconds into the movie it seems as if the two men kind of loathe each other before they have any reason to do so. Bahrani populates the futuristic landscape of Fahrenheit wil all sorts of nods to the present. And when the firemen go on their runs, their actions are broadcast live online, complete with emojis floating across the screen to mimic Facebook Live videos.
All of this is fine, in theory, but it starts to wear the film down. Jordan is, after all, a black man, and his character is a black man who has spent the majority of his life submitting to the system, only to suddenly have his eyes open.
You could argue that Bahrani is trying to play this angle subtly, but nothing else in the movie is subtle, so why would this be? They spend long hours in close quarters, reading words to each other. As it is, though, the film sort of bounces along at a lunatic pace, unsure if it wants to be a pulse-quickening character study or a big, clumsy allegory.
Still, there are some nice touches to savor. And a particularly amusing moment comes early-on, when Beatty — addressing a room full of students — says that there are still three books that everyone is allowed to read: All three of these books, however, have been rewritten in emoji form.
For all Fahrenheit gets wrong, its heart is ultimately in the right place, and that should count for something. The final few moments of the film, for instance, are lovely and heartbreaking. Instead, the film ends in flames, before transcending to a higher place — literally.
That bird flaps its wings through the sky, moving from one landscape to the next, alone for seemingly every flap of its journey. And then it finds other birds — a whole flock, twirling and dancing through the open air.
And it joins with them. And the soundtrack swells.
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Ray Bradbury’s internationally acclaimed novel Fahrenheit is a masterwork of twentieth-century literature set in a bleak, dystopian future. John J. Miller is joined by Robert M. Woods to discuss Ray Bradbury's 'Fahrenheit '.
Fahrenheit , Ray Bradbury Fahrenheit is a dystopian novel by American writer Ray Bradbury, published in Fahrenheit is set in an unspecified city at an unspecified time in the future after the year /5.
Plot summary. Fahrenheit is set in an unspecified city (likely in the American Midwest) in the year (according to Ray Bradbury’s Coda), though it is written as if set in a distant future.
The earliest editions make clear that it takes place no earlier than the year The novel is divided into three parts: "The Hearth and the Salamander", "The Sieve and the Sand", and "Burning. Fahrenheit is an impassioned cry of warning about censorship and the forces of conformity.
Bradbury depicts a future America where the citizenry is completely disconnected from reality. Bradbury depicts a future America where the citizenry is completely disconnected from reality.