Orwell's original novel is a contemporary classic, the recent West End theatre production was an amazing adaptation (vimeo.com/96690059), the best thing about this version is John Hurt as Winston Smith. Much like the Harron adaptation of 'American Psycho', there is much to commend, but it is hard to compete with a seminal piece of literature.
A very well shot interpretation of the book. The ending of the book is unfilmable, but the attempt here was pretty much as close as you can get--though long lengths of dialog are harder to follow than reading it in text, and also had to be shortened. With this movie being shot during the time period the book was to be set in, the Eurythmics score, and Roger Deakon's cinematography, a good homage. --PolarisDiB
For a two-hour adaptation of the book, it is pretty concise and faithful, with a perfect subdued cast. It doesn't translate all the complex politics and It loses on the maddening/suffocating atmosphere but it still holds a great cinematic ambience held by Deakins cinematography and Muldowney haunting score.
"Under the spreading chestnut tree
I sold you and you sold me".
I think it does the book justice... although it's not perfect, it's coherent and poignant in its discourse. Roger Deakins is always a plus. 4/5