By Dave B.
Even if you’ve never read the book, you’re probably familiar with the basic premise of the story: In a near-future version of the United States, a totalitarian regime has banned books. A fireman (a whose job it is to burn books instead of put out fires) named Montag decides that he doesn’t like burning books and joins a resistance movement that is dedicated to the preservation of knowledge. The book by Bradbury is widely considered to be a classic. HBO’s adaptation of Fahrenheit 451 will never be thought of in that way, but it does contain one overridingly important feature: it’s set in a future version of Cleveland that has a really awesome skyline.
As far as I’m concerned, it doesn’t much matter that the acting is surprisingly disappointing considering the talented cast. Sure, the fact that the life-changing epiphany that changed the protagonist's life basically occurs over the course of a 60 second reading montage isn’t necessarily a good creative decision. I’ll completely admit that it would have been better if the threat to the regime (and the entire last half of the film) had made any sense at all. And I’ll be the first in line to say that the bad guys weren’t the least bit intimidating (and having them not directly kill anyone for the majority of the movie was absurd). What matters most, however, is that the movie takes place in Cleveland! I mean, look at the pictures! Doesn’t the city look great?? Isn’t that the coolest firetruck that you’ve ever seen??
Despite Fahrenheit 451 being a fairly bad movie, I’m recommending it for Clevelanders because we have an obligation to show some love for anything that promotes our city in anything approaching a remotely positive light. That said, objectively, I don’t recommend this movie for anyone else. It’s too long, too boring, the acting is too mediocre, and too much about the evolution of the plot is nonsensical.
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