Reviewed byRJR99SSVote: 9/10/10
I was a huge fan of Franco's earlier Faulkner adaptation, "As I LayDying," so I checked this one out even though I wasn't aware of it'sexistence until just recently.
As with his earlier Faulkner adaptation, it's extremely difficult tounderstand. This is mainly because Faulkner's original book, The Soundand the Fury, is equally difficult. You can read the book, or watch themovie, and easily have no idea what it's about. This is the nature ofthe beast with Faulkner, and as I get older I start to wonder if heever meant these stories to make sense. I'm leaning towards no, but Idon't think it really matters as his stories aren't about coherence,they're more about emotion and pondering this strange existence we allseem to be stuck in, not logic or reason as perhaps is hinted at by Mr.Compson's nihilistic boozy monologues.
I don't envy the task of making The Sound and the Fury into a movie,but I think it was done about as perfectly as could be expected whenyou're talking about one of the most disjointed, out of time, and attimes rambling and incoherent stories ever told.
I only have one major complaint, in that the black servants of theCompson family are barely depicted in the film. In the book they'remuch bigger characters and form a sort of moral, and even hopefulelement to the story, as is somewhat hinted by the movie scene of thechurch choir.
A few other plot points are changed, to no real harm. The final thingthat struck me was that Franco's adaptation has a slightly differentending, which doesn't really make any sense. Of course, the originalbook ending doesn't make any more sense...not that it should. We are,of course, all living a story told by an idiot.
Reviewed bySiebert_TensevenVote: 8/10/10
I'm not a big fan of Faulkner and always found his stories to besomewhat overemotional and difficult to understand, but I wascaptivated by this movie interpretation. There is a lot that is notexplained as the action unfolds, and the order of events barely followa chronological sequence, which can make it difficult for those whoexpect a more traditional mode of story telling. It almost felt likethe images were being laid over each other, like thin paint that isapplied and then allowed to dry so the colors and textures can be builtup.
The acting is quite phenomenal throughout, and there's a high level ofenergy maintained as this confusing story circumvents about, serving asnothing more than the memoir of a family and the extreme emotionaldependencies they inflict upon one another. The relentless and intenseinteractions are performed in a nearly senseless fashion, which Ibelieve emulates the family's feelings of futility as they plummetthrough to their pathetic end.
Often, there was a mysterious musical track that almost sounded likethe dull drone of a plane flying overhead, a very good way to bind theaction together. If the music were more intense or melodramatic themovie could come across as sappy and ridiculous. As it is, theconfusion and disparity could turn off even the most ardent viewer, butI found the experience rewarding on a number of subtle levels one mightfind in films by the likes of Ingmar Bergman.
Reviewed bymsmoogooVote: 3/10/10
This movie is just way too artsy to be watched all the way through. Ionly got through 20 minutes before wanting to watch something else.James Franco acting mentally handicapped is just too much to handle,and all the child whispering. I read the book in college and waslooking forward to getting reminded what the story was about, but thebook is artsy, and difficult to read, and a movie about it is nevergoing to be understood. I'm of huge fan of Franco, but, this movieshould not have been made.
Directed by and starring Academy Award nominee James Franco, The Sound and The Fury captures the lives and passions of the Compsons, a once proud Southern family caught in a tragic spiral of loss and misfortune. Based on the novel by Nobel Prize winner author William Faulkner and considered among the 20th century's greatest works, The Sound and The Fury encapsulates the universal theme of the death of honor, social injustice and forbidden love.