The Scarlet Letter (movie)
  • Back when I was in high school, Literature class was one of my favourite subjects because we had a teacher who made all of the topics that we covered very interesting, especially when she made references to other books and movies
  • When I did though, I was hugely disappointed despite my initial excitement
  • There were also a lot more battles and character deaths than the book originally had, and in the end I thought it was little more than a glorified disaster that was making a mockery of a classic novel
  • The next thing that I didn’t really like about the movie was that I thought it was a bit slow and boring
  • I’ve read a couple reviews about this movie, and what I’ve realised is that you either like it or hate it, especially after reading the novel, and this is why I would definitely recommend that people watch it for themselves to make their own judgement of it


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      Back when I was in high school, Literature class was one of my favourite subjects because we had a teacher who made all of the topics that we covered very interesting, especially when she made references to other books and movies. One of the books that I remember her making reference to in fact was the one called “The Scarlet Letter” which I had previously known absolutely nothing about. While I don’t even remember how the conversation even began at this point, one thing that I do know is that I had found her explanation of it so interesting I had to read the book, but when I discovered that the book was converted into a movie in 1995, my thoughts of reading it were abandoned and I decided to see the movie. When I did though, I was hugely disappointed despite my initial excitement.

      The movie “The Scarlet Letter”, starring the popular actors Demi Moore and Gary Oldman was a


      film based on the events that took place in the popular book that was written in the year 1850 by the author Nathaniel Hawthorne. In the movie, after the war between the Puritans and the Algonquian people, there is a rather fragile peace. It is in this time that Demi Moore’s character, Hester Prynne arrives in North America without her husband. She silently waits for him but when he does not arrive some time after, it is thought that he has been killed by one of the Algonquian. Her loneliness persuades her to begin a sexual relationship with a minister of religion, despite the fact that she is still married and it is forbidden in her society. However, their indiscretions soon cause her to become pregnant for him. Like in the book, Hester is imprisoned and then further humiliated by being forced to wear a scarlet “A” on her clothes while being followed around by a drummer boy.

      Nevertheless, all this

      time she does not give up the identity of the man who fathered her child.

      The first thing that turned me off if this movie especially after I had gotten to read the book was that it didn’t seem to follow the books after a particular time. In fact, it didn’t seem like there were just a few changes made to make the book a little more viewer friendly, but there is a lot of nudity and sex as if the person who was making the movie felt it would make it a lot more appealing especially to younger audiences. The truth was it didn’t. I felt like I was watching soft porn at one point, so I was desperately hoping that no one would see me watching it. There were also a lot more battles and character deaths than the book originally had, and in the end I thought it was little more than a glorified disaster that was making ...

      • The Scarlet Letter (movie)
      a mockery of a classic novel. I realised that had I not read the book or even known what the book was even about I would have been turned off by the entire story, since it had less depth.

      The second thing that I didn’t appreciate about this movie was that I thought that it was more than a little miscast in the sense that I felt neither Demi Moore nor Gary Oldman fit properly in their roles. While I didn’t think that the acting was terrible, especially to the point where it made the movie unwatchable like some others, I thought that Demi Moore and Gary Oldman’s portrayal of their characters were a little forced and not very believable and I was a little turned off by that too. I thought that whoever was chosen to play the part of those two main characters especially would have had to be able to evoke a lot more emotions in me from the way that the portrayed their characters’ challenges and roles, but I honestly didn’t feel much when it came to either of the characters. To make things worse, I initially felt something when Hester was first imprisoned in the book and was eventually forced to wear the scarlet A after her child was born, but I don’t remember feeling as intense emotions when I watched the movie.

      The next thing that I didn’t really like about the movie was that I thought it was a bit slow and boring. I’m not sure if I would find it different if I watched it over now, but I remember thinking that there was so much unnecessary information that everything just lagged.

      I’ve read a couple reviews about this movie, and what I’ve realised is that you either like it or hate it, especially after reading the novel, and this is why I would definitely recommend that people watch it for themselves to make their own judgement of it.

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jeremiah says :

re : Back when I was in high school, Literature class was one of my favourite subjects because we had a teacher who made all of the topics that we covered very interesting, especially when she made references to other books and movies
Literature is a fun subject.h0wever hist0ry is much better than literature.

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Lilly says :

I really liked this book, we didn’t have the opportunity to read it while I was in school so I read it recently.

The movie easy A is loosely based on this book, and I found it very good and quite funny.

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Jennifer Davis says :

My daughter recently read this book for her literature class and asked me if the book was based on any historical accuracy. Is anything about this book true?

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Moe says :

While the story of the book is a complete work of fiction, there are some historical/biblical references to people in that general era, including John Eliot, a Puritan missionary and Anne Hutchinson, a woman exiled from Boston. Each of these references to people reveal more about the setting of the story and the author has done a fantastic job of trying to remain has historically accurate as possible. However, as I mentioned before the story is a work of fiction.

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Leslie Champion says :

The book was excellent, but Demi Moore was definitely inappropriately cast for this movie. She did not capture the essence of the movie and made adultery almost a more sensual subject rather than being a violation of the Ten Commandments.

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