Indignation Blu-ray Review
“Indignation” is an overly serious drama.
Based on the novel by Philip Roth, the 1950’s set “Indignation” revolves around the shy and serious Marcus who is bound for college in Ohio. While Marcus is initially focused on studies and work at college, his life changes when he falls for a smart, adventurous, but troubled fellow student (Olivia). From here on out, the film explores their relationship and ultimately their struggles.
Despite being set during the Korean War, many of the ideas presented in the coming-of-age film “Indignation” remain surprisingly relevant. Granted, a good portion of the movie is about the 1950’s societal norms, but the themes about fitting in, being different, reputations, and misunderstandings about mental illness are just as poignant as ever. Unfortunately, these weighty ideas are lost amidst a sluggish movie.
With any book to film adaptation, a writer has to make decisions about what to include, what to cut, and what to change. Writer James Schamus certainly seems conflicted about what to do here as he crams the script with stilted dialogue that clearly feels meant for the page, drawn out talky scenes, and a bizarrely abrupt ending that doesn’t work. Even though the film is well show and well acted (I’ll get to the performances shortly), everything geels strangely detached because of the stuffy writing. It was as if Schamus wanted to keep the characters distanced from the audience which is a mistake.
One thing “Indignation” does have going for it is some incredible acting by stars Logan Lerman and Sarah Gadon. Lerman (best known for “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”) gives his best and most performance to date while rising star Sarah Gadon (who was also amazing in “11/22/63” earlier this year) continues to impress as the complex character Olivia.
Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. How does it look? The film’s striking use of color pops in hi-def.
Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD. How does it sound? The DTS track seems like overkill for a dialogue driven film, but the track does the job regardless.
* Digital copy.
* Lionsgate trailers.
* “Timeless: Connecting The Past To The Present”- A 6 minute featurette about the story, characters, timely subject matters, and the novel. Interviews with the cast and crew are included.
* “Perceptions: Bringing Philip Roth To The Screen”- The title says it all.
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