Review of Musical Movie of Oliver

Yesterday, I finally got to watch the musical ,Oliver, through the movie adaption. By reading the book, watching the 2005 movie and finally the musical movie was quite interesting. It shows the same story, same character, but with slightly different adaptions and interpretations.

This movie was quite enjoyable as a matter of fact. Through songs such as “Where Is Love”, “As Long As He Needs Me”, “Consider Yourself”, “I’d Do Anything”, and “Food Glorious” and so on makes quite a classic musical. Each time I was exposed to this story, I always ended up being fond of Oliver.

Spoilers Ahead:

In the movie, Mark Lester played Oliver. He makes a wonderful Oliver. He brings out Oliver’s spirit and innocence from the book. Of all the Oliver Twist characters, Oliver is my favorite character and I am not saying that because he is the main character. Not many people treat him fairly. Mark Lester brings out Oliver’s anger as well such as when Noah Claypole insulted his mother and Oliver’s fear such as when Bill uses him in a burglary.

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Ron Moody played the villainous Fagin. Unlike the 2005 movie and the book, in my musical, Fagin is portrayed as being comical. Ron Moody brought out Fagin’s villainous nature without being too terrifying and brought out Fagin’s comical nature as well. Jack Wild played the Artful Dodger, who is the one who brought Oliver to Fagin in the first place. The Artful Dodger is a favorite of Fagin’s.

Of all versions of Nancy, I loved the interpretation of her in the musical the most. Shani Willis played Nancy. Nancy loves Bill Sikes even though he abuses her and will do anything for him, which is easily seen in the heartbreaking song, “As Long As He Needs Me”. But when Oliver enters the picture, Nancy grows fond of the boy. It seems in the musical adaption, Nancy cares about Oliver the most. Towards the end, she does a courageous act by getting Oliver away from Fagin and back to Mr. Brownlow even though that causes Bill Sikes to brutally beat her to death.

Her rendition of “As Long As He Needs Me” reduced me to tears.

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Oliver Reed played Bill Sikes. Oliver Reed made Bill Sikes more and more terrifying as the movie went on. I hate him even more than how much I dislike Fagin. Oliver Reed brought out the character’s abusive nature and his terrifying nature.

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Outside of memorable songs, there are also wonderful dance numbers as well. As a matter of fact, what got be interested in Oliver Twist in the first place was Les Misérables. Due to being obsessed with the musical, I learned that is was the Artful Dodger that made the lyricist think of Gavroche when he saw the musical. Due to that, I was led to wanting to read the book, which led to wanting to see a musical adaption.

What are your thoughts about the musical, Oliver?

 

 

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Review of 2005 Oliver Twist

Just last night, I watched the movie of Oliver Twist, which is the 2005 version. I still have yet to see the musical adaption.

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This movie closely followed the book. Since I read the book, it was interesting actually seeing it. I thought the acting was well done on many actors. I loved the boy who played Oliver. Just like the book, I grew very fond of Oliver. I honestly did not like many of the people Oliver ended up being around. He is only a boy, but had to around abusive and villainous people throughout his young life. He had to put up with Noah Claypole saying mean things about his mother especially considering the fact that Oliver is an orphan. Things were even more terrifying to Oliver when he ended up being around Fagin and Bill Sikes. The only person who treated that kid kindly was Mr. Brownlow, who eventually took him in and adopted him. It is crazy how all of the action unfolded just because Oliver said “please sir, I want some more”.

As a matter of fact, the actor who played Bill Sikes was so believable that each time I saw Bill Sikes on screen, I was terrified and at times even terrified of his dog. Just actually watching Bill Sikes in the movie, I ended up disliking him even more than how much I didn’t like him in the book. Bill Sikes seemed to become more terrifying as the movie went on especially when he brutally beaten Nancy to death. I hated how poorly he treated both Nancy and Oliver.

When it comes to Nancy, the main moment I loved her was when she told Mr. Brownlow information when it comes to Oliver. That was quite courageous because she knew that if she told anyone about Oliver that Bill Sikes will most likely murder her. At times she stood up for Oliver so in a way she cared about Oliver. At least she wasn’t as evil as Sikes or Fagin was.

The actor who played Fagin was able to show his villain side, but I actually like Fagin more than Bill Sikes even though I disliked both of those characters. He didn’t horribly abuse all of boys he was teaching to be pickpockets. He just wasn’t very nice especially because he was teaching all of boys how to live a life of pickpocketing.

Just by watching the movie, I fell in love with the story even more. Emotions can seem to be greater when you are actually watching the action compared to words in a book. I was terrified of Bill Sikes and that was a good sign. You could easily feel for Oliver due to how poorly he was treated and despite all of that, nothing was able to corrupt the goodness found within him.

Next thing I honestly need to watch is the movie musical of Oliver Twist. Most likely if I fall in love with the musical, the musical has a good chance of becoming meaningful. I actually saw Oliver live in middle school, but I do not even remember watching it. I actually found a journal entry about my experience with Oliver and it was only like three or five sentences and based upon what I found, I did say it was a wonderful show and did list songs that I did love. But due to not remembering seeing it, I need to form a new opinion on it.

Review of Oliver Twist

I am happy to say that I finished Oliver Twist yesterday. I started reading it on the 13th of May. Of all the classics I have read into between semesters, this book has taken me the shortest amount of time to read. On this post, I will try to review this book even thought it is difficult to come up with many reasons why I loved the book.

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In this book, Dickens does a good job in grabbing you in just about three pages. Once I only read like that many pages, I started to fall in love with the story and Oliver. The entire book I was very fond of Oliver. He was actually my favorite character in the entire book. In my opinion, it is important to love the protagonist in order to get the most out of any piece of literature. Oliver was born an orphan and raised in a workhouse, which has poor conditions.

I love the spirit and goodness and innocence that Oliver shows even when people mistreat him at times, he always stays a good person. Even when he is in the hands of Fagin and Sikes, he does not turn to their criminal ways because of the goodness he has. I do love some of the characters that treat Oliver fairly such as Mr. Brownlow and Rose Maylie.

When it comes to the book, I just didn’t like Fagin or Sikes. They are two of the villains in the piece. While I don’t like the two characters, they provide conflict to Oliver’s journey and that is important. Oliver encounters Fagin first and did not understand he was training kids to be pickpockets at first. He did not figure that out until he saw the Artful Dodger and Charley Bates steal a handkerchief from a gentleman, who turns out to be Mr. Brownlow. Oliver just wouldn’t let Fagin or Sikes corrupt him at all.

I find Sikes to even be more evil than Fagin is. True he is also a villain like Fagin, but he is quite abusive. He does work for Fagin and later hated the fact that he killed Nancy. He only did that because Nancy gave away Fagin and Sike’s latest scheme of trying to recapture Oliver for the second time. The first round, Oliver was staying with Mr. Brownlow. It was Fagin’s goal to recapture him the first time. But the second time was when Oliver was staying with Rose Maylie and her family. When Oliver was staying with both of him, he was recovering from sickness and just did not want to be sent back to both Fagin and Sikes. Later in the story, there is another villain involved, who is Monks, who did plan with both Fagin and Sikes to recapture Oliver the second time.

I actually enjoyed Nancy more than both Fagin and Sikes. I found it hard to like her at first. But when she gave away Monks, Fagin, and Sike’s schemes to recapture Oliver, I loved her at that moment even though she knows that if she gave them away, she could possibly be killed and that was an act of courage right there.

This has to be the easiest Dickens book I ever read. He always makes you want to know what it going to happen next. Whenever he was with Mr. Brownlow and Rose, I always hoped that he wouldn’t be sent back to misery. I am so glad at the end that both Sikes and Fagin did die. I also am glad that Oliver got adopted by Mr. Brownlow, so Oliver’s journey did lead him to salvation. Now I am wondering should I watch the musical adaption? I honestly watched the musical live in middle school, but I have no recollections of seeing it.

If you like Oliver Twist, why did you love it?

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