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.
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.
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 Fagin. 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 Nikes to brutally beat her to death.
Her rendition of “As Long As He Needs Me” reduced me to tears.
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.
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?