The Elephant Man



Title: The Elephant Man
Directed by:
David Lynch
Written by:
Christopher De Vore, Eric Bergren, David Lynch
Year: 1980

John Merrick (John Hurt), better known as the Elephant Man, is grotesquely deformed. His physique is so repulsive that people are prepared to pay money to see him, which is something a certain Mr. Bytes (Freddie Jones) is exploiting as best he can, often with derogatory or harmful effects to Merrick. Fortunately, a doctor named Frederick Treves (Anthony Hopkins) takes him under his wings and is thus the first in Merrick’s life to treat him as real human being. However, the metamorphosis of changing from a freak into a social human being is not easy and not everyone is as kind and considerate as Dr. Treves.

Even though there appears to be a certain number of historical inaccuracies (which I care little about), The Elephant Man is based on a true story. Perhaps Lynch would have been better off digressing a little more from historical fact, because even though this film is very touching, it feels a bit dull. The story drones on without any real zest. Still, it is very well made and very well performed by all participants, so this makes it worthwhile anyway. I will even go as far as giving it three and a half snail, but a film needs to be more than well made and touching in a few scenes to earn more than that.

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