What is the movie indignation about
Indignation by Philip RothAgainst the backdrop of the Korean War, a young man faces life’s unimagined chances and terrifying consequences.
It is 1951 in America, the second year of the Korean War. A studious, law-abiding, intense youngster from Newark, New Jersey, Marcus Messner, is beginning his sophomore year on the pastoral, conservative campus of Ohio’s Winesburg College. And why is he there and not at the local college in Newark where he originally enrolled? Because his father, the sturdy, hard-working neighborhood butcher, seems to have gone mad -- mad with fear and apprehension of the dangers of adult life, the dangers of the world, the dangers he sees in every corner for his beloved boy.
As the long-suffering, desperately harassed mother tells her son, the father’s fear arises from love and pride. Perhaps, but it produces too much anger in Marcus for him to endure living with his parents any longer. He leaves them and, far from Newark, in the midwestern college, has to find his way amid the customs and constrictions of another American world.
Indignation, Philip Roth’s twenty-ninth book, is a story of inexperience, foolishness, intellectual resistance, sexual discovery, courage, and error. It is a story told with all the inventive energy and wit Roth has at his command, at once a startling departure from the haunted narratives of old age and experience in his recent books and a powerful addition to his investigations of the impact of American history on the life of the vulnerable individual.
Indignation is a coming-of-age tale with a very elegiac feel, a film about youth made from the perspective of someone clearly very old. We hear a mournful voiceover reflecting on the coincidences and accidents that lead to death. Whether in American Graffiti or I Vitelloni or in Diner , such films will generally come steeped in nostalgia but will portray the youth of the protagonists in a riotously celebratory fashion. Their futures may be uncertain but the young bucks will be riding in cars, drinking and making out with girls. Marcus Messner brilliantly played by Logan Lerman, hitherto best known for starring in the Percy Jackson movies is a precociously intelligent Jewish kid from New Jersey. His father is a kosher butcher. The family are determined that he will go to college, not just so he can better himself but because that is a way of avoiding the draft for the Korean War.
Common Sense says
Indignation is a American drama film written, produced, and directed by James Schamus. The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 24, , and was released theatrically on July 29, , by Roadside Attractions and Summit Entertainment. Lerman's performance received positive reviews form critics and earned him a Best Actor nomination at the Seattle Film Critics Awards. Marcus Messner is fighting in the Korean War. After an encounter with Chinese troops, he reflects on the choices he made in his life and how they led him to where he is now. In the summer of , before his first year of college, Marcus's synagogue in Newark, New Jersey mourns the death in Korea of one of his classmates.