Waiting For Godot Review and Reflection

Without mincing my words, I HATED Waiting For Godot.

Waiting For Godot is a play by Samuel Beckett. The play is full of his usual black or gallows humour. I am usually quite a fan of this type of humour, but I just don’t think it worked in Waiting For Godot.

The dialogue in Waiting For Godot just seemed almost like gibberish to me, it didn’t make sense. There is probably a meaning behind much of the dialogue but to me it was just more pretentious rubbish. I’m sorry if you’re a fan, but I just couldn’t get into it. The 2001 film version (above) held my interest a little better when we watched snippets of it last week, but I just don’t think I could watch all of it.

As another blogger put best Waiting for Godot could be called “Waiting for plot” NOTHING HAPPENS! Sure, this could be there to be interpreted like the other crappy aspects of this play, perhaps it represents the futility of life or some such. Beckett himself said that Godot does not mean God, however much people say he does. What’s the point of interpretation if the playwright shuns it? The play should make sense in its own right. Well, that’s my opinion at least.

The characters in the play are Vladimir, Estragon, Pozzo and his “slave” Lucky, Lucky has a potentially interesting monologue. I say potentially because his speech is downright insane. It makes no sense!

That speech is confusing and insane for the sake of it. I will not allow anyone to defend it. It is awful, just like this play. It’s a rare occurrence when I don’t have anything good to say about something I’m reviewing but in this case I truly don’t. Perhaps I don’t “get” it. And if I don’t get it, there is next to no chance that I’ll enjoy it.  As I’ve said numerous times in this review, I hated Waiting for Godot. It is an overrated pile of pretentious, existential crap. I know it sounds harsh, but I seriously hated this one. This is the one that all bad plays and scripts will now be judged of in my head.  In the future I may see a god awful play or read a terrible script but in my head I’ll say; “Well, at least it wasn’t as bad as Waiting for Godot”

REFLECTION

I can’t make a creative reflection. I just can’t. I hated Waiting for Godot. We watched the film version of Waiting for Godot. It wasn’t very good either. But any problems I have with this version goes back to the script. The acting was great, particularly Vladimir. I would much rather watch it than read it. We also watched the Sesame Street spoof, titled Waiting For Elmo. This spoof makes jokes about just how confusing and boring the play is. It is also hilarious, and a vast improvement on the actual script. I suppose if I were you, the advice I’d take away from this reflection is that you should watch Waiting for Elmo instead. It’s much better.

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4 thoughts on “Waiting For Godot Review and Reflection

  1. 😉 Good review! I hated it too haha. I think the speech is insane… but is is (in parts) fairly reflective of how people speak… its just a shame what they actually say isn’t worth listening to.

    Thanks for linking my blog =D

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  2. Have to study this retarded play for year 12 and i have to say ive started hating drama class because of it… This should not be even looked at as a play to be studied in my final year of school, its negative and downright stupid… Hate it, sick of it, get rid of it!!!

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  3. This book is total crap. I don’t know how it’s still sold in stores. Samuel Beckett made a mistake keeping the name Godot; Americans obviously are going to think he is God, even though Beckett later stated he wasn’t. That’s a literary flop. This book had very little meaning. It’s like a completely black canvas that is put in a modern art museum. No one has a concrete interpretation of this. Interpretations range from Marxism to Freudian psychology to the Civil War. Pathetic Beckett.

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