In a generation where entertainment is valued, films often waiver in juxtapose with their text counterparts. However, this is not the case with the film adaptation (2081) of Kurt Vonnegut’s epic short “Harrison Bergeron”. In both interpretations, we are introduced to a society where the population is made “equal” through handicaps by a group of people who hold power – an obvious knock on Communism. 2081 presents more force behind the story’s argument than the text, since a higher volume of connections can be drawn and more purpose is given behind the character’s actions. In the text, George and Hazel’s character seem to possess a monotone emotion, displaying obliviousness to the cruelty of the system. I don’t dislike this element, but it’s a lot easier to emphasize with George and Hazel in 2081 where they are shown with a spectrum of expressions from concern to despair in response to the oppressive nature of the government. In the climax of the text, Harrison and the ballerina are depicted defying “the law of gravity and the law of motion” as they dance, a dramatic and grand symbolization of freedom. In 2081, the same symbolism is shown but is levels more realistic, leaving you cheering for the protagonists. Whether it be graduating from high school or climbing a mountain, the moment of empowerment the characters experience is relatable. The characterization of Harrison Bergeron in the text has a very small sense purpose, executing his grand scheme out of angst. As the Handicapper General is broadcasted murdering our protagonist in 2081, we learn alongside her that Harrison’s endeavor took place in order expose the hypocrisy and cruelty of the government. Being that Kurt Vonnegut’s intention was to criticize Communism, 2081 conveys a stronger message thanks to its relatability, and portrayal of hypocrisy. If a picture is worth a thousand words, what about a film?