As for production1, in the 1971 version and the 2001 there was drastic differences. For example in the 1971 movie, Gale put mashed potatoes on Brian’s chair when he stood to sing his school’s fight song. But in the 2001 movie Gale didn’t do anything with mashed potatoes or Brian’s chair. [Then,] in the 1971 movie Brian didn’t go through any chemo treatments. But in the 2001 version he went through several harsh chemo sessions. Realism2 was a big difference between the two movies. In the 1971 movie Brian never lost his hair. That could be due to the fact he never went through chemo in that movie. Because he did endure chemo in the 2001 movie he did lose his hair as expected. [Finally,] although there wasn’t that many racist jokes in the 1971 version there was still more than there was in the 2001 movie.
The styles3 within the movie matched more in the 1971 version than it did in the 2001. Probably because it was actually filmed during that time. For example, the clothes worn by the actors in the 1971 actually seemed real. Unlike in the 2001 movie, which the clothes seemed fake. Almost like a costume. [Next,] the cars seemed so off in the 2001 movie. It was like they didn’t even try. Well, they probably didn’t. But still, the cars were real in the first movie, those were the cars they actually drove everyday.
The Brian’s Song movies are both very good productions. Each had differences that made them better and worse. Both movies had a scene that was enjoyable. Equally they had a scene that was cringe-worthy. Although the acting was better in the 2001 movie, it didn’t really follow the original storyline. Vice versa for the 1971 version. I thought the whole Brian’s Song story was very interesting and different. It was definitely a change in the type of stories I prefer to read. But nonetheless it was really good.