analysis of films
Setting is a description of where and when the story takes place.
- through dialogue?
- by the way they speak?
- physical appearance? thoughts and feelings?
- interaction – the way they act towards other characters?
- Are they static characters who do not change?
- Do they develop by the end of the story?
- What type of characters are they?
- What qualities stand out?
- Are they stereotypes?
- Are the characters believable?
Most people also have favourite movies that they keep watching again and again and don’t get bored of and they don’t get tired of discussing those movies with other fans. They know what happens at the basic plot level, they know the ending and sometimes have most of the dialogue memorized, but they keep re-watching. And this I believe is in part because certain movies are so complex, so multi-faceted, that the viewer simply can’t take it all in during a single viewing. So each viewing becomes a new experience depending on what is being paid attention to.
Taking part in all this has made me realize that fiction movies and fiction TV shows are psychologically very important to the masses. For a lot of people it’s not enough to simply watch and enjoy a movie. They want to know how films are made and they want a deeper conceptual understanding of their favourite films. That’s why most movies are now released on home media with film maker commentaries, behind the scenes documentaries and so on.
In general, I think of pausing, rewinding, and taking notes as interruptions that will bring you out of the film—literally and emotionally—and that can play a role in how you view a film from a critical standpoint.
On the other side of the coin, the Transformers movies, as detailed as the robots look, most of the time while I was watching the movies, I felt like I was watching a jumbled mess of computer animated metal smashing into each other. It didn’t look stimulating. You want the special effects to complement the story rather than just being used as a visual device.
This is the first part in an eight-part series on how to analyse movies.
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The introductory part of a film analysis essay contains some fundamental information about the movie, like the film title, release date, and director’s name. In other words, the reader should get familiar with some background information about the film. It would be good to research the filmmaker because it can reveal significant insights related to the movie which you can use in your analysis.
Casting is another significant element to take into consideration in your film analysis essay. Actors bring the script and director’s idea into reality.