rhetorical analysis of a movie

rhetorical analysis of a movie

Rhetorical analysis of a movie
A Rhetorical Analysis of the Movie “The Pacifier”
The movie begins with Vin Diesel, as Lieutenant Shane Wolfe, on a mission to save a man by the name of Howard Plummer from a group of Serbian rebels who are after Plummer’s classified documents for the government. The aftermath of Wolfe’s mission results in his own hospitalization, but more importantly he fails his mission as Mr. Plummer is killed within the deadly encounter. After two month’s in the hospital, Wolfe is assigned to protect Plummer’s family while Mrs. Plummer goes away to receive a safety deposit box that her husband had left behind. When Wolfe arrives to the Plummer residence, he is greeted by five children, Zoe, Seth, Lulu, Peter, and baby Tyler, and a nanny by the name of Helga. As the days go by, Wolfe finds himself having to babysit the five children, due to the absence of Helga. It is up to Wolfe to now not only protect these kids from people who are trying to get their dad’s project, but also cook, clean, and ensure that the kids attend school. When Mrs. Plummer returns home, two ninjas who reveal themselves as her two North Korean neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Chun, take the kids as hostage in order to find Mr. Plummer’s government project located in the house. After finding the vault where the project was stored, a fight occurs ending in Mrs. Plummer knocking Mrs. Chun out, and the kids school principal, Claire Fletcher, knocking Mr. Chun out. The ending of this scene is crucial because it displays irony as these women end up saving the day from Mr. Wolfe.

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Emily White is the Program Coordinator and Professor of Writing for the Department of English, Speech, and Foreign Languages at North Central Texas College. Emily received her bachelor’s Degree from Texas Woman’s University in 1998, her Master’s Degree from Virginia Polytechnic and State University (Virginia Tech) in 2002, and her PhD in Rhetoric from Texas Woman’s University in 2010. Emily also volunteer teaches for the Koan Private School in Denton, Texas. Emily uses a variety of popular media to teach basic writing and rhetoric to both college students as well as elementary, middle school, and high school students.
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Along with the literary elements such as plot, setting, characterization, structure, and theme, which make up the text or screenplay, there are many different film techniques used to tell the story or narrative. Attention is paid to sound, music, lighting, camera angles, and editing. What is important is to focus on how all the elements are used together in making a good film.
Below is a list of elements and questions to help you when analyzing films.

Rhetorical analysis of a movie
Identify the duration of the movie. Duration is how much time passes in the movie’s story from the beginning to end. This is different from screen time which is usually ninety minutes. Why did the movie choose this duration? Was it to show a day in the life of a character or to show the process of a civilization’s rise and fall? Most movies aren’t exactly specific about how much time passes but the viewer can gather a general idea which is important to how the movie unfolds.
Identify the resolution of the movie. The resolution is the ending where the consequences of all previous actions have their final effect. Why did the movie choose this resolution? What statement does the movie make by showing the cowboy ride off into the sunset?

References:

http://earl-brooks.com/assignment-1-rhetorical-analysis-of-a-filmdocumentary
http://ffc.twu.edu/issue_5-2/feat_White_5-2.html
http://courses.lumenlearning.com/introliterature/chapter/how-to-analyze-a-film/
http://ourpastimes.com/how-to-write-a-rhetorical-analysis-of-a-movie-12543261.html
http://www.elcamino.edu/faculty/sdonnell/scene_analysis.htm

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