Film Analysis

Film Analysis
Katie E. Sturdevant
ENG 225
Michael O’Donnell
December 17, 2009

Film can often times take us beyond our own imaginations, just as easily as reading literature. Film can bring literature to life; it turns our visions of “Neverland” and “Fantastica” into reality. It is as though our eyes can finally experience the words we once read on a page. Films can be simply viewed, or they can be analyzed for a heightened understanding. Therefore, this essay will discuss what makes a film efficient through the analysis of film.
In order to analyze a film, we must minimize our presumptions and prejudgments of a film.   For example, we have to recognize that we might be drawn towards beautiful people. Therefore, watching the awkward face of Paul Rust playing Denis, in the movie, I Love You, Beth Cooper (Columbus, 2009), could inhibit us from experiencing the sincerity of the hidden theme. The hidden theme of anything is possible in this movie could be lost on the character’s less than perfect appearance.
      Perhaps it is possible that the dorky, unattractive boy does get the popular, attractive girl. “Others may reject worthwhile movies because of their unwillingness to venture beyond the norm (Boggs & Petrie, 2008. p. 9).” Moreover, once we recognize what we prefer, we can move past those prejudices, and finally appreciate the film.
When we reach the point where we can appreciate films for what they are, even if they are not our personal favorites, we can begin to analyze if the film is efficient. Often times, we look for the central idea that seems to be playing before our eyes, theme.
      To identify a theme, it is best to make a provisional recognition of what we think the film was trying to convey, just after we have viewed the film. It helps to decipher the central concerns in a film, which include all major elements. However, as the film is analyzed, we have to be prepared to change our initial idea of that theme. For example, in Saving...