Legally Blonde Essay

Legally Blonde Movie Analysis

Legally Blonde directed by Robert Luketic is a movie which reflects upon a emotional journey within a physical journey and this is conveyed through the use of many various techniques such as music and sound effects, camera angles and lighting. It involves Elle Woods, a blonde sorority queen who is dumped by her boyfriend Warner on the basis that he needs a Jackie O, not a Marilyn Monroe. She decides to win him back by following him to law school where she learns that she can achieve anything she puts her mind to.

The movie begins the song ‘Perfect Day’ which plays during a montage of her getting ready for her date with her boyfriend Warner, in which she is expecting a proposal. This gives off the impression that this is her 'perfect day' and that her priorities life are more social than academic. As Warner arrives to at Elle's home, he is made to be seen as very handsome being well groomed and powerful through the use of low angle shots.

During   the date, rising music is played as Elle is eagerly waiting for him to propose, reflecting her excitement. However, this is cruelly shut down when she learns that he was intending to break up with her instead. This is conveyed in the dialogue ‘Elle, if I’m going to be a senator I need to marry a Jackie, not a Marilyn’. Here a close-up shot of Elle's reaction shows how distressed she is.

For the next few weeks, Elle stays in her room and sulk, watching romance movies and eating chocolate. It seems like she is only going to get worse when Elle’s friends persuade her to go and get her nails done to cheer her up. Here, Elle has an epiphany and the catalyst for the journey is conveyed.   She wants to win Warner back by proving to him that she is not a "Marilyn" and can get into Harvard University. This is shown in the dialogue ‘Once Warner sees me as successful law student, he’ll totally want me back’ which she says with a excited tone.

The first obstacle which Elle has to overcome...