The Beginning of it All and Some Changes That Occurred
At the beginning of this class I did not look at movies that much in dept at all. I would watch a movie and judge it based off if it was a good movie for its genre. However, that changed and I began to look at movies in a more deeper way and actually evaluate and analysis what is going on. Beforehand I thought that film criticism would be easy and you just watch the movie and tell what’s going on and then your opinion on it. Now I think that film evaluation even if you are not going to share your evaluation could help when it comes to understanding the storyline and things that are not directly said overall making the movie or tv show more understandable and easier to follow once you look at it from a critics point of view.
What Has Changed The Most For Me?- Being More Tuned in
What has changed the most for me would be looking at how the setting has more meaning that just being there so the characters have a place to be. Beforehand that’s what I thought but that all changed recently when I discovered that production uses the background to hint at things about the characters or the plot that is not verbally being said. The color scheme can also tie in with this element because it adds to the overall mood and so does the setting. If the setting is in Someone Great a netflix original with Gina Rodriguez being the main character whose life is busy and she is having a hard time coping with a recent breakup and moving away all at the same time. We see this in the picture above that the background is busy in a way and there is really not a lot of organization going on. What you instantly think just by looking at the characters is that they are happy who is in a good place in life. From the setting of Jenny’s( Rodriguez) you can that whoever lives there has a busy lifestyle and she just so happens to have that as we find out throughout the movie. Knowing this now it has helped me uncover things about the characters that was not said directly or at all and it helps understanding the choices that the characters are making better.
Film Approach- What Do I Do Differently?
From the very start of deciding a movie I would first go to a movie with actors that I loved and avoided ones with actors that I was not really a fan of. This changed because recently I have been choosing Tv. shows and movies that cast people that I do not really love or never watched. An example of how my overall approach have changed would be recently when I decided to watch Lady-Like which is also a Netflix original movie. I did not know any of the cast so it was a new for me to do that compared to previously choosing the movie because I knew the actors in the movie. When it comes to watching movies that process has not really changed besides the fact that I am now analysing the movie at a greater depth looking at the looking at the background, color theory and other elements to see how they tie the movie together and if it is complimenting what is going on. For example in the movie Lady-Like in the picture to the right above you see Allie who happens to be one of our main characters. In this picture we are seeing her reckless behavior because she is simply in the garbage with a towel on as a dress from the previous night. The color theme of being bright and calmed adds to the effect that the alcohol is out of her system and she is now calm and not as reckless as in the previous scene. My approach after watching the film would be basically the same I form an opinion based off what I watched but have a better reasoning for why I feel that way compared to the before. I now look at the whole movie and the elements of it before I form an opinion on weather it was a good movie that I would recommend or not.
Appreciation and New Thoughts
When it comes to appreciating movies I still remain the same. I know it takes a lot of work and effort to make a movie that could have been a book and saved my time from reading a book when I do not like reading at all.If movies were not created then I probably would have never knew what type of genre I would like when it comes to Tv. Shows and other basic things like that. What triggered a new thought going through this course would be that you should open up to different genres of movies and be less biased when it comes to choosing the movie. Also o not let your baggage of what other people tell you affect your overall opinion of the movie. Forming your own opinions when it comes to movies are important. You can take others opinion into consideration however don’t let that affect your personal reflection. I had a habit of doing this at the beginning of the class now I form my own opinion and it has really helped me decide on why I like or do not like the movie and forming my own opinion about other things besides movies instead of letting my baggage and outside sources get in the way of that.
-Jada McMullens May 8,2019