Exploring Film Criticism with a New Perspective

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


Is Inside Out Really Shown on the Outside?

In the movie Inside Out you might think that Riley (the person whose head we are in) might be depressed. That’s not really the case instead she is just having a hard time expressing her emotions.

Synopsis- What’s Going On?

Riley was a 11 year old who loved to play hockey and was a happy girl all until her family moves to San Francisco. Inside her headquarter (her brain) her emotions( Joy, Anger, Sadness, Disgust and Fear) tries to lead her through the change. Because of the move she becomes stress and this triggers her sadness emotion. When Sadness and Joy is accidently moved into another part of Riley’s brain there is only Anger, Fear, and Disgust left inside of her headquarters and has to try and maintain Riley’s emotions.

Genre and Audience- Is It Only For Kids?

Inside out is a PG MPAA rated fantasy family/children movie meaning that it is family friendly however parents should look out for some inappropriate content for some ages. In this movie specifically you see very little content that is inappropriate for all ages or that would need parental guidance. The closest that this gets to being inappropriate would be the table scene when Riley tells her parents to “just” shut up” and storms off. Shut up in some households would be considered crude language while in others it would not be. This could influence children to be rebellious and act in this manner when they come to a disagreement with their parents. Inside Out is not just for kid it can be for older people too who are interested in a good family friendly animation.

Cinematography- The Design

Throughout the movie we see mainly the point of view of the emotions. As they are helping Riley go through this struggle we find out that there is a storage of memory orbs containing all of Riley’s memories. As you can see pictured in image one and three the orb reflects that memory and we get to see the memory from the perspective that the emotion is looking at the orb. As you can see in the second picture we can see a memory replaying in Riley’s mind as she remembers them. We do not see much of Riley through the movie but when we do you can see her changes in moods when we do see her and how fast they switch. Through the journey when Riley appears we can see what emotion she is feeling by her facial expressions or her body language.

oh and the Crew

Obviously the characters in Inside Out is not real, but they do need actors behind the character to bring the movie and characters themselves to life. The characters are coordinated by the colors that represents their emotions and the role they play in the movie. As the voice of Joy (Middle character) Amy Poehler is responsible for bringing the happy and joyful lead character alive creating a joyful atmosphere. Sadness is the complete opposite of joy if you could not tell. Sadness is voiced by Phyllis Smith who brings sadness to life by creating the sad atmosphere when it comes to Riley being stressed and having a hard time expressing the other emotions. After the two main emotions we have the three emotions that are left at the headquarters when Sadness and joy got misplaced. Anger voiced by Lewis Black, Disgusted voiced by Mindy Kaling and finally Fear who was voiced by Bill Hader. The girl whose mind we are exploring is voiced by Kaitlyn Dias. Pixar crew established this movie which the crew behind it all was Pete Docter,John Lasseter,John Cooley,Michael Giacchino,Jonas River, Meg LeFauve and Ralph Eggleston.

Theme– Is There an Underlying Message?

In this movie we see a lot of change and sadness. The theme within this movie would be that things change. We see this fro the very beginning of the movie where Riley’s family moves to San Francisco. Because of that change Riley’s perspective of everything around her began to change also as a result of her having to leave her childhood behind in her original city as she becomes a pre-teen. Sadness plays a role in this because we see her constantly wanting to disappear afraid that if she touch something it could affect Riley. However what we can take away from this would be that having feelings are not a bad thing but as you mature and get older the emotions will become more complex.

Character Conflicts- Who vs. Who?

Throughout the movie we see Riley at a conflict with herself meaning that she is having a Man Vs. Self conflict. This movie was based off this one conflict because of the recent move Riley’s family had recently made. We are just looking at the this conflict from inside of her mind and how her emotions are trying to maintain her well being and helping her get through the story. In this conflict there is other conflicts in itself. You have our main characters which are trying to save Riley’s memories and they come across many challenges that comes in their way such as sadness not wanting to touch any memories because she is scared she will ruin this and this is where we see a man vs self within the emotions.

Personal Reflection

If I had to rate Inside out on a grading scale I would give it an A. This movie taught a valuable lesson that is suitable for all age groups making it one of the strengths it have. Another strength that Inside Out has would be its a pproach to the theme and getting kids to understand their emotions and that we all have them. I did not find any weaknesses in the movie. It was a great movie and I would recommend it to anyone who was looking for a family friendly animation.

-Jada McMullens May 06,2019

Is a quiet place really a place with no sound?

When you think of the word quiet that means there is no sound at all or the bare minimum. In this case A Quiet place is exactly that but not because they want to but in order to stay alive and out of danger.

Synopsis- What the heck is happening!?!

A family of five lives in a town in New York with little to no sound being created by themselves however, by communicating through sign language(which was previously known because the daughter was deaf) to get through everyday life. The reasoning why they have to live in silence is because of a creature who is blind but is attracted to sound. Whatever the creature comes in contact with it will attack the subject. In this Thriller “If they hear you, they hunt you.” Everyone is at risk even with a single step.

Genre and Audience- Who is this movie made for?

A quiet place is a thriller meaning that it has and turning point that can be sensitive to some groups.There is times in the movie for example to creature attacking the man that was in the woods and also the little boy. Within these parts there is conflict of human vs. creature and ends with fatality. Also if you are sensitive to blood there is parts closer to the ending that involves blood. When rating this movie the MPPA rating for A quiet place is PG-13 movie. This movie is overall friendly however there should be parental supervised and is suitable for people who is 13 or older. There is parts where there is that involves killing and death at some part which is where the parental supervision should be in place also some harsh events that occurs. While matured ages are more likely to handle these aspects of this movie. Also if you are not the type of person that can watch a 90 minute movie with limited dialogue and you have to have the dialogue to go along with the visuals this is not the movie for you. On the other hand if you like to analyze and observe this is the movie for you to do that and pay close to the small details.

Cast and Crew Identification

The characters in this movie are not really introduced. From the start we know there is five characters and they are all a family. As we go through the movie we see the traits of them develop and we get a better understanding of them through their actions or the few words that they say. The crew behind this all would be John Krasinski(filmmaker and director), Scott Beck(director and screenwriter), Kasia Walicka-Maimone(costume designer), and Heather Loeffler(set decorator). The cast acting was amazing for them not to have dialogue and also having to know their cues as to what to say and do in order to protrade what is going on. Having to act without using dialogue and substituting spoken words into ASL ( American Sign Language) that could be difficult for most actors who are not able to get a new form of language that quick and to be able to perform it fluently. The emotion and the commitment that went into the can be seen through their acting which adds to the overall effect of it all.

Theme – What was the lesson within the movie?

The theme that is in A quiet place is not straightforward however you got to analyse the cast as a whole. Family values meaning that being strong together and having that strong bond can get you out of hard situations that y’all come across. We see this multiple times the first being the father making hearing aids for Regan so that she can hear even if it’s the slightest. She laters uses that to help her mother protect her family and they do this as a family through the movie risking their life to help save the other. Because of their strong bond they were able to get through them experiences and push forward to make their lives normal again.

Character Exploration and Conflict.

Throughout the movie we mainly see Regan. She is deaf as we know and feels misplaced and less loved after she believes her dad blames her for her little brother Beau getting taken away by the creature. She then has a different attitude towards him refusing to obey him the first time. However we see this change when he tells her that he loves her right before the climax where her dad tries to fight off the creature and this changes her outlook overall. She went from feeling misplaced to eager to do something and that’s exactly what she did all because of the character vs. character conflict with her dad. However, the main conflict that characters goes through is character(s) vs. the unknown. We see the family throughout the whole movie fighting against the unknown creature who has came into the town. There is many conflicts that occur within this category of conflict from the beginning to the end of the movie.

Cinematography and Sound – The Camera

Although the characters did not talk there was still music. The music added to the overall tone of the movie it foreshadowed that something was going to happen or it intensified the mood. The music for example when the parents were slow dancing in the basement the song that played could almost show a sense they they will be at peace again eventually, this is the time where we see them relax a little and are not so intense. The impact that the music had on the movie would be to show how the characters are feeling in the moment without them having to say it. It allows us to get a deeper look at how they are actually feeling on the inside. Along with the music the visuals and framing was good. We got to see what was happening from each character’s point of view and how they looked at the situation.Also we get to see it from the view of the unknown, The upclose shot showed the emotions in the character and was there when needed and so was other framing. We see this wThe music and the cinemagraphs went hand in hand bhen the mother is about to have birth and is in the bathtub holding in her screams. With this close up we are able to see her pain and also feel it because of the up close and personal shot. Because of the framing and music made you feel like you was in the character shoes and was there with them. When there was a simple sound and the music pace started to speed up making you eager to know what’s about to happen and there is times where nothing happens and times where things do get intense. The color theory of the movie sticking with the greens and darker colors such as black added that sense of suspense and tension that draws the watcher in and helps express the emotion within the movie. When looking at the color theory greens means danger and we see this color manly when there is sound and the creature makes an appearance. Black in the color theory means fear death or the unknown. When the creature appears we see a mixture of the greens and blacks tying the elements of the colors together to make one overall tone. The only time that we see colors that are not of this theory would be when the father and older son is at the waterfall. At the waterfall we see bright colors such as blue in the waterfall where they are at peace for once. The waterfall is where we get to see them actually be free and let go of that fear of if they make a sound they would attract the creature.

Personal Reflection! Is it a success or a flop?

Overall this movie was a success for the the effort that was put in it and the outcome. This movie required for th cast to be able to show emotions without talking and make it work and it did. The strength of the movie was the GCI used for the creature and how it interacted with the objects so seamlessly. The fact that this movie was a Thriller and also can be a drama for the family adds to the overall greatness of this because you can watch it with family and do not have to worry about mature content however there is minor things that some parents might not want their younger kids to see. Mainly the way that they held the watcher attention the whole time was a strength in itself. When it comes to a weakness in the movie I like there is a weakness in informing the readers about the characters. Going into the movie you know it is a family of five however there is no designated names or anything we do not really learn about the characters to individualize them. This movie I enjoyed it a lot and my attention was held that whole time. If I was to have to recommend a thriller to someone it definitely would be this movie and many other critics believe that it was an outstanding movie also. Grading this movie I would give it an 98 because there is always room for improvement when it comes to a movie. However, it was close to being the perfect movie to me.

Jada McMullens April 15,2019

Is Black Panther really who we think he is?

As we all probably heard about the rage of Black Panther that was going around in the summer of 2018. Hearing people say Wakanda Forever was like the norm and something that was used very frequently when the movie first came out and hit the charts. He is to some a hero and to others an enemy, but how does he represent human nature and his contribute to reality?


T’Challa returns to his african kingdom if Wakanda after his father dies to take his place as king of Wakanda. Erik Killmonger who is a powerful enemy comes back to wakanda and puts the world at risk by drawing T’Challa into a conflict. In order to save the world he has to get together his team using the full power of Black Planter to defeat to maintain the safety of the wakandans

Understanding the Genre. What audience is it exactly for?

The genre of Black Panther is a superhero film. In a superhero film there is the superhero which is an individual that is has the ability to do things that the normal human would not be able to do which we know it as being superhuman or having super powers. In this movie particularly it would be T’challa who has the ability through a suit to do things that the normal human would not be able to do such as fighting off Erik and his team who happened to be on mechanical bulls trying to attach them while he was on foot. In a superhero film there is likely to be a villain in some way going after something that the superhero has power over or ruining the town or even the world. In black panther this is Erik who is trying to take over Wakanda and this is where the action in this superhero film began and fighting occurs more oftenly between eric and T’Challa leading up to the big fight scene at the end determining who gets Wakanda. Black Panther is a PG-13 which is made for any age groups and I agree. If you are sensitive to fighting or simply don’t condone it in any way this movie is not good for you because it is full of action.

Cast and Crew Identification

The underlying message and relation to reality

There is many themes that are found in black panther however the one we hear of the most and would be familiar with would be the challenging powerful structures and in this case the powerful structure is T’Challa or Black Panther himself. We se T’Challa at through the movie trying to be brought down and out of the kings spot however he fights to keep what is dear to him and that happens to be Wakanda. Relating this to reality we tend to defend what is dear to our hearts just like T’Challa did even if it may cause issues with others. It is in our human nature to do so and that’s how it is in all reality. from the beginning of the movie we get to know T’Challa better and what he was for and we see his development throughout the movie this is another aspect of the human that affects our reality and how it also affected his.

Character Conflicts and Exploration

In Black Panther we see many conflicts between characters,there is three main conflicts all testing T’Challa’s power and eventually securing his spot as king against the others. T’Challa has is main crew when it comes to fighting and going to when he need things(look at cast and crew identification) they are always there to support him. When it was time to fight Erik at the final face off this is where we get to see the characters determination and it helped strengthen the characters development phases and created a bigger picture of who they really are. This battle had great importance to T’Challa for the sake of Wakanda and the wakandans. At first T’Challa is viewed as the weak character however throughout the movie he was the protagonist ensuring the safety of others before himself. Black Panther is the hero in the movie although he had a mix view from the people of Wakanda.

Personal Reflection

Black Panther to me is a good movie that would be good to watch for a family night. This movie was a huge success not only in my personal opinion but to many others breaking records and accomplishing many other achievements. The camera works, setting, costumes. and the acting all flowed together nicely. I was able to see the emotion within the actors which they brought to life and made it feel as if I was there by the different framing techniques. A weakness that I found in the movie would be that there was moments that could have been better when it came to the special effects. For example when they were fighting of the field it could have been more dynamic with a more special effects and made me feel the hits through the screen and all of the actions. The special effects would add that tension that it was missing within the fight scene to make it more attention grapshing. Overall the movie was pretty good and I would recommend it for someone who is in search of a good superhero movie. Rating this movie on a grading scale I would give it 98 and it is worth the watch and the hype.

Jada McMullens April 8,2019

The Comedy many are funny but what is the ” Best Film Comedy”?

There is many movies that may be funny to you however it all depends on who we are and where we come from. Things that may seem funny to you may not make me laugh at all. The movie that I found was comedy to me and deserved this award would be Uncle Drew. Uncle Drew is a movie that has many famous people who star in it and is known for different things. This movie would be considered a slapstick comedy with the characters falling and also using crucial language and hitting each other.

Attraction and Personal Relations

What Initially drew my attention to the movie would have been its cast itself. There is not many movies where there is a dominant black cast. This was interesting to me because of how I grew up being an African American. There was many parts where I laughed and others did not. This was simply because of my style of humor. My style of humor mainy being mainly affiliative because I like to tease and laugh with my friends and just laugh a lot overall. Also my background of who I am and where I came from.

Growing up in a black home and around many others of my race there was a part where they were at the basketball court and was getting back into playing after a long time that was funny to me because I watched the same thing happen all the taunting and picking on each other about how they played or missing a shot was funny to me because I could relate. The overall movie was something that I could relate to and that was the reason that certain parts were funny to me compared to others who might not have that background.

What The Critics Have to Say- Reviews

There is a mixture of reviews on this movie and many agree that it is a normal sports movie but with liveliness which I agree with. While some critics say that the movie script could have been better and was predictable. However when it comes the audience and their review they believe it is more of funny and something you can get your money’s worth. While there was many mixed reviews on this movie some finding it funny and some seeing it dull with no comedy in it. A common review between the critics and the audience would be that the it was predictable which I do agree with at some points of the story.

The Cinematography

The music that was in the movie really made me more interested in the movie. There was songs in the movie that I remember my parents listening to and created that flashback moment for me and also some familiar slang . When it came to the shot of the movie and the framing it could have improved. There was times where we could have been able to see the emotion more if it was an up close shot. Another thing that added to the movie was the prosthetic makeup. We can tell it was to make them appeal older however it was not the best and could tell it was not real even if you did not know the cast. There was not many times however where there could be enhancements to the cinematography but it supported the comedy because it was simple and to the point.

Personal Reflection

Uncle Drew is a good movie that is worth the watch. While it is funny to some and not to others it is a pure comedy to me because I am able to relate. There is things that I actually can reflect back on that will make me laugh. It all depends on how you grew up and is living now that makes this movie a comedy to you or not. Where there could be enhancements to the cinematography but it would make it seem too much for the style of movie it is. This movie is the best comedy movie because it takes you back to when we would go out and play and taunt each other just like they did in the movie. The comedy in this movie is direct indirect and that adds to the overall aspect of comedy because sometimes you don’t see the slapstick comedy part about to come and they just hit each other out of nowhere.

Jada McMullens April 1,2019

Hairspray! The hairspray we all need and its just at a click of a button!

A Musical is something that we all have watched some point in our life. Musicals are movies with a twist that has music and most of the time a happy upbeat tone. There is a song to go with everything, a lot of dancing and always that one character that is always smiling or a bit behind. ¨ Good Morning Baltimore !¨ from Tracy Turnblad and The Corny Collins Show.


Tracy Turnblad is a teen who loves to dance and auditions for a show called ‘The Corny Collins Show” which is a 1960ś dance show. They were auditioning for a spot of one their co-stars that has to take time off. Tracey gets in when she goes to detention because of skipping class to go to the original auditions and finds a guy who encourages her to go and show them what she can actually do. She later gets the spot on the show. When asked what her first motion if she was president and she stated that she would make everyday negro day. As she get onto the show she becomes famous overnight and many doors open up for her. Tracey was now setting new trends and eventually influencing the show to combine the white and black dancers.

Genre and Audience

The genre of this movie would be drama and romance. When our main characters l Tracy and and Link Larkin become close this would be the romantic part of the movie while there is also a mixture of drama. In the movie we see Tracy at her best, her worst and also just living her ordinary life. We see her doing many things that can cause a big change in her life even if it was bad and good we see it all the trials and the tribulations and also the triumphs that she got from it. Hairspray is a movie that has somethings that has a few disclaimers of teenage smoking and some other subjects however i believe that it is appropriate and a good movie for all people that are interested in musicals.

Evaluation and Analysis

Hairspray is a musical that addresses real life issues in the 1960’s by using a dancing TV show that has one day out the whole year for the black people to do what they love which is dance on television. This is brought to life through the acting of the characters. Nikki Blonsky(Tracy), Elijah Kelley( Seaweed), Zac Efron( Link) and Brittany Snow( Amber Von Tussle) they were the main characters that actually brought the movie to life.

These actors and actresses shows us how the society was then and how there was some things that could be changed. Tracy would represent the character that wanted to be integrated and would do anything so that could happen she really captured this aspect of the story. Blonsky also showed that you should not give up on what you believe in. When it comes to Seaweed he was also like Tracy but he was apart of the black community and during that time he was not able to do all the things that Tracy was able to do to help integrate. He also showed how when there was differences that should not stop you from being with who you love and in that case it was Penny who was the opposite race. Moving onto Link he was a white teen who was afraid to do what he know was write however he was overwhelmed of what might come with it and we see this in his relationship with Tracy. Finally brittney represent the part of society that would do anything to keep things how they were judgemental and segregated. She showed us the unfair side of society.

Rating Hairspray on a grading scale i would give it a 98 A+. I say this because there is a good message behind the movie and it was delivered well as the movie comes to an end. The strong parts of the movie would be that there was a much foreshadowing however it was in a way that made you want to keep watching. I find that this musical addressed the subject of segregation in a way that can be used to teach us how it was then and is appropriate and maintainable for all age groups. The only thing that i found wrong would be the color scheme at sometimes. The color scheme at times where their was sneaking or sadness it was barley dull which did not give the feeling that it was a sad scene.


Overall the movie was good with things here and there that could have been fixed when it came to color schemes. The actors played their part well and helped the underlying concept to come to life. There were parts where i felt bad for tracy when she was getting judged by her size and appearance. However the film was worth the watch being that it was a mixture of drama and romance and it has a good balance between them both. Also with a good view of how it was in the 1960’s

Jada McMullens March 17,2019

E.T: the Extra Terrestrial


One of the main characters happening to be E.T is an (voiced by Pat Bilon) alien who has been trapped on Earth. E.T was found by Henry Thomas who was staring as Elliot in the movie. The existence of E.T is was kept a secret between Elliot and his sibling. On Halloween night Elliot hids E.T identity by dressing him up as a Ghost. The next morning E.T is gone and only to find out through Micheal that E.T was dying in the forest. The government then had to step in and it was important for Elliot to keep E.T hidden from them. The objective for E.T s to “phone home” in other words go back to his home planet

Main Characters

The main character in E.T would be Elliot. Eliot is the protagonist having to make some risky decisions to protect E.T from being known. He is a normal ten year old who just so happens to find this alien. You can see him grow because he is raised in a family where the father had abandoned him and his siblings and as he becomes more fond of E.T he puts his own needs after E.T’s. The second main character would be E.T himself. E.T was the alien friend of Elliot who is values hiom in a new way compared to how his family does for him being the middle child. E.T and Elliot grows fond of each other and E.T actually is used to show that heartbreak is apart of life and we see this at their departing scene.

Standard Genre and Audience

The standard Genre of E.T would be Science fiction. Knowing what I know about science fiction this movie would categorize under that. An alien is not typical on Earth and it is something that is scientific and if from outer space. The fiction part is simple it is.There is and alien being on earth which we know is not real because we do not see aliens just walking around outside. E.T is a PG movie and is recommended for families or anyone in general. The movie has a nice and all age appropriate script and visuals with also a good message at the end that we all may need to learn or have a reminder of.

Character Conflicts

Elliot our main character goes through a lot of conflicts and the very first one so happens to be character vs. society. This is seen because he has to go through a divorce of his parents at the age of ten. His father left them for Mexico and now it is just his mother raising him and his siblings and that’s just something he have to deal with.them to get. E.T would be a big example of this because he is learning real world things and is using them to get back home. Also there is character vs. supernatural conflicts in this story. How this is shown is by E.T is like a supplement to Elliot that helps all the bruises and bumps in his life seem better and not filled with as many issues.

Message behind it All. Theme

This movie may seem all for enjoyment which it is for the most part, however it does have underlying messages. One these messages would be if we are able to communicate then we can overcome our differences. This is shown because at the beginning of E.T and Elliot’s friendship they struggled with communication. As time went on and Elliott began to use nonverbal cues that E. T had and used that as if he was speaking to hum. Later Elliot then teaches E.T how to speak english and they are able to express themselves more to each other and works together better. Another theme that i saw would be heartbreak is apart of life and you will experience some time or another. I got this from the departure scene and Elliot was sad that E.T had to go. Also i got this from the beginning because you an tell that Elliot was not at his best place when he was alone by himself just being the middle child.

Exploration of Cinematography and Color

When It comes to the framing in the movie you can almost tell that it was from a while back. Stating this because the framing was either up close or far away there was not really anything in the middle only in a few parts. At parts where i feel as if it could have been an upc close it was more in the distant. Looking at the award it did not win any awards for cinematography. Moving onto the colors used in the movie the primary colors used were shade of blue. From what i have learned the blue helps take us alone the journey with the character. In E.T it is a journey throughout the movie about the characters friendship and also E.Ts efforts to get home.

Exploration of Sound

The sound in this movie was the sound was mainly low and it was silent at times showing the sympathy between the two characters and them being glad that they are in each others life. The film was given the Academy award for best sound editing and sound mixing. I believe that the film did deserve this because at times where I was not paying that close attention the sounds drawn my attention back to the movie. The sound that interested me the most was when E.T and Elliot touched fingers and the glow became insane and the the sound just added to the intensity of it.

Personal Reflection

E.t to me was a good movie. I was able to be able to enjoy it slight confusion. I believe that that the movie could have had better camera angles at times. Other than that I believe that it was overall good. If I was to gade this i would give it a 97. No movie could be perfect but this movie is close to it. E.T was a good movie and Is worth the watch. However it did make me have a question at the end being did Elliot go back to his normal self like before E.T came. Besides that I overall think that it was a good movie and everything correspond correctly. This is one of the few science fiction that I would recommend because I am not a fan of these type of movies.

Jada McMullens 03.11.19