As summer days pass, we become less active, causing the subtle deterioration of our unschooled brain cells. Our eyes become accustomed to hours of reruns, and the days of scantrons are pushed from memory. While our bodies sink deeper and deeper into the sofa, our limbs beg for exercise and our minds, too, pine for occasional stimulation to avoid getting rusty. Relaxing isn’t bad…in fact, we’re allowed to be downright lazy sometimes. This summer, try a new activity that will afford you the freedom of leisure and offer the exhilaration your mind longs for: movie analyzing. Next time you visit the theater or sit at home with friends and rootbeer floats, follow these questions and give your brain a much-needed workout.
1). Conflict: Who are the opposing characters and forces, and what are the conflicting ideas that create the action (the plot, the sequence of events) of the story?
2). Climax: What is the most pivotal point of the story (when the drama explodes and resolution will soon follow)?
3). Theme: Find the general meaning of the film. What message is it trying to send?
1). Who is the Protagonist in the story (the central character, and most often the hero)? Who is the Antagonist (the character or characters who bring opposition against the protagonist)?
2). What traits or qualities in the story make the “good guy” good and the “bad guy” bad?
3). How do the main characters, good and bad, change by the end of the film?
1). Setting: What significance does the set of the film have on the overall story?
2). Colors: Observe the use of color in the film. Do certain colors seem to appear more often or at particular times? Note the significance.
3). Editing: Watch the camera angles and scene changes. Try to figure out why the director might have shot some scenes a specific way. Do any camera shots contribute to certain emotions you feel while you watch (scared, lonely, cold, etc.)?