Section 5: Film Reviews

5.1 

Please post a short film review of approximately 250 – 500 words in length. You are welcome to upload or make use of the framework provided in Rupert’s class. 

WASP

Wasp is a social realist British film following a family suffering with poverty and several other social and economic issues. The film beautifully incorporates documentary styled hand held camera  movement to give a sense of reality to the narrative. The audience are left to wonder if it is a film based on reality. We are given close intimate shots of the children and their lives which bring us closer to the difficulty of their situation.  This in turn creates a deeply moving narrative and characters you can empathise with. The use of cinematography to create an illusion of reality gives the film darker tones which make you consider the thoughts and feelings of the children in more depth.

The performance of the film is particularly impressive, especially the children. The children’s acting is well edited to capture their wants and feelings at the right time. We are shown their desperation and hunger as well as their maturity and hesitation towards their mother. The oldest child of 8 displays much more maturity than her other siblings and even her mother. She takes into consideration the well being of her siblings and also is already aware of more adult themes such as sex. Here the film makes commentary on the pressure such economic instability on a family can place on the children.

In summary Wasp is a deeply moving film which allows the audience to explore the issues of poverty within Britain on families. Through excellent and creative cinematography, script and performance that brings depth to characters, a sense of realism is conveyed. As a result, the audience are drawn into the lives and conditions of the family and empathise with the effects.

5.2 

Please post a review of a feature film production of your choice (British or World cinema). Make sure to comment on the narrative structure, as well as sound, camera, lighting and editing choices.

A TOUCH OF EVIL

Despite being a US box office failure during its release, A Touch of Evil is now considered the classic B-Movie. It’s plot tackles several heavy themes such as race, drugs, crime, corruption, humanity, and sex with riveting elegancy and subtlety. It stands at the end of the Classic Film Noir period and is a must watch for understanding the essence and features of Film Noir. Compelling and gripping, A Touch of Evil will have you squealing with anticipation and questioning the morals of men. 

Its dark labyrinth plot opens with one of the greatest single shots in cinematic history. For a whole 3 minutes and 20 seconds, we follow a car holding a bomb and the people surrounding it, as tension builds and builds we finally hear an offscreen explosion. We are then introduced to the story of Quinlan, a corrupt American detective with an overwhelming presence and game leg which has the intuition of a wild animal. Accompanying him is the honest Mexican narcotics investigator Mike and his wife Susie. We will see them go to any length to overtake and destroy one another.

In a series of twists and turns, backstabbing and betrayal we are invited to learn more about the characters and their morals – or lack of. Welles excellent cinematography engulfs you into the lives of the characters, and the screen is consumed by a series of beautifully constructed shots. We are fearful of Quinlan’s power and dominance as he fills the room and we root for Mike as we see his struggle to take control. Every angle and every camera movement is there to tell you the characters motives, position and the foreboding tragedy they will soon experience. 

 

 

 

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One thought on “Section 5: Film Reviews”

  1. Really nice reviews, Macy – good to see you thinking about a variety of cinematic elements. You’ve successfully completed 5.1 & 5.2!

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