When most of us go to the movies, we are simply looking to be entertained. However, whether we know it or not, we are analyzing the film. In order to truly analyze a film there are many things to take into consideration. Using motion picture as his medium, the filmmaker has many elements that must come together in order to deliver a believable story.
First of all before beginning an objective evaluation, we must consider the film’s level of ambition.” (p. 405) Is the director trying to tell a serious story or is it for pure visual entertainment? It would not be fair to judge a film that only seeks to entertain or targets a specific audience. The Toxic Avenger, directed by Michael Herz and Lloyd Kaufman, for example, is a B movie at best, and it is apparent when watching this movie that the filmmaker had no intention of making a serious movie. It is extremely far fetched and the special effects and voice over are very low budget and not at all believable. However, this movie has achieved a cult following.
The serious filmmaker has a purpose or a theme to their movie. This is the message that the filmmaker wishes to convey to the audience. Once the purpose or intent of the film has been identified, it is then possible to see what tools or techniques the filmmaker uses to convey the message.
In order to convey the theme, the film must contain a good story. When describing the elements of a good story, Boggs and Petrie tell us that “To become fully involved in a story, we must usually be convinced that it could be true.” (2008, p.42) the filmmaker has three ways in which to convince the audience of the films plausibility. The first, according to Boggs and Petrie(2008) is, “Externally Observable Truths,” ( p.42) which portrays things as they actually are. For example, the good guy doesn’t always win, or bad things happen to good people.(2008) In The Notebook, directed by Nick Cassavetes, is the story of Noah and Allie who are in a nursing home together....