Final Film Analysis: The Big Short (2015) (Movie Review Sample)
Film Analysis Log
Your out of class assignment for the film unit will be to watch a film of your choice (except for films we watch as a class) and write a film analysis log. Feel free to watch the same movie as someone else in the class, and discuss the movie afterwards, but write your own response. Your response should follow the format below.
1. Title, release date, director, rating of the movie, (G, PG, PG-13, or R), and date viewed
2. Analysis: This is at least a 2-3 page essay (MLA format/double-spaced) in which you respond to the movie
In the first paragraph, briefly summarize the film (no more than 4 sentences) and clearly state a key message, theme, or big idea that the film conveys.
In your body paragraphs, use specific evidence from the film to explain how this message is conveyed through elements of preproduction, production, and postproduction. Make sure you answer the following 2 questions:
HOW do the filmmakers convey a certain message?
WHY did they make the choices that they made?
Use the vocabulary (i.e. the technical terms from the lectures) that we go over in class
Film Analysis Log #1 is due Thursday, May 24th 11:59 PM. For this first response, you must view one of the movies that have been nominated for an Academy Award in Cinematography and Editing preferably from the last 30 years but I’m okay if you go back further than 50 years; if you pick a movie that is not on the list, please let me know ahead of time.
The Big Short, December 2015, Adam McKay, Rated R. (Viewed on 21st May 2018).
The Big Short (2015) is a biographical comedy film that explains complex financial tools, which eventually led to the 2007/2008 financial crisis. The film is divided into three stories all of which are interconnected through their actions. The film shows how investment banks deliberately invented byzantine financial instruments which helped the rich to get richer and the poor to get poorer. This is a story about how the 2007-2008 financial crisis came to be and how it benefited those working in the financial market.
As shown in the film, few individuals foresaw the collapse of the subprime market. Even for these few persons, they did not expect that financial sector would be so much corrupt. The film explains the complex jargon and terminology used in the financial world in rapid-fire and amusing dialogue between the characters. The film employs different story telling devices to explicate the events that led to the 2007-2008 financial crisis (Schaefer). For example, director has characters onscreen fourth-wall breaking. The film also incorporates cutaways to include known celebrities who help in explaining the film to the audience in simple terms.
The cast in the film instils a sense of legitimacy for example by delivering heavy, mechanical dialogue at an irritable pace, which makes the audience to feel sharper. The protagonist, Michael Burry, shows enough disposition and humanity to his role as a brilliant investor and socially inept person (Bradshaw). The director elevates the main character beyond an investor to a stereotype genius. Meanwhile, Mark Baum is presented as an emotionally impulsive and temperamental character.
Visually, the directors of the film shot it in a documentary style in an effort to give accounts a sense of plausibility. The characters are also presented and dressed like ordinary people with relation to their appearances. Notably, the film resembles a real documentary save for the fourth wall breaking and comical cutaways. Its aesthetics include things such as real world news reports, montages, and pop-culture all of
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