Hollywood Film Analysis

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Just like stories, Hollywood films have elements. According to Ashford (2017), there are 9 elements in making of a Hollywood storyline. First, is the theme, which pertains to the author’s point or the message of the movie itself. Also, it does not have to be one theme; it can be two or more. Second, is the hero. The main character is considered as the hero of the movie and the most important. It is also the hero that the screenwriters and directors wanted you to relate to and feel empathic for. They use everything, even lighting and sound, to help you identify it. However, it is also the easiest element to figure out. Third, is the hero’s goal. It is the objective that drives the story of the movie. In addition, it can be something that has…show more content…
One, it is topical when it is new. Aside from being new and recent, it usually acknowledge the current events in the world. For instance, Casablanca (1942), which was made after the World War II started, revolves around two people who must decide whether do the duty or go after love that resulted differently. World War II was the time where everyone would drown themselves in their dreams and ambitions. Two, it is timeless. Mostly, great movies exemplify human values timelessly. Things that are significant today like love, death, and family still mean 50 years ago and may mean 50 years from now. Whether the aim of the film is to attract moviegoers or not, the values and emotions are timeless. Three, it has a great performance. You know it is a great movie when its actors or actresses earned a nomination from a prestigious award. For example, The Letter (1929) was about a woman who defended herself from a “rapist’’ and killed him but was found out that it was her lover. The actress, Jeanne Eagels, was nominated for Best Actress in 2nd Academy Awards in 1930. Her acting skills showed a part of herself, which makes a great performance. Four, is it leads to an idea. A great movie has some consciousness that connect to bring the elements altogether. One great example of this is Alfred Hitchcock’s movies. It make the viewers feel nervous and feel like something bad will happen. He had done it 8 times and 7…show more content…
Blockbuster films like The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Spider-Man Trilogy, and Star Wars were produced around the tales of good and evil, while Armageddon, Hell Boy 2 and Independence Day revolves around prevented global destruction. What these have in common is that they have a simple storyline. These are the types of film that is simple to understand and have the worldwide’s interest. They are produced for the audiences and relate their storylines to their hopes and fears. Another characteristic is that their characters are easy to understand. To avoid the viewers from confusion and disinterest, they make the characters more comprehensible like in Terminator 2 and Die Hard films whose desire is to save someone they love or the world itself. Other than that, blockbusters are advertised based on their “look.” They use special effects such as Computer-Generated Imagery (CGI) and pyrotechnical displays that make them look spectacular. In addition, to attract and excite the audiences, they use visual displays instead of dialogues. Some of these films are Mission: Impossible, Titanic, and Pearl Harbour. Lastly, blockbusters become a brand. Expensive blockbusters do not only recoup from the box offices alone but also through their DVDs and video sales. They also recoup the money from selling television rights and merchandising through toys, application games, clothes
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