The Babadook: Film Analysis Of The Film

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The Babadook, directed by Jennifer Kent, is a film representing a person's life when they deny their past and do not face grief. One of the most important scenes in the movie is the basement scene when Samuel ties his mother up and forces her to face the Babadook. This scene shows that eventually a person will be forced to face grief, even if they do not want to. The scene takes place in the basement of Amelia and Samuels home because it was the forbidden room of the home. Down in the basement is where the husband's belongings were kept, therefore the basement represented how deep down they had to face the root of the problem. The basement creates a venerable scene for the audience, not only is it where the husband's belongings were kept,…show more content…
The actors of Amelia and Samuel make the struggle of the situation physically and internally seen real and relatable. Noah Wiseman, the actor who plays the part of Samuel, looks like a frightened little boy who loves his mother. The way he portrays the character with his body language and dialogue make the scene genuine. A child Samuels age would love their parent even if their parent was abusive or lacked in showing affection. When Samuel says " I know you don't you don't love me. The Babadook won't let you. But I love you, Mum. And I always will." It really makes the audience see that that young child sees through his mother's faults but loves her anyways. After Samuel says that, Amelia has a look of realization in her eyes and in that moment, she knew that she loved her son and wanted to make things right. Essie Davis, the actress who plays Amelia, took this scene to another level with the way she was able to change her body language at the right times. The moments she needed to show the venerability of Amelia she or the evil of the Babadook she did. When she had to switch between the two personalities not only did she change the dialogue, but she also changed her entire energy she was giving in the
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