Wats the movie really about?whats the theme? How do the filmmakers tell their story thatâ€™s different from how you might expect? Are there patterns that you notice? When you notice a pattern, a repeated element, it usually means the filmmaker is using that repetition as a way to reinforce a particular theme. Use these observations to arrive at a thesis: â€œThe film is really about…â€
Once youâ€™ve got a thesis, support your claim with the visual and aural elements of the film. You should describe the scenes in some detail and explain how that scene and the elements of it reinforce your idea about the theme.
Itâ€™s always helpful to watch a film more than once, but because of time constraints, we canâ€™t do that (although if you feel it would be helpful, feel free to watch it again at home).
Movie: American splendor (2003)
Your essay should have:
Introduction with your thesis
A brief summary of the film (including directorâ€™s name and the year it was releasedâ€”2003) Your claim with support
Conclusion American splendor