A Lesson in Analyzing 2
A Lesson in Analyzing Films
Analyzing films may not be high on everyone’s priority list when viewing a
movie, however, we all engage in some form of analytical discussion after viewing a film
that roused in us a special connection or left us hanging with questions.
We end up
asking ourselves and those around us questions or make exclamations like: Is that all?
What just happened?
Did you see that?
Wow, what a great movie!
We will start by exploring the topic what films are and why it is important to analyze
While exploring the lessons of analyzing films we will work our way to answering
the questions stated previously, by learning how to find and interpret the “meaning” of a
film; and lastly, this author’s personal criteria for evaluating a film.
A film or as they are sometimes called, movie, is another form of storytelling that
is “presenting its stories in dramatic form” (Boggs & Petrie, 2008, p. 41), like novels and
short stories, films can take us away to another land or another life beyond our own.
According to Boggs & Petrie, “film should not be ignored because studying it requires
And the fact that we do not generally read films does not mean we should
ignore the principles of literary or dramatic analysis when we see a film” (2008, p. 41).
They were created to put in visual form a creative process in living color, with sound, and
real people from the written word for the purpose of our entertainment, knowledge,
The emotions that one would feel when reading a book, short
story, or articles, are the same one’s that you would find in a movie.
Films can make you
laugh, cry, frighten you, and can surprise or disappoint the same as any book or story.