Deconda Johnson-Eng225 Film Critique Draft 1

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RUNNING HEAD: : LOSING ISAIAH FILM ANALYSIS 1 LOSING ISAIAH FILM ANALYSIS Deconda Johnson-Smith ENG 225 Instructor Paul Wiltz May 09, 2011 LOSING ISAIAH FILM ANALYSIS
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LOSING ISAIAH 2 The heart wrenching 1995 film Losing Isaiah is a well-directed well-acted film. This film abstains from taking sides between two socio-economically and racially different women. However, the director created this film by using elements and actors that allow the viewer to see both sides of the spectrum equally through the eyes of Kahila Richards played by Halle Berry and Margaret Lewin played by Jessica Lange. Each character’s role ties this drama together in a relatable manner through their acting. The directors’ style and incorporation of each actors role, cinematography, sound, and editing techniques evoke and abundance of emotions from viewers, and the societal impact is realized through the authentic nature of which the film is presented as the compelling story unpredictably unravels. Losing Isaiah was originally written as a novel by Seth Margolis. The novel was turned into a film by “Stephen Gyllenhaal and Naomi Foner, the director and screenwriter” who collaborated to tell the story we see. The director and screenwriter were successful at not only telling the story, “but also making the audience care about the story by giving the story meaning” (). They set out to do this by creating a protagonist and antagonist. The protagonist role is played by Kahila Richards who is an African-American crack addicted women who abandons her newborn son in the first scene of the film. The antagonist role is played by Margaret Lewin a Caucasian social worker in a hospital in Chicago who wants to adopt Kahila’s child after he is found. These two character’s provided the conflict and allowed the story to be viewed and followed in chronological order of what is happening on both sides through their eyes. Both characters’ take the viewer on an emotional roller-coaster and it’s hard to choose a side which draws you in to the events that follow throughout the film. The main character Kahila shows vulnerability, weakness, and courage. Although well- known actress Halle Berry is obviously not a crack addict living in the streets of Chicago the
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LOSING ISAIAH 3 real-life feel that she brings to the film easily allows us to see passed who she really is and see her as the character she portrays in the story. The abandonment of her newborn baby boy in exchange for her crack addiction as early as the first scene of the movie makes most viewers cringe and want to hate the character of Kahila. However, through further development and progression of the story we come to embrace her as we are taken on the journey of her recovery and fight for her son. The character of Margaret Lewin played by Jessica Lange is nothing short of realistic as well. Initially she comes off as a heartless, rude, and unpleasant individual in her profession. We quickly realize that she is all but what her character is shown to be in the first few
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