Final Film Critique: Light it up, 1998
ENG 225: Introduction to Film
Instructor: Jenessa Gerling
January 21, 2013
Final Film Critique
A critic is one who should educate others what the meaning of a film is so viewers can form their own educated opinion about it. Koontz & Jacobs, 2011 states “the local critic should be part of a community discussion, not as the final word on the matter, but merely a starting point” (Koontz & Jacobs, 2011). This critique will discuss the movie Light it up and how this movie is a reflection of problems faced by youth in American society at the turn of the 21st Century.
Light it up takes place in the late 90’s in New York City. The ...view middle of the document...
As well as being singled out and deemed not worthy by their community. Not only do the students deal with school issues, they also have a lot of home issues that get brought along with them to school.
After the firing of one of the few decent teachers left teaching in the school, he was deemed by the students as the best teacher at the school the students began to protest. The protest was followed by the suspension of three of the main characters. Ziggy, one of the characters that have just been suspended is confronted by the officer, whom has been placed in the school to keep the peace between students. Ziggy pleads with the officer to let him go, not to call his home, so he wouldn’t have to deal with the wrath of his father. A scuffle breaks out between the cop and Ziggy a few of the other students intervene, leading the cop to shooting himself in the leg. At this point Ziggy grabs the gun and a hostile takeover of the inner city school follows by the six main characters. They force everyone out except the school officer whom they’ve taken hostage in the hopes that their demands might be met.
The events in the film are presented chronologically. During a chronological presentation film foreshadowing can be used with keys that make you guess about an outcome in the future without telling directly what the next scene is, in a sense “beating around the bush”. In chronological order you will grow with the character where as in a leniar order you view a finished product of the character and then learn the mysteries surrounding the character or characters that brought them to their finished product. This film does a great job of allowing you to grow and develop feelings for the characters. It shows the viewer the hardships that these kids face every day and the struggles they must overcome just to try and get an education, something that many people take for granted this day in age.
The mood of the movie is suspenseful, you know what is happening is wrong but you want them to succeed with their goals even if they are going about it in the wrong way. Taking a school hostage especially this day in age is something that is looked down on greatly. On the other hand the viewer knows the back story to the whole ordeal, one that shows these kids just want to have their voices heard. In their community there really is no other way that they feel that they will have their voices heard let alone listened to. Although it was not their first choice on how to have their voices heard it is the situation that has arose and they all plan to take full advantage of it and tell their story.
There is also a very sad mood set to this film. While watching it the viewer is in disbelief that this is something that is really taking place in the American school system. Those children would or could be pushed that far just to try and get some real text books and a class room free of leaks and drafts from broken windows. Sadly this is something that more and more...