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Film Critique Essay

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She-Devil
Introduction to Film

She-Devil
“I’ve worked so hard for! You’re bad mother, a lousy wife, a terrible cook! In fact, have you looked in a *mirror* recently?! I don’t even know you’re a woman. You know what you are? You’re a She-Devil!” I’m sure there many women how have seen She-Devil starring Rosanne Barr as Ruth Patchett, Ed Begley Jr. as Bob Pactchett and Meryl Streep as Mary Fisher said, “That couldn’t have been me.” The screenplay for the 1989 movie was written by Susan Seidelman, based on a novel by Fay Weldon. She-Devil tells the story of “a cunning and resourceful housewife vows revenge on her husband when he begins an affair with a wealthy romance novelist.” According ...view middle of the document...

The purpose of this critique is analyzing the direction (how the director chooses to portray/explain the movie), cinematography (what techniques were used to film the movie i.e. setting and background elements), writing (evaluating the script including the dialogue) editing (how did the film flow scene to scene? was is it smooth?) and sound (how does it contribute to the film?)
Storytelling and Acting
Storytelling for this film was both empathy and raised a little conflict. The director of this film wanted the audience to relate to the woman that is in a trouble marriage and needed help getting out the “smart” way. The conflict was raised men may feel that nothing is wrong with cheating if you don’t get caught. In the film, Ruth is the main character and the character that are considered the hero while Bob and Mary are the antagonist they are considered the villains. With that said the audience has empathy for Ruth because she was a great wife just not that attracted and her husband wanted/needed more. The audience could raise conflict and feel that Bob had valuable points for doing what he did. Mary was just as erroneous to especially for inciting Bob. Even though this movie is PG-13 the symbolism was sexual which is normally in R-rated movies. The sexual act wasn’t shown per say, but there was the content. The three main characters are very different types of actors. Mary played by Meryl Streep. She is an impersonator and a wild card actor. She has several Oscar nominations and won two. For this film, she was nominated yet again. She impersonated a rich and lonely book writer very well. She wanted a husband bad and was ready and willing to take any bodies. Ruth played by Roseanne, she is a character actor, but she impersonated a lousy housewife. She has played in numerous movies and sitcoms as a housewife like her hit sitcom Roseanne.
Cinematography
The cinematographer did a fantastic job with props and the use of blocking. However, when Ruth blows down the house and began walking away from it. It doesn’t look realistic it looks as if it’s a backdrop of some sort and there is a kind of outline of her body. Another would be the shots the film was taken in. Throughout the majority of the movie, there were extreme close-up, close-up and medium close-up shots. The only time there was a long or extreme close-up when it was a sexual or partial nudity scene. He or she also used several different kinds of lighting to conduct this film. The lighting throughout the movie was high-key lighting. Even outside in the sun, it produced a shadow that was very minimal. Since there were just so many, shots outside, they have the use of natural light both day and night. Even during the sex scenes they were very bright, which are expected to little to no lighting to produce a romantic feel. Goodykoontz & Jacob (2011) stated, “Three-point lighting the style of lighting that has made both professional photographic portraits and Hollywood films stand out...

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