Jerry Maguire – Film Critique
ENG225: Introduction to Film
Instructor Daniel Burrello
February 9, 2015
Jerry Maguire – Film Critique
It takes several people to make a movie, from the Actors to the Directors, Writers and Producers, and to the Production Company, all of which are equally important to making a movie successful. There is a mixture of technical skills, while building strong relationships with trust, and following the personal vision of the director who serves as a master facilitator in editing and on the set. All of these people help the director to form the story in the film. A countless amount of time is put into a film’s analysis which observes the ...view middle of the document...
When a director works together with their leader in photography, it is a crucial element in how a movie will turn out, they need to establish a good working relationship with the cinematographer so they can make sure the films experience is successful (Nicolson, 2010). While having all of the sophisticated editing equipment can possibly save a film, if these people cannot work together in the first place, the film in theory has the potential to be a flop.
The character of Jerry Maguire was developed by Crowe (1996) who states:
The story that emerged was of a man trapped in a cynical world who, at age 35, after writing an idealistic manifesto for his company, loses his power and is forced to search for real success. Throughout the story, Jerry hears the voice of the original sports agent, his mentor, a fictional character named Dicky Fox. From the earliest moment, I knew whom I wanted to play Dicky Fox. It had to be Billy Wilder (para 6).
Jerry Maguire was released in 1996, and this blockbuster hit was filled with love, loyalty, and romanticism, and with each of these three principles it represents the theme in this movie. This films genre is based on sports drama, comedy, and romance, and the method and style used in this film allows the audience to connect and relate to the storyline, it has imagination and sound, and with this form of editing it has a greater influence over the viewer (Crogan, 2013). The sport genre setting is based on a football player Rod Tidwell and Jerry Maguire’s career as a sports agent. Typically in sports films they have a minor plot that builds up to a significant event, they are also known for building up anticipation or intensity of that scene. The romance in this movie is light-hearted and dramatic that is centered on love and the perfect couple. Romantic comedy films are typically a sub-genre, which in this case is secondary to sports. The cinematography is included in each frame of this movie, and it captures the characters feelings as it portrays the understanding of the plot. When evaluating the cinematography in this film it gives style that fits the storyline and theme of a movie (Nicholson, 2010). Oscar-nominated Tom Cruise puts on a great performance in this movie as the main character Jerry Maguire. He is a sports agent at Sports Management International (SMI), and is unquestionably the master of the world in his eyes. Jerry is a zealous and prosperous sports management agent with clients who respect him. Cuba Gooding Jr.'s performance as Rod Tidwell was outstanding, as he provided the original catch phrase "Show me the money”! (Crowe, 1996). He is a wide receiver whose egoism and arrogance has gotten in the way of reaching his potential as a talented NFL player, he is also the only client who continues to trust in Jerry and keeps him as his sports agent. Dorothy Boyd, who is played by Renee Zellweger, is a single mother with a secret crush on Jerry Maguire. When Jerry loses his job at SMI Dorothy...