“P.S. I Love You”
ENG225: Introduction to Film
Instructor: Sarah Snook
September 7, 2013
“P.S. I Love You”
For this film critique essay I will be writing about the movie P.S. I Love You (2007). This paper will explore the storytelling, the actors as well as how they act in the film. We will explore the cinematography, editing, sound, and the style and directing for this movie. The last few things we will explore are the impact this film had on society (if any), the genre, what is the best way to analyze this film. When all these aspects of the movie are examined we will see how a script comes to life on the big screen.
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) Both Gerard and Hilary did an amazing job in their portrayal of their characters. When you see them on the screen together in this movie you are taken right into the scenes and you feel like you are in the room with them and not actually watching a movie. I feel that this type of acting has to come naturally and the director has very little to do with this.
During the duration of this film natural light and some low light was used. The only time the low light appeared in the film was during the scenes that were shot in a house, a night club, or at night. Natural color gives the movie an authentic look and feel. Even though there are no special effects used in this film, the use of medium shots, with a few close-ups and long shots placed at the right moment also adds to the authenticity of the film. In this film we, the viewer, are given the opportunity to feel as though we are watching each scene unfold right in front of us instead of that distant feeling you get from other films.
An example of this can be seen in the scene called “Can’t Sleep Alone”. This scene starts off with a medium shot of Holly lying in bed with only the light from the television, natural light streaming in through the window, as well as a small lamp on the night stand. As the viewer we are able to relate to this scene because we have all fallen asleep with the television on as well as the lamp on the night stand. With this kind of lighting we, as the viewer, are able to relate to this scene because of the realism that is presented.
For this film the editing used is known as Incongruous Editing. This is when the film jumps from one time period to another. Although this type of editing occurs throughout the film it still had continuity. This means that although the camera shots are changing from one shot to another it still appears that everything it occurring in the same time and same space. In no time during the film does it seem that any of the action was cut out of the scene that would make us, the viewer, say “wait did I miss something” and re-watch the scene to make that we did not miss anything. Finally the rhythm of the film was a normal speed, it did not feel like it went to fast for the viewer to be able to keep up and it was not to slow that the viewers were thinking that this movie is boring.
A great example of this is a scene called “Galway Girl”. This scene takes place in a night club in Ireland, we see Holly standing in the crowd and the man on the stage has dedicated a song to her. When the music starts Holly has a smile on her face, as the song plays on she realizes that she knows it and her smile begins to fade. We then see a close-up of Holly’s face and when the camera pans back to the stage we now see Gerry singing instead of the man who started the scene. These seamless transitions occur throughout the whole movie and give us the back story of Holly and Gerry without making us, the...