Gifted Film Review Analysis

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The article has a 25:75 image to text ratio. The image is a screenshot from the film, giving the audience an insight into the narrative of the film. The audience can depict that the characters are in a secluded place and therefore isolated due to the background of a beach with no other person in sight, but are they just isolated physically or emotionally too? Furthermore, this will raise questions about why they have distanced themselves from other people. In the foreground of the image, a young girl is sitting happily on her father figure’s lap, connoting a strong bond between them. Therefore, the audience has immediately gained information about the film, without having to read anything.

The page has three different film review on the page with a bright yellow border around it, ensuring that it captures the reader’s eye. Furthermore, the review itself is written in serif typography making it seem more important and creative, with a two column layout and flush left, breaking up the chunk of text and making it easier for the audience to read. Whereas, the information section is clearly separated from the main body of text using a bold black line, it is written in sans-serif typography, making it seem more informative. Within the section it includes the key details about the film, including: the ‘okay’ star rating, release date, certificate rating, length of film, director, cast and an overall summary of the plot.

The first three words of the article are in capitalisation which the writer has done to intend the reader feel as if they are being shouted at and grabs their attention immediately. The writer first begins to talk about the star in the film, Chris Evans and talks about him being “no stranger to superheroes” and reinforces this with a list of three to establish his previous work, as well as sarcasm to create a sense of humour in the review by stating Chris Evan’s most famous role isn’t recognised and sarcastically says, “and someone called Captain America (no, us neither)”. He then uses the actor’s previous work to create a comparison between his old ‘superhero’ roles and his character Frank who “demonstrates an everyday heroism by raising his niece” and from this the reader can depict that the little girl in the image above is in fact his niece and he is now her father figure following “the suicide of her mother”. Later on, a pun is used due to the double meaning, of the word ‘shield’ in the sentence “wants to shield Mary from a familiar fate” because Chris Evan’s most famous role of Captain America had the iconic shield to protect him, whereas now, Frank is trying to shield his niece from pain and hurt.

The writer reviews the character’s in the film as well as how the actor’s execute them. The reader get’s a clearer insight into the characters, Chris Evan’s character (Frank) “broods a lot”, suggesting that something in his past has affected him immensely whilst Grace’s character (Mary) is the “soulful centre” of the movie due to her “naturalness”. Furthermore, a negative point is stated as the writer believes that one of the character’s is “underused”, conveying that the character being used more would’ve resulted in the audience being able to engage more with “Frank’s love interest” and “Mary’s grade school teacher” and therefore get the audience more attached to the character. The writer also introduces the readers to the “one-dimensional ice queen who could probably reign in Narnia”… Frank’s mother who threatens to destroy Frank and Mary’s peaceful life. By comparing her character to an evil, and very well-known character from the film ‘Narnia’ it gives the reader a very clear insight into her character’s personality, making the reader instantly pass judgement of dislike, without even watching the film due to the biased opinion of the writer.

Later on, the writer also compares the film to ‘Good Will Hunting’ and ‘Kramer vs Kramer’  due to the predictable storyline.  However, the writer gives away a spoiler about the film which the audience wouldn’t have predicted, which resulted in them being in suspense due to “counting down” until the characters “tearfully” get reunited which highlights the audience has built up a strong emotional connection with the character and this is reinforced by the “tear jerking turning saccharine” scene, meaning that it is excessively sweet and sentimental.

Finally, the writer reviews the director and how he has “slipped into obvious pitfalls”, failing to live up to his previous work from ‘The Amazing Spiderman’ and ‘500 Days of Summer’ which highlights to the reader that they may well be disappointed as they know he can do better.

The overall verdict results in the readers most likely going to see the “Warm and heartfelt” story even though it gives away the ending too early and that the audience may be disappointed about the director’s work as in previous films it was ‘better’.

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