Movie Analysis of “Senior Year” Essay
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The use of Color effects in the film “Senior Year” was evident. The lighting was natural, it looked like no effects and/or color corrections were used when editing the film. The skin tones of the characters/actors were natural and were not pale. It was just right. I observed that the characters’ mood had something to do with the lighting. Whenever they’re happy, the lighting looks bright and warm and in times of despair or whenever they’re having serious talks and topics, the lighting seems to be dark and cold.
The shot distances that were used in the film was Bird’s eye view and medium long shot. Bird’s eye view was used to tell to the viewers that the character is looking directly at someone from a high point of view, for example, the scene where Chito and Mitch were talking if they will miss someone after graduation. The medium shot was used in the film to get the conversation of two people or a group of people, for example, the conversations of Henry and his teacher about his graduation speech. The space in the movie was utilized. The spaces in the film were utilized properly and the characters can move freely and sometimes they are just limited in a specific area. The costumes of the characters were used accurately. The film was about what it’s like to be in a senior year and filming took place in a school so all the characters were wearing their school uniform. The teachers all had the same uniform too. When the characters were outside of their school, they were wearing different costumes which makes the film believable. Costumes make the viewers identify what character is that person portraying, for example, when the viewers can see school uniform then they will identify that person as a student or a teacher.
Inclining with dramatic component, the film started with Henry Dalmacio the valedictorian of their batch in high school wherein he was about to attend the reunion of their batch but then he stopped for a while in his car and remembering his memories in the past. He still got nervous because he might disappoint his friends because he cannot remember some of them. The music supported the mood of the movie because the timing was accurate and it was not that distracting. The background music was also a big help for them because it matches the mood and the atmosphere of the scenes. Example of this is when the students lost in their game in intramurals because they were sad, the background music was slow and obviously, it was a sad music and it really matches the scene. Overall, I think the film had a good flow. Although certain shots were a bit shaky, the shots were used in a unique way to tell the story, the framing was not too narrow, and the editing was also clean and consistent. I noticed the stereotyping of characters immediately. They were portrayed excellently, the actors definitely gave justice to the characters they were portraying. I liked how the director told the story because the film is about the senior year of the characters and as they talk and reminisce about their experience in high school, the scenes are also flashing back. The pace of the story was fast enough to show the different stories of each character. Jerrold Tarog has unique ways to express scenes to the viewers that is one reason he cannot be compared to other directors. The storytelling was straightforward because it gives curiousness to the viewers left them thinking what will happen next. The conversations were believable because it actually happens in our real world.
Moving to the literary component, the story was told with flashbacks because the characters were remembering their high school memories. The setting was realistic and natural which made the story believable to the viewers. The story of Briggs and Bridget is one of the intense stories in the movie because when Bridget discovered that Briggs is cheating and that was the start where the two had a bad blood. The film entails all four classic divisions. During the start of the film, person vs self-was seen in the present Henry as he tries to give himself the reason to get out of the car. In the middle of the film, person vs society problems started to arise; such as Carlo being bullied for being gay. The film’s climax was then sprinkled in by a lot of person vs person conflicts – like Briggs and Bridget breaking up, and two varsity players having a confrontation and Carlo coming in between. Finally, at the film’s denouement, Jackie faces a person vs nature conflict when her home environment finally collapses and she couldn’t even attend her graduation. The whole story focuses on the events during the senior year and there is stability in the flow of the story. Some of the symbols used for example is the father of Bunda who is addicted to drugs. Bunda and her mother were abused by her father. On the other hand is a family that is engaged in a religious lifestyle but in some instances, their daughter Stephanie fell in love in a woman being a lesbian and this is against the law of God.
Lastly, the movie has a smooth storyline, and the twists were somewhat predictable, but you still get surprised by them as the story unfolds. The comment of the movie about being human is that Humans is not perfect, sometimes they commit mistakes, sometimes they forget and sometimes they are bad at doing something. There is no age limit for people to want progress, starting from themselves. And that as long as there is life, there is an opportunity to change. The central goal of this movie is that to show the people the beauty of their past. The people will also miss their high school moments when watching this movie because the movie is all about high school life. The movie was made to entertain, educate, and bring awareness to issues. Issues like in relationships, nevertheless it gives lessons somehow related to relationships. I really like the ending of the movie because the effect of the decision-making they took way back in their high school years took place towards the ending. The movie ended in a deconstructive way because Bunda was there in their reunion wearing the toga. Why is that? Was it a ghost? Was it a shadow? It feels good because it makes me use my imagination.