A film analysis and critique essay invites you to respond to a film and will likely be your first exposure to the film that will drive your research projects for the rest of the semester. Your task as analyst and critic is to isolate one theme (a message or lesson) from the movie and discuss how the film explores and portrays that theme. You will analyze how the creator uses the parts of the film (such as dialogue, characterization, setting, imagery, etc.) in conjunction with rhetorical strategies (ethos, pathos, logos, and Kairos) to deliver their message. Once you have completed your analysis, you will then comment on the effectiveness of the film; did it do a good job portraying the message (theme) of the creator? What was good about the film? What could have been improved, removed, or added to enhance the film? When you write your critique, do not use the first person; maintain the third person voice but be subjective.
For this assignment, you must choose one of the approved films listed above to watch outside of class and to write your essay on. Talk to your classmates—if several of you want to write about the same film, try planning a ‘movie night’ to watch together.
As you watch the film, make sure you take careful notes. One time viewing it will probably not be enough for a thorough analysis and critique; you may have to stop and re-watch part or all of the film. You may also wish to remind yourself of certain parts of the film by reading about it on Wikipedia or imdb.com; if you use outside sources, be sure to cite and document them correctly in your essay.
Your essay will provide a brief summary of the film [at most one paragraph], have a solid thesis statement arguing how the creator delivers their message (theme), support the thesis with evidence drawn from the film itself, provide a thoughtful critique of the film, and ruminate on how the film is significant. Why is this film important to society?
The OWL at Purdue University says that when you write an analysis “you are essentially making an argument. You are arguing that your perspective—an interpretation, an evaluative judgment, or a critical evaluation—is a valid one.” While writing, be mindful of the roles the basic rhetorical situations of purpose, audience, genre, and stance play in your essay.
right with open arms, suggesting confidence and self-control, (Underman Boggs 2011). This is mirrored by the patient, promoting a comfortable atmosphere and allowing the patient to disclose information about their health. Healthcare professionals should consider nonverbal cues expressed by their patients as a way of identifying emotions. For example a ‘slumped, head down posture might indicate low self-esteem’ states Underman Boggs, (2011, p.104). Equally, distances between communicators act as nonverbal messages but what is deemed socially acceptable varies between cultures. In the video the distance is continuously maintained at an equal level which erases perceptions of a power relationship, (Kraszewski and McEwen, 2010). However, in practice the proxemics between the nurse and patient are often broken, such as when giving physical care. In turn, patients of all cultures could misinterpret the actions of care, (Underman Boggs, 2011). Similarly, this relates back to gestures in that different hand movements and signs could be received in offence by other cultures, (Royal Collage of Nursing (RCN) 2004). Therefore, healthcare professionals should have an understanding of cultural diversity and value the differences, otherwise known as ‘respectful curiosity’, (Giger et al., 2007). Furthermore, the use of direct eye contact throughout the ‘Persuasion’ video creates a feeling of credibility and confidence in the speaker which is reinforced by Underman Boggs (2011, p.104) who states that ‘maintaining eye contact communicates honesty’. This therefore enables the patient to trust the speaker in the advice given on lowering sugar intake and strengthens the positive therapeutic relationship that has been identified. However, personal use of this communication in practice can be misjudged and for some cultures prolonged eye contact communicates aggression, (Sellman and Snelling, 2010). Similarly, barriers occur when communicating with patients who have sensory learning disabilities and those on the autistic spectrum who are inclined to avoid eye contact. Research carried out by Phoebe Caldwell (2010) has suggested that the observation and replication of body language, including vocal behaviour, can be used to initiate meaningful conversations, otherwise known as ‘Intensive Interaction’. As the interactions develop they supp>GET ANSWER