The use of switching from Wide shots to Big close ups in Ghost Stories help to really isolate the characters in the scene. It makes the audience realise the space of the setting and makes the audience expect the horror to come out… but it doesn’t. This is a good example of how misleading expectations can create the horror through suspense. The horror aspect is normally not from the jump scares but more from the expectation from the jump scare. The fact that the audience know something horrific is lurking in the dark of the setting makes this expectation bigger with the Wide shot revealing there is nothing their only adding to the increasing suspense of the scene.
To finish off our analysis of The Dark Knight we did a 750 word essay on the final scene of the film. The essay wasn’t perfect and I had to cut allot of information out to fit it into the word count. I got great feedback on ways that I could improve what I wrote. Next time I write an essay there are several things that I will need to take into account:
Batman does a pretty good job at altering the typical archetype of a superhero.
The Dark Knight trilogy had it’s first part released on June 17th, 2005. The trilogy as a whole displays massive problems in today’s society. One massive event that happened before the films were even written was the September 11 attacks on the world trade centres in America. This was an event that shook people across the world and the event that followed by the government, such as the “War on Terror”, can be seen reflected in The Dark Knight. Using an article and crash course video on the subject (linked at the bottom) I have seen a few similarities of real world events that can be seen echoed in the Dark Knight:
Turner, P., 2013. Dark Knight, Dark Ideas. Media Magazine, April 2013, 37 – 41.
Crash Course. (2014). Terrorism, War, and Bush 43: Crash Course US History #46. [Online Video]. 30 January 2014. Available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlsnnhn3VWE&feature=emb_title. [Accessed: 9 December 2019].
The scene that I analysed in The Dark Knight is the Joker’s downfall, It sees Batman finally capturing the Joker once and for all. The Joker is represented in this scene as victorious. This is communicated heavily by the mise-en-scene and camera techniques. One big technique that communicates this is the roll of the camera 2:46 into the scene. The Joker is hanging upside down and the camera rotates to view him the right way up, communicating to us, the audience, that the Joker has been captured but he still has control over Batman and the people of Gotham. The Joker knows that this is his final moment before he is captured and taken away so he taunts Batman, he influences his mind, his decisions. At 1:42 the light on The Joker flickers as his plan slowly falls apart. Throughout the film he is represented as a criminal mastermind, an unstoppable force that can only be stopped by killing him but in this moment we can see him be stopped by the will of the people which brings his entire plan to ruin. This part teaches Batman that his prejudice of thinking he is the only one that can save Gotham is false as regular people have the power to stop atrocities but it also teaches the Joker that people will face death if it saves others which the Joker has a hard time comprehending because of his lack of self preservation.
The Joker is the perfect villain for Batman, no question, but what makes the perfect villain/antagonist?
These Ideas are what can make a great villain but they don’t always work. For example, a Villain can be great at some of the things on the list but not so great at others and still be amazing. In group superhero movies such as the avengers or justice league, we see the group of superheros typically overwhelmed by sheer power and quantity but not anything that specifically targets their powers.
Freddie Young utilises the rule of thirds to position the character in an important place, while allowing lots of the scenery outside to be shown. There is also a few lead lines, pointing out the character in the plane.
Freddie Young uses lead lines to guide the audience to the front of the train and beyond which is used to show the scenery surrounding the train and the area in which it’s travelling.
Vittorio Storaro places the characters in the thirds of the scene and uses lead lines along the back wall of the scene.He also breaks the rule of thirds to show the main character of the scene on the right.
The Dark Knight shares some similarities with the typical narrative of a superhero film. There is low and high points for the protagonist. The Dark Knight is a superhero film, no question about it, but the way that events are structured and the timeline of the film are quite different. The typical hero’s journey narrative follows are structure or sort of ring. This ring explains the full narrative of the story and how events should be laid out. One event that is completely different in the Dark Knight compared to other hero films and story’s is that the end isn’t happy or good. The Dark Knight ends with Batman becoming outcast and painted as the villain. Typically, the hero’s life would return to normal with a key difference or change. In Dark Knight however, the hero is shunned and disgraced by the villain. In addition, the crisis scene shows how Batman, the ‘hero’, is powerless against the villain. The scene I’m talking about is the boat bomb scene where the passengers on the boat have to blow up one or the other. Batman is completely powerless in the situation as it is up to the passengers to decide who lives or dies. However, some parts of the film are similar. In the approach scene, there is a massive car chase in which the villain is captured, which seems pretty typical for a hero narrative. This shows how while some parts of the film do follow the typical structure, overall The Dark Knight takes a chance and strides to add a little bit of spice into the mix.
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