Film Critique of Mongol
The composition of this paper will concentrate on the purpose of making a critique of the film entitled “Mongol.” Hence, this will focus to an in-depth analysis of the film and would work to analyze the following sociological concepts that have been depicted in the movie.
Moreover, this critique paper is set to provide a clear analysis with the way various sociological concepts have been depicted. As such, all the sociological critiques would be rendered with the use of specific scenes and parts that are presented in the movie. Nonetheless, this paper holds on to its purpose in providing sociological analysis as to how these concepts are depicted and should be depicted.
The following will discuss:
A Brief Background: Mongol
Summary of the Movie
Critiques on Sociological Concepts
At the end of the paper, it intends to provide a clear analysis or critique about the different sociological concepts that can be seen in the story line of the movie.
The movie that is entitled “Mongol” is a semi-historical film directed by a talented Russian movie-director and an Academy Award Nominee named Sergei Bodrov. The “Mongol” has been released in the year 1997 that tells about the story of the young “Genghis Khan” and his life. At first, the film is planned to be released as the first ever trilogy that tells about the tale of Temüjin’s or the Genghis Khan’s life.
Moreover, the movie’s worldwide screening has taken into place on the 31st day of July 2007 and is internationally co-produced by different movie companies in countries like Kazakhstan, Germany, Russia and Mongolia. In a sense, it can be said that the shooting days for the movie has been very laborious wherein the locations for the Shooting have taken place in various Asian countries such as the People’s Republic of China where most of the parts in the movie are taken, which is in Inner Mongolia, (specifically the Mongol autonomous region) and in Kazakhstan.
In this regard, the processes of the shootings for the movie have also been a long road of hard work wherein the shooting days have lasted for more than a year that have started in September of the year 2005 and ended in the year 2006 in the month of November. Nonetheless, the effort of the people behind the scenes and the artist in the movie are all worthy as the production of the film has been considered a success which has been part of the Academy Award nominations in the year 2007 for Best Foreign Language Film as a submission from Kazakhstan.
Certainly, the released of the film “Mongol” in the Western Countries last June of 2008 is considered to be a splendid success wherein the movie has a significant amount of positive reviews and honourable recognition coming from various movie critics in different states. As such, the film has received a both positive review from the “Rottentomatoes” website with an 88% rating of “Certified Fresh” (“Mongol – 2008,” n.d.) and a 74 out of 100 approval rating in the Metacritic (“Mongol,” n.d.).
However, apart from the positive feedback and warmth of acceptance in the movie “Mongol,” the film has also collected various negative responses from the people or the public viewers and among the other movie critic. More specifically, most of the negative comments of foreign movie critics tell about the acting capabilities of the movie artists that have played a role in the movie.
Nonetheless, the film Mongol enlightens the life and legend of Genghis Khan that is based in the primary records. In addition to this, the movie tells about the dramatic and distressing early years of the great leader Genghis Khan that has been born as Temujin in 1162.
Likewise, the Mongol has clearly stated the existence of Temujin (Genghis Khan) from the stage of his dangerous childhood up to the epic battle that has potted his destiny as a great leader for the people. The film draws a diverse picture and different notions with regard to the upcoming potential of Temujin as a conqueror in which the movie has presented the great leader not as an evil element of the ancient stereotype but rather as an inspirational and courageous thinker, which are the qualities of a great leader.
As such, it can be seen that the movie Mongol is depicted as a true journey in the creation of an amazing man and its foundation of which his greatness is accordingly rooted in his relationship with the family, most trusted advisor and with his people.
Synopsis of the Movie
The movie has started when the nine years old “Temüjin” who has been chosen to go on a journey with his father to be able to search for a girl that he truly loves and be his future wife. In the process, he gets to meet Börte who voluntarily offers her self and says that she would like to be chosen by “Temujin,” in which he does. Genghis Khan made an oath with her and said that he will come back after five years to marry Börte.
On the way back home, Temüjin’s father has been poisoned and dies. Hence, Temujin in his childhood days has been through different difficulties in which he has experienced humiliations, starvation, and slavery. With the help of Börte, Temujin is able to overcome such hardships and all of the misfortunes of his childhood that later pushed him to became one of the greatest conquerors the world has ever known.
However, the success of Genghis Khan as a courageous, visionary and effective leader of his empire is seen to be of a long journey which entails various adversities and challenges that have made him become tougher as a man, as a father and as a great leader. This includes, being defeated in a battle for several times, being captured and imprisoned for a long period of time and even facing a near death experience from the hands of their rival tribes in an assault that has resulted to the abduction of his wife.
With all of this, it can be said that each and every scene in the movie is set in order to render a clear rationale with regard to the characteristics and challenges that have shaped a great leader like Genghis Khan.
Moreover, just like any other motion pictures that have been produced and released in the international market, the movie Mongol has also experienced difficulties and hardships in the process of its production. According to an interview from the director of the movie, one of the tangible difficulties of the film is the lack of reliable ancient records of the Mongol History. As such, he said that his inspiration for the film has originated from the “The Secret History of the Mongols” that is equipped with his profound notion and imaginations in light of the characteristics of Genghis Khan that have accordingly helped him to complete the story.
In addition to this, one of the evident challenges of the film is the issue with regard to the budget or financial resources of the production in which the film only has $20million. For an epic history story like the “Mongol,” financial resources are critical in which this dictates the flow and operation of the entire production.
Critiques on Sociological Concepts
In the movie, it is evident that there have been various sociological concepts that have been depicted in the story and have been very critical to the completion of the movie and the climax of the story. Hence, in the flow of the movie’s story, it can be said that sociological concepts such as racial or ethnic groups, gender and stratification are evidently presented and depicted in the movie wherein the film has drawn a definite and concealed representation of these concepts.
With the fact that the story of the movie tells about the course and journey of building an empire and the empowerment of a specific tribe, the film has represented the sociological concept of ethnic group as relatively the same to what have been established in the past histories of various group of people. As such, it is seen that there is a great identical notion with regard to the behaviour of the tribes that have been evident and presented in the story of the movie and other tribal groups from other lines of history.
Firstly, the tribes in the movie Mongol are depicted or represented as a group of like-minded people wherein each and every member of the specific tribe is united in striving to achieve a common goal that is based in the belief of the entire group and for the betterment of their people. For instance, the specific scene in the movie such as the battle between the two different tribes is indeed an evident representation of the unity among the tribes coming from the both ends of the battle. Certainly, each group of common people is more likely open to risk their lives for the betterment of their loved ones and the entire group.
In addition to this, it is admissible that specific tribes in the movie are depicted or presented in an evident approach that is driven by the power and the strength of the arm forces wherein the weak tribe is commonly cited as outnumbered and fragile in both weaponry and strategy in the battlefield.
Likewise, battle scenes in which the antagonist tribe is equipped with horses and other tougher weaponry such as swords and long bows with full battle gear, while the protagonist tribe and the people of Genghis Khan have nothing but blades without any shield or even appropriate battle suit is a clear depiction of the distribution of power and majority among the tribes that have been presented in the movie. Particularly, it can be said that the frail is more likely to face death and their destiny in the battle field within such notion of disparity among the ethnic groups in the movie.
However, in the latter part of the story and prior to the climax of the movie, it is seen that despite the inequality among the tribes in the film, the last battle scene which has occurred late in the afternoon is seen to be a picture of fairness and equality among antagonist and the protagonist tribes wherein both groups evenly fought in terms of the numbers of warriors, weapons and resources that are to be utilized in their battle.
Likewise, the climax of the latter battle scenes in the film is indeed a depiction of the real distribution of powers and superiority between the rival tribes wherein the weak are separated from the brave and majority of the victory are given among the courageous and deserving which is revealed to be the tribe of Genghis Khan.
Gender, on the other hand, is one of the above listed sociological concepts that has been associated and accordingly identified in the movie. Right from the start of the movie, it can be noticed that there is a concealed representation of the differentiation between the two gender (Male and Female) wherein the early part of the of the film tells about the majority or superiority of male among the female that Genghis Khan (Temujin) is given the chance to choose a woman of his choice to become his lovely wife in the future regardless of the choice and feelings of the female. In here, it can be seen that male has more authority to choose who to love and be their spouse, while the women are seen to be the choices and selection from which the men could choose without any of the equal power or authority to decide for themselves with that of the male.
In the flow of the story, the evident revelations of the discrepancy between the female and the male is clearly depicted in the scenes wherein the females are physically and emotionally abused by the males coming from the two sides of the tribe. In addition to this, the inexistence of the females in the battle field is indeed of the most evident depiction of the superiority of the males and the weakness of the females as the women are commonly left behind to take care of their children and get away with the trouble.
However, throughout the story of the movie, it can be said that females are depicted as strong and brave in a concealed approach in the existence and the role of “Borte” (the wife of Genghis Khan). In the tale, Borte is depicted as a sturdy women wherein despite the fact that she and her husband have been through various challenges and difficulties, she stayed as composed as Genghis Khan and has stayed in the side of her husband through ups and downs. As such, she even surpasses the misfortune of being abducted by the rival tribe in exchange of saving the life of Genghis Khan. Certainly, it can be said that there have been a balance with regard to the representation of the two different genders wherein Borte is the concealed depiction of a strong woman that have supported his man throughout his journey towards being a great leader.
Moreover, the sociological concept of prejudice is indeed seen to be illustrated in the story line of the movie. With the thoughts that the story of the movie is filled with various injustices and discrimination, the sociological concept of prejudice is present and can be seen within its progress. Specifically, the act of prejudice is evidently seen in the parts of the movie where the rival tribes are attacking the innocent people without any hesitation of killing and putting the other races in great sufferings. In addition to this, the practice of abduction of innocent people done by the antagonist tribe is indeed among the evident acts of prejudice wherein these people are put into grief, pain, and sufferings despite the fact that they do not deserve such treatment or injustice.
Moreover, the discrepancies in the battlefield are seen to be one of the obscured representations of acts of prejudice wherein the outnumbered group of people are easily killed and executed through the hands of their rival tribe. Hence, it can also be said that the imprisonment of Genghis Khan and other people in the story without the due process, in respect of the specific era, is seen to be of the masked portrayal of acts of injustice.
In the end, with the above written facts and information about the movie “Mongol,” it can be stated that the movie is set to provide a clear rationale and representation as to how the great leadership of Genghis Khan in Mongolia has been shaped by means of his difficulties and challenges in life.
Nonetheless, the film is indeed essential with that of the social relevance wherein the story of the film entails various incorporation and representation of different sociological concepts which provides a truthful rationalization with regard to the ancient history of the Mongolia, more especially of the Mongol Empire that is popular as the largest proximate empire in the history that is founded by no other than the great emperor “Genghis Khan”. Thus, the film is truly renowned to be informative in both history of Mongolia and social ideas.
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Mongol 2008. (n.d.). Retrieved November 4, 2008, from http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/10006312-mongol/#