Finding Forrester is one of the best movies to come out during its time. It was focused on the story of boy who is looking for a role model and finding it in the most unexpected place and the most unexpected person. The movie tells about the journey not just of Jamal Wallace but also of the journey of William Forrester especially during the last few years of his life. It was a story that presented life in its beginning and its ending and how the two are intertwined. Wallace’s life was just beginning while Forrester’s was ending.
Somehow, they bumped into each other and stood side by side during a particular time wherein the crossroads they both have to face on their own seem to be found in one plateau, where they met, interacted and parted during Forrester’s death. Finding Forrester was a movie that was positively reviewed and was strongly commended for many of its aspects. This paper will analyse and discuss these aspects that contribute to how Finding Forrester became a movie of wide and critical acclaim. Critiquing the movie There are many aspects that should be assessed in the process of critiquing the movie Finding Forrester.
This includes the evaluation of the cinematography, screen writing, art direction, acting, makeup and costume, sound and theme. Evaluating the Cinematography One of the strong points of the movie is its excellent cinematography. The movie features a good balance of wide panoramic shots and tight shots that magnifies the situation the lead character and the other characters are in and provides the material symbolisms and visual cues that remind the audience about the characteristics of the lives of the people in the story.
Director Gus Van Sant effectively used cinematography styles and approaches to communicate emotion, to help the audience look broadly or look particularly close to guide them as the story moved along. The cinematography was able to capture the essence of the story as well as the ethos of each particular scene in connection to the possible real life scenario as how the audience could have imagined it happening. The cinematography assists in developing the character Jamal Wallace as he evolved, and should be commended for being responsible for making sure that he movie is visually entertaining and engrossing, not to mention being artful. The differences and similarities and parallels between Jamal Wallace and Forrester are represented as the screen features many different shots of Manhattan as well as Brooklyn and Bronx. Screen writing The movie Finding Forrester is well written. The movie build-up and how it happens in the course of the movie allows it to effectively communicate the emotions and realizations that it wants to send and give the audience. The dialogues of the characters, from Sean Connery to Rob Brown suited well to the story, setting and to the characters.
It was enjoyable to listen to the two lead characters talk and converse with one another, and how the story between the two of them unfolded is really very poignant. The writer should be commended for effectively plotting the issues that will plague Wallace and Forrester, and how their paths will cross which will eventually lead to a particular resolution of the conflicts because of the role of the other in the other person’s life. Some of the concepts like death of the friend and sharing too little time are passe and have been used extensively for dramatic movies to strengthen the feeling of emotional sadness and the feeling of loss.
How the movie was written put it in such a way that it was not hard sell drama. The twists presented were something that was not strongly anticipated. The writer led the audience to be lost in the cravings and fiery youth of Wallace and the subtle genius that is Forrester waiting for a chance to re-enter the society one last time. Art Direction Art direction was average and normal in the sense that it did not presented any breakthrough in art direction. It followed the common practice in art direction at that time and in comparison to other similar movies made during the same year or era.
The movie was dependent on the story line itself and not on visual effects. The story is about an individual’s experience bereft of any sci-fi or hard action scenes that did not necessitate the need for more complex and demanding art direction. Posters and other teasers released for the film often comes in the warm colors of brown, yellow and something akin to sepia tone which is very warm and compliments the warmth on the face and character of Sean Connery. The art direction also settled for easily readable typography. Photography captured the softness in the physical haracteristics of Connery and Brown and transforms it as visual cue for the audience to lead them towards feeling the unexpected emotional bond that these two men will share in the story. Acting As one of Sean Connery’s dramatic movies that earned many positive remarks from critics, Finding Forrester can be judged acting-wise as a movie that reflects the emotional acting style of both Connery and Brown. As usual, Connery brings to the table his father-like demeanor that enhanced his acting, while Brown was effective in playing the student who looks for an idol to look up to, and finding it in Connery’s character in the movie.
Connery was effective in acting out the recluse, solitary literary genius and was able to communicate to the audience through his acting the changes in his emotional state but not allowing the audience to guess into the future of the characters as the movie progress. Brown was excellent in delivering the image of the confused talented young man who is in the pursuit of finding what he wants. He portrayed a young man who is in the process of true education to compensate for the limitations of the traditional learning process.
He is not an individual with mediocre intelligence but a genius who is set to learn the most important lessons of his life by sharing a few years of his life with Forrester (Jet 49). Vant Sant even commended Brown’s acting, describing it as “handling himself so beautifully (Jet 49). ” Makeup and Costume Like art direction, make-up and costume simply suited to the movie’s requirements. This is because the demand for make up and costume is not overly demanding considering the fact that the story takes place in the modern contemporary era and the individuals are not hard to dress.
The story also moves inside a short period of time and does not necessitate the need to make the actors age drastically through make up and costume. The evaluation on make up and costume is something that reveals an undertaking that it not extraordinary and hard, considering the skill of the professionals employed for this particular aspect of the movie. Of course, there was effort to make Connery look different from his other characters in past movies because it is important that Connery is seen in Finding Forrester as Forrester and not the other characters in his past movies ecause this is distracting. Sound The sound was excellently done. Dubbing produced clearly audible lines. Sound effects are sufficient and enough for what is necessary. The soundtrack contributed to the dramatic and emotional nature of the movie from its apex all the way towards the conclusion of the film. It assists the viewers towards a certain feeling and assisting the viewers to feel a particular emotion with the help of the soundtrack employed in the film. Theme
The mentor-student theme that Connery and Brown shared in the story (Jet 16); the theme of leaving a legacy and imparting an important life lesson before death; the theme of a man angry against life and the death sentence brought about by health problems transformed by the entry of another individual in his life. These are different themes popular in emotional and dramatic movies in the past and were used in many different movies even before Finding Forrester was created. These themes are nonetheless effective.
In this movie, the director was able to put everything together and narrate a simple story about a genius who was made mortal again by his ailment and was given a second shot at enjoying life because of a stranger (Callard-Szulgit 26). This is not to mention impacting real life since many teachers look at Finding Forrester not just a guide to teaching dynamics but also as a story of inspiration (Moeller 175). The themes of paternal love, a father’s love to his son, the desire of the son for a fatherly figure, education and a sense of direction, academics over athletics are all very good themes that the story built on.
These possess the ideal values that the movie creators wanted to impart to the movie goers. The themes of the movie all in all are commendable. Even if some of these themes are ordinary, these contributed, nonetheless, in making the movie as emotional and dramatic, and effective as it is. Conclusion The success of Finding Forrester is a dramatic movie about two individuals who bonded for a short time but impacted profoundly each other’s lives. It is hinged not merely on the storyline and plot itself, but also on how the other aspects of the movie making process contributed to the creation of a movie that many people loved.
It was a movie that moved many audiences around the world. In the critique of Finding Forrester, it is established that even without the use of new acting, shooting and logistics methods for the movie because of the very sublime presentation and a story line based closely on people living in real life, a movie can still be considered as something great because of how the components, however simple they are, were put together by the movie creators.