Chapter 2 / midterm

Here are most of the elements that make up “form” in the textbook:
Similarity, repetition, parallelism, development, contrasts.

What do all those ingrediants add up to in the final equation? Answer: How well you relate with the movie, and the overall essense that resonates between scenes (motif).

In the movie “Speed Racer,” (a movie in which people either hate it or love it) the Wachowskis’used a HD camera to make the backgrounds and overall video look like a seizure-inducing video game to give the movie a anime feel.

While the setting is really hard to relate to, its general purpose is to take the audience out of reality and into a fantasy world. So if the setting is completely different and hard to relate with, what are the variables that allow us to recognize story components/ structures familiar to our senses?

Answer: the people, their dreams, and childhood.

The only “relatable” characters in the film are the Racer family. You see the hero grow up from being a kid crazy about something (racing) and having a role-model (his brother) in his life, and fighting for his dreams no matter who craps on him. Who doesn’t experience that?

Development for the character was important too, because it reflects our own growth. There was a scene in the movie where Speed was about to leave the house like his brother did, and stopped. Instead of repeating history, he grew up and became his own master of his own life he had to live. That scene was soo relatable especially in America where we have the tradition: “when you’re 18, you’re out of the house” ……and on other levels.

While the setting is a stew of flashing colors, the audience has Speed as their Shepard to lead them throughout the story, and ultimately, get into his mind enough so that they can feel the same desires he does, to WIN AND BRING HOME THE GOLD!!!!!!

With characters like Royalton (the chubby business guy), it’s so easy to hate him because he’s the corporate side of the world that nobody likes, and wants to ignore. When he talked about how business played a major role in racing, it was the kind of crap people can relate with. If you’re a kid, and wanted to be an astronaut, would you want to hear about what it feels like to move around in zero-gravity or the paperwork and procedures it takes to enroll in Nasa?

Point being, even things/jargon we don’t like have an effect on us; we’ve experience it in some form.

Really, the form of the movie is nothing like we’ve ever seen in theaters (maybe in a video game, but not here). And it’s that form that builds us with uneasiness about green-screen special effects, but what makes “Speed Racer” a good movie is that we are able to relate to the character, and most importantly, the messages.

The messages are really the strongest “cues” that bring us the most meaning, depth, and easiest thing to relate to making your personal connection to the movie, the strongest.

Whether we relate the on-screen happenings to our own experiences or what we’ve witness in other works, the movie brings a familiarity and theme of human development to the form of the movie: Man vs society & man developing for the better genre.

Throughout the film, we see how many people put-down Speed and his dad, but no matter what, he sticks to his “art” and does the only thing he knows how to do, and the thing he does best and doesn’t take crap … if you really want something, go for it! It kinda makes me feel like I could relate this to that train story, “The Little Engine that could”, I think I can, I think I can. Go Speed Racer Go!


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