Film Criticism=Critical Thinking in Action

So well look at us, we’ve made it to the end of the semester. That means my final blog post. So I’m going to talk about how film criticism techniques can be used in other types of arts (Like Video Games, Music, Books, ect.)

I think that one way that the Introduction to Film has really benefited me is that not only have I learned to review films, I also learned that I can use these techniques on other types of media. While being a film fan, I am also a huge fan of video games as well as being a music and literature nerd. For example, lets take some techniques in film reviewing I learned in the course and see how I can use those techniques if I was to review my favorite video game of all time: Pokemon Platinum. One thing I realized when taking this course for film is that not only can you split films in different genres, you can also split other forms of arts in different genres. But I’m going to give Platinum a Blake Snyder would involve two Snyder genres, those being ¨rites of passage¨ and ¨Dude with a problem¨.

Let’s start off with rites of passage. In every pokemon game, you take the role as a kid who gets their first pokemon and travels the region to go to every gym in order to challenge the gym leader and obtain every gym badge. Most games have your character set at 11 years old like in the original Red and Blue as well as Platinum. However, 11 is not always the age of your character because some regions and game are different. Take Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald as well as their remakes Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. Your character is 12 years old. This is to convey that the different regions in the pokemon world have different ages in which you have your specific rite of passage, much like the real world. Your rite of passage in Platinum is that you are now 11 years old and you can go on your own pokemon adventure. So you get to travel the region and collect all of the gym badges.

The other Snyder genre in Platinum is Dude with a problem. In every pokemon game while traveling the region and obtaining gym badges, you also are met by an evil organization who wants to achieve evil deeds that harm the lives of other people and pokemon, or the entire universe in Platinum. In Platinum you explore the region and obtain gym badges, but you also have to face an evil organization known as Team Galactic. Their goal is to use the legendary pokemon Dialga and Palkia to change the universe to where nothing exist. They consult these legendary pokemon because Dialga is the god of time and Palkia is the god of space. Your job is to stop the evil organization from achieving their goal while also collecting gym badges and challenging gym leaders.

But not just Pokemon can be reviewed like a film. Take my third favorite video games being Super Mario Galaxy. I’m not going to use my second favorite video game because my second favorite is Minecraft, and it has no story. But anyways, Super Mario Galaxy or SMG is a game in which Mario must save Peach after she is kidnapped by Bowser. Standard Mario game, right? Well it gets more advanced than that. Bowser not only kidnaps Peach, but he goes to the center of the universe where he attempts to start his universal empire, and Mario must work with the cosmic queen Rosalina to save Peach and stop Bowser from his evil deeds. See, video games have a story, just like films. Let’s take color theory for example. In SMG, you are obviously in space, so the starry sky represents space as well as its calming atmosphere. In SMG, you have to explore different galaxies in order to collect power stars, which are used to help you get to the center of the universe, basically Super Mario 64 in space. But one galaxy that I think masters the color theory would be the Toy Time Galaxy. This galaxy is made to be a child’s paradise made huge, from hopping off of popsicles to riding toy trains to even unscrewing a giant evil toy robot. It surely will be leading you right back to your toy box from many years ago. But what I really notice about it is its color. Throughout this galaxy, you see many childrens objects colored in light blue or yellow colors. This is to symbolize growth of the child as well as childhood. These colors are absolutely perfect because of what the galaxy is about.

Videos Games are not the only art that can be reviewed like a film. Music can as well. Many youtubers gain their fame from reviewing music. Music can even fit in a Blake Snyder genre. Take any rap battle for instance. The genre for each of these is Dude with a Problem because one rapper is trying to roast the other rapper in a series of freestyle rap. Although its a film, we can still look at ¨8 Mile¨ for instance. I’m going to shows the lyrics of B-Rabbit destroying Papa Doc.

Now everybody from the 313 put your motha f***** hands up and follow me
Now everybody from the 313 put your motha f***** hands up
Look look

Now while he stands tough
Notice that this man did not have his hands up
The Free World’s got you gassed up
Now who’s afraid of the Big Bad Wolf

1, 2, 3 and to the 4
1 pac 2 pac 3 pac 4
4 pac 3 pac 2 pac 1
You’re pac he’s pac You’re pac none

This guy ain’t no motha f***** MC
I know everything he’s got to say against me
I am white I am a f***** bum
I do live in a trailer with my mom
My boy future is an Uncle Tom
I do got a dumb friend named Cheddar Bob
Who shoots himself in his leg with his own gun
I did get jumped by all six of you chumps
And Wink did f*** my girl
I’m still standing here screamin’ f*** the Free World

Don’t ever try to judge me dude
You don’t know what the f*** I’ve been through
But I know something about you
You went to Cranbrook
Thats a private school
What’s the matter dog?
You embarrassed?
This guy’s a gangster?
His real names’ Clarence
And Clarence lives at home with both parents
And Clarence’s parents have a real good marriage

This guy dont wanna battle hes shook
‘Cause there ain’t no such thing as halfway crooks
He’s scared to death
He’s scared to look at his f***** year book
F*** Cranbrooke

F*** a beat I’ll go a capella
F*** a Papa Doc
F*** a clock
F*** a trailer
F*** everybody
F*** ya’ll if you doubt me
I’m a piece of f***** white trash I say it proudly
And f*** this battle I don’t wanna win, I’m outtie
Here, tell these people somethin’ they don’t know about me

So looking at these lines, one thing that you may notice (other than all those f words I had to censor out) is that there is not only dialogue, but this rap battle is like a mental battle that B-rabbit is going up against Papa Doc at 8 mile rap battles. Papa Doc is that dude with a problem, and all these lines rapped by B-rabbit is him fighting against the dude with a problem. B-rabbit even goes so far to the point he basically not only tries to destroy Papa Dock, but also points the middle finger at other people with a problem, including the audience who doubts him, even if nobody should doubt B-rabbit since he’s played by Eminem. You can also notice some other songs with other problems too, not just this rap battle from a film.

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