Amanda

Amanda

Slowly but surely breaking out of my shell to publicly write passionately about the finer things in life. Movies of course!

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    The Underlining Theme of Family in 'A Quiet Place'

    Although ‘A Quiet Plan’ is heavily advertised as a horror/thriller movie, there are definitely underlining themes of family and what family is willing to do for one another. Not only does the love of family truly shine in this film, but it also shows how strong a family can be when their life is on the line everyday.

    • Yes, although "A Quiet Place" is labeled under the horror/thriller genre, the underlying theme is togetherness and communal efforts. I think this is apparent considering the film emphasizes the importance and value of each of the characters. Each character serves a different purpose at some point in the film where the entirety of the family wouldn't be able to survive with the removal of one of them. They are all necessary, and the most moving example of this has to be the conclusion where the only handicapped character ends up saving the day due to her discovery that she made in her father's office. – ralphpolojames 2 years ago
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    • This is definitely something I found in the film. I think it would be interesting to look at how director and co-writer John Kransinski has talked about it. He has mentioned multiple times that he saw it as a film about family and even described it as a love letter to his children. I think that would definitely add some weight to the discussion of this theme in the film, considering it seems to be a big part of how he conceived of the story – Beth Jones 2 years ago
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    • I agree that the love and dedication with the family members is the piece that holds the film together. Overall, if the family dynamic wasn't as compassionate as it was portrayed in the film, there wouldn't be as much pathos. It is a film about family that uses the horror/ suspense genre as a cloak. They stand by one another, even in the threat of being attacked by the film's creatures. For the parents especially, they stay alive not just for their own survival, but for their children's survival. – Kellie 2 years ago
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    Amanda

    I agree that the novel provided a much more chilling atmosphere overall, and although it was better, the movie did have those chilling moments too. This including the unknown of places, people and the “monsters”, and how anything could have happened at any point in the movie. If you compare it with “A Quiet Place”, for example, the lack of noise in that movie had a huge impact on the overall horror/thriller theme. If Bird Box were to take the approach of actual complete darkness in some scenes, the viewer would get the true sense of ‘unknown’ and horror. This would add a connection between the viewer and what the character is going through, adding a realistic element. This alone would have increased the fear that this situation could happen in the real world one day.

    Bird Box: Adapting from Debut Novel to Silver Screen
    Amanda

    Living in Canada, Netflix has a great amount less of content than in the United States. Although I like Netflix, it’s hard to find something worth watching once I pretty much watched all of my interests. On a business perspective, it was a great idea to embrace streaming shows and movies instead of hating it like a couple of years ago. Netflix will just continue to grow and I just hope Netflix Canada can add as much as the American Netflix
    Amazing job!

    Netflix and Impact
    Amanda

    I completely agree! The fact that there are so many movie remakes, it removes the need to spend half an hour to an hour giving the audience an origin of the character. Of course, new ideas and characters that have yet to be shown deserve a back story. With this being said, as the essay states, it would be just as effective to show flashbacks or splices of life instead of a full origin.
    Great Job!

    Origin Stories: Do we need them?
    Amanda

    This was a very in depth essay and I appreciated the way that you compared many different interpretations of Thor and the theme among all of them. I adore the movie Thor and this essay has given me so much more knowledge about the origin of Thor and where the 2011 movie got its inspiration. Thank you!

    Thor's Worthiness to Wield the Hammer