Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Sin City

Sin City is a film that explores the dark and miserable town Basin City and tells the story of three different people, all caught up in the violent corruption of the city. The film could feature gangster stereotypes and could be a Crime Thriller as it focuses on serious issues such as violence drugs and other explicit issues.

Interestingly, the film's poster uses binary opposition and rough bold red fonts which connotes violence and death and could signify what the film could be about. The various poses seem effective as the characters are looking down, as if they are superior and are expressing strong emotions through their facial expressions. Also, the use of binary opposition:- black and white could relate to the film as being a film noir as it could relate to the setting of the film, which could be set in dingy, dark urban areas.

The film could be aimed at teenagers aged 15 and above and could be predominantly aimed at males ,as they are the key audience who watch action, violent films. However, other audiences such as parents could have oppositional readings to the film, as it could be promoting violence and therefore be too graphic, as a result they could catharsise themselves against the film and could encourage moral panic as the film encourages violent tendencies

Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man's Chest

Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man's Chest revolves around the main protagonist Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), who races to recover the heart of Davy Jones; a renowned, notorious pirate to avoid enslaving his soul to Jones' service, as other friends and foes seek the heart for their own agenda as well.

The film's genre is a fantasy/adventure, as it mentions pirates and clearly, from the poster insinuates that the film has some enigma codes, and action codes, such as the 'Dead Man's chest', as it is an important motif in the film and the audience could speculate on what is actually in the chest. The poster features three main protagonists within the film who are signified to the audience as pirates, as the poster connotes them wearing a buccaneer's hat,use of a vintage gun and shows a ship in the foreground and revolves around a multi strand narrative. Interestingly, as there are multiple protagonists, the audience could identify with each of the characters.

The film could be aimed towards a teenage demographic, aged between 12-30, who could be mostly mixed as it features graphic violence , as well as a captivating storyline which could be of interest to the older audience, as they could identify with the well known characters such as Johnny Depp. However, certain audiences may have oppositional readings to the film, as it could be unsuitable for young children, as there is strong use of gore and violence, and could therefore catharise against the film.

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