Film Critique

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I. Movie
The movie I chose to do my Final Film Critique Paper on is “Radio” (2003).
II. Storytelling
This movie is about a small-town high school football coach (Ed Harris) befriends a developmentally disabled man (Cuba Gooding Jr.) nicknamed “Radio”, who has always been the target of jokes and teasing, in this heartwarming drama based on the real-life experiences of James Robert Kennedy. Although their friendship raises eyebrows at first, Radio’s growth under the coach’s guidance ultimately inspires the local townsfolk to think differently about being different.
III. Actors and Acting
The acting style for this movie is dramatic. It’s drawn to make you feel sympathize with the character. From the beginning of the film you wonder why this man is walking on the train tracks with a grocery buggy until you see what he plans to do with it and it remains you of the crazy things you did when you were a child. I was really upset when Radio went into town and the lady snatched her child out of his view.
From the start of this film you’re given the homely female voice-over, its setting in the south, its community values offset at small-town prejudice, with its stirring soundtrack providing sentiment. I think this movie is a small remainder to another film “To Kill a Mockingbird” because the resolute of Coach Harold Jones certainly revives the spirit of that of Atticus Finch.
Cuba Gooding Jr. - James Robert Kennedy                     Ed Harris – Harold Jones
Alfre Woodard – Principal Daniels                                   Debra Winger – Linda Jones
S. Epatha Mekersen – Maggie Kennedy                           Director: Mike Tollin
IV. Cinematography
The cinematography in this film composes a different type of angles. The angle shots are Medium Long Shot, Medium Shot. I think the director’s vision is to tell the truthful story within this movie. From the research I did it showed that director Michael Tollin did a lot of collaboration with James Radio...

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