A Good Argument Essay

1163 words - 5 pages

What I consider to be one of my favorite films of all time, often leads to many debates with my peers, and questions about my sanity. I have watched so few films in my lifetime that have led to so many great debates as David Slade’s 2005 film Hard Candy. Each time I watch it I’m able to pull more away. One of my favorite things to do is to watch it with others. Considering the controversial subject matter of the film, it’s always shocking to first time viewers. I have however found myself more interested in which character’s side they take. In my opinion this is one of the best modern films to analyze, for its: social commentary, characters, and elements of design.
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The different opinions were because there was no clear cut good or bad guy. Hayley may have originally appeared to be a helpless child, hurting someone who was bad, but she was not without her own faults. She displayed signs of being masochistic and a sociopath. Her character was just as manipulative and full of lies, as Jeff. The viewer never truly knows who she is or her motives. Jeff on the other hand is built up to be an evil character. The more you watch him however, the more human he seems. Half the time he refuses her advances, and in the perspective of the audience he is the preyed upon character. The natural reaction would be to trust him more in a way.
Lighting is an incredibly important part of filmmaking, it lights the scene, it adds mood, and in Hard Candy it is used in a very uncommon way. The film starts off very inviting with bright pastel colors on the walls and in the scenes. These colors make a great contrast between the mature subject matter of the film. An interesting technique implemented was the changing of colors throughout certain scenes. This method complemented the ever changing moods of the characters. During the scene where Jeff is discussing with Hayley how to be a good model he mentions, “Most people only open up from weakness, nobody wants to see photos of weak people.” At this point the key light on Jeff gets noticeably darker, as we get a glance at his inner thoughts. Again, later in the film as Hayley is seen arguing with Jeff over him being a pedophile she puts on a coat and glasses. This is her putting on the act of being an adult. The lighting at this point lightens and the viewer is brought back to the lighter color scheme which plays on the child like mentality of Hayley at that moment.
Sound is nearly absent in this film. It is used sparingly to enhance certain scenes, and never once overpowers anything happening on screen. The majority of sounds that are present in the film are very natural. These sound that are heard are things like room tone, refrigerator hum, and static. The other sounds come from things like the radio. I believe this technique...

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