A Sense of Social Realism in the First Ten Minutes of The Full Monty
In august 1997, the smash hit comedy; The Full Monty came to the big
screen. It only cost £2.2 million but it managed to recover that in
the first weekend of it being shown in the UK. The successfulness of
the film even managed to shock actor Robert Carlyle who starred in the
film. Directed by Peter Cattaneo and produced by Umberto Pasolini,
this film is Sheffield's big claim to fame.
The opening scenes are of a promotional video that shows a happy
Sheffield but because it is shown on a small screen, it seems far
away. The old-fashioned music and cheesy voiceover also give a feeling
of something that happened along time ago and in the background you
van even hear the sound of a projector and there is the occasional
crackle on the screen. The video also shows how dependant Sheffield
and its people are on the steel industry, they even call it steel city
and says that 90,000 men are employed by the steel industry which
shows that if something was to happen to the steel industry a lot of
people would be out of work. Another way that they make the video seem
old is by using old words like discothèque. It then just leaves us
with a black screen that says in bold white writing '25 years later'.
This prepares us for the big contrast and makes sure we still know
that we are still in Sheffield.
We then have a high angle shot of Gaz, Dave and Nate walking through
the rundown old steel factory, which is all grey and dank to give a
real contrast to the video. This contrast is connected to Tzvetan
Todorov's theory, which is that the fictional environment begins with
everything is as it should be it then suffers some disruption, and a
new equilibrium is produced at the end of the narrative. Gaz mentioned
about the ten years that he worked in the factory and is disappointed
at how rundown it has become, which shows his connection with the
place. We then see a long shot the work band which shows that the
steel industry was more that just a job it was a way of life to these
people. Even though there is no longer any work they still enjoy
getting together as friends.
The next few shots represent Gaz's life quite well. It shows Gaz
stranded on a sinking car in the middle of a river with Nate slowly
edging away from him. This is actually happening because Nate is
drifting towards his mother. Gaz still acts the hard guy though and
does not admit defeat, even when someone strolls by he describes his
situation as 'not so bad'.
Gaz really shows that he is the 'ladies man' in the next scene in
which, even though he is soaking wet he still rates women as he walks
down the street. He then shows off in front of the women waiting for
the strip show only to be shouted at by them. You can see where Gaz
gets the idea for stripping...