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How does the film language in the opening of Bend It Like Beckham introduce the characters and introduce comedy/humour?

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Jasmine Peek How does the film language in the opening of ?Bend It Like Beckham? introduce the characters and introduce comedy/humour? Bend it like Beckham which is henceforth known as the film, opens onto a black screen. It then has a ball coming over from the top right of the screen down into the bottom left as if it has been kicked as well as building a crowd scene into the sound which is a diegetic sound. This was done through special effects after the film had been shot and shows two things. First, it shows that the film will have a heavy football theme and second, that it is a comedy as it isn?t taking it too seriously in the shot of the ball. After, the music which is presumed to be the football match in the background starts and is common with football chat shows like match of the day. After a few seconds the voice over of a famous match commentator starts with the screen still on black with the titles, which is a non-diegetic sound. ...read more.


The mise-en-scene of the scene is that of the assumed match summary programme and has the required celebrity faces to make it seem real. They ask Jess?s mother if she is proud of her daughter which brings the main implementation of humour into the film. The traditional reply would be ?Yes, I?m so proud!? but Jess?s mother is introduced as a traditional and stereotypical religious mother who disagrees with masculine sports and the breaking of stereotypes the character of Jess does as a female. This stereotyping makes humour as it is the opposite of what is expected. Another way the humour is implemented is through an action and reaction shot from Mrs Bambra and Gary Lineker who looks shocked which is shown clearly to the audience through his facial expressions. The camera angle changes from a medium shot of the Gary?s reaction shot to a medium shot, then a close up of her mother. This is to show she is ?stealing the show? and is in control. ...read more.


Overall, the way the characters have been introduced has been through speech for Jess and Jess?s sister and through full on conversation with Mrs Bambra. Jess?s sister is portrayed as a stereotypical girl through the way she talks while Mrs Bambra is shown as tradition religious mother through her actions, ideas put across through speech and dialogue used at her daughter. Jess however is shown as a non-traditional girl, who enjoys football and arguing with her family. I think that the majority of the characters will be portrayed as the stereotypes they are showing to add humour to the film. The humour was introduced into the film in a variety of ways. It was shown through narrators commentary, Mrs Bambra?s disapproval of her daughter, the action and reaction shot and by the picking at the game of football. I think that the way the rest of the humour in the film will be very direct and often picky at certain topics, in particular football. ...read more.

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