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Introduction

Review on School of rock. A dumpy middle aged man sits in front of a class of fifth-graders at the most prestigious private school in the area. The man, an aspiring rock star named Dewey Finn, is impersonating a substitute teacher at Horace Green Elementary School. Having learned of their musical talents, Dewey sees this chance to group the ten-year olds as the perfect backing band, for his self-proclaimed musical genius. He teaches the class about rock theory and history in an effort to prepare his new group for a performance at a "Battle of the bands" contest. However, Dewey's intentions in becoming a teacher at Horace Green are certainly not noble. Barely able to pay his rent as an unemployed musician, Dewey views the chance of becoming a substitute teacher as a godsend and takes the job purely out of self-interest. ...read more.

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Firstly, he uses a close up over Dewey while sleeping in bed, exposing his gormless expression. Also, a panning shot is used which shows a view of the whole class while he teaches. Both of these shots give the film a comical and lackadaisical theme. To give a comical impression a great deal of slang is used by the students, like when they yell 'Shut the hell up, Schneebly', to their teacher, and also when Dewey explains 'But, you can't just say it, man. You've gotta feel it in you're blood and guts!' showing his childish manner, and immaturity. This language allows the film to appeal to a wide audience, as it makes the reader connect with modern day school speech. However, to give a contrast of language, there is also very formal 'proper' English which is used by the headmistress, Miss Mullins (Joan Custack), causing the slang to stand out even more. ...read more.

Conclusion

This has a large comparison to the School of Rock, as Dewey teaches children about rock music, which they have never experienced before, and gives them a new passion. To top off all the great aspects of this film, it ends with a heart warming response from the children after Black taught the wonders of Rock to them. Therefore, I can honestly say this one of the funniest, yes comforting films that I have had the pleasure of watching in a long while. It is polished without being over worked, and Jack Blacks brilliance is magnified by a cast of Kids that are incredibly talented. The story line works and, whilst it is exaggerated, you still feel for Black's character and want him to succeed, even though he has an over-ego, and an over-weight musician. Over all, this is a great film, had a fantastic score and is brilliantly funny. An absolute must have! ...read more.

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