Critical Analysis



Accordingto Richard Dyer, film studies could be undertaken with science andtechniques of film, which is inclusive of its physics and chemistry.But despite these techniques, they have not yet been constituted in adiscrete branch of the film studies. The chemistry and physics of thefilm have indeed made some impact in the film studies through itsthree decisive innovations. These innovations are the intentions ofthe film, history, and incorporation of sound and color. Dyer pointsout that aesthetics dimension of a film does not exist, save for itsconceptualization, its social practicality and how its intendedmessage is received. He urges that the cultural study of the filmmust understand the uniqueness of films regarding it’s theirspecificity, pleasures amongst others. These film dimensions cannotbe reduced to the ideological formulation and general publicopinions.

FindingNormal is a movie starring Lou Beatty Jr and Andrew Bongirno. It isabout a young doctor who is obsessed with having a wedding of herdreams in a nearby city. She leaves Los Angeles for Long Islands fora meeting with the man in her life. The man had constantly remindedher of the amount of money they are losing by staying far from eachother. The talks increased her feelings of meeting this man. But onher to Long Island, she lands into trouble with the law in the townof normal leaving her with only two difficult choices jail orcommunity service. Her 24 hours of community service made herdiscover not only herself but also the man who truly loves her.

Ingeneral Finding, Normal contains some good acting and chemistry. Themovie is themed on finding meaning in people’s lives and activitiesthat they get involved in themselves. The extensive chemistrydisplayed in the film has influenced its intention greatly. Dyerassets that Physics and Chemistry employed in a film are crucial inrelaying its intentions and message. Additionally, Finding Normal hasobserved a brisk space in its production.


Dyer,R. (2010). Introduction to film studies (3rd ed.). Chicago: Aldine