Movie Analysis

These three movies that we watched for class all looked at design in a certain manner. Each had their own outlook that they were trying to convey. However all of the movies were able to look at a certain aspect of the design process more in detail. For example, in the movie Wall-e the movie particularly looks at consumerism and the consumption of items more than the other two films. Everything is Illuminated looks at the human aspect of design. The whole moral of the movie is to find this woman who saved his grandfather during World War II. He collects artifacts to try to remember details he would otherwise forget. Then with Helvetica it describes the entire design process. All of the people that are adding to the contributions of the typography. Each individual movie is able to look at one particular aspect of the design process Wall-e looks closely at the consumerism, Everything is Illuminated looks at the human aspect and then Helvetica looks at the design process.

Wall-e is not your classical Disney film. The idea behind Wall-e portrays what the Earth will look like in a few years if people rely on consumerism. When Wall-e is taken on the spacecraft he meets the humans. The most shocking aspect of the film was looking at the way in which people are portrayed they are obese and moving around sitting in chairs. A major aspect of the film was the idea of the Captain being able to walk. This shows how gluttonous our society is as a whole. It makes one stop and think about recycling or finding alternative ways of doing things as to not damage the earth. In Wall-e the earth was completely covered in trash and it was Wall-e’s job to compact all of these mounds of garbage. The movie truly makes one focus on the effects of consumerism. However it does not truly focus on the human aspect of artifacts that is left up to Everything is Illuminated.

Everything is Illuminated truly looks at the human aspect of artifacts and the significance it holds for a certain individual. Jonathan is a young man whose grandma had just died but first she was able to hand him a picture of his grandfather and a young woman who saved his grandfathers life during World War II. Jonathan takes it upon himself to go and look for this woman in the picture. It also shows how Jonathan is a collector he collects small artifacts from places to remember the events in his life. We see that he places these artifacts in the Ziploc bags and labels them so that he knows what is in his room. When talking to Alex his translator he explains the importance of collecting these artifacts. The artifacts have a significant meaning to them depending upon the people. The film does a good job at looking at the human experience and memories that go along with common everyday items such as a photo or a necklace. Helvetica is another movie in which looks at design however it looks at the work aspect of the design process.

Helvetica specifically looks at the design process. It talks about the amount of work and people that go into making a font. The amount of years and the explanation of how each curve means something and is done specifically. They are able to look into the use of the typography and how it is used in everyday life. It shows that it is commonly used with road signs. The design element of the typography is what makes Helvetica so useful. The improvements were able to being made to the type font so that it could be used for multiple purposes. The film focuses on the idea that each font portrays a different message and can be used for different purposes. The idea that different fonts can be used for different purposes is very intriguing.

Looking at the movies as hole they look at specific elements of the design process that we have looked at this entire semester. Each one portrays design in a different way. Helvetica was a informed documentary, Everything Is Illuminated was more comical yet had a deeper meaning and Wall-e is a animated Disney Movie. Each one was a different designed film portraying different messages about design. Each however was able to convey the message in a convenient way that was easy to understand.

The lessons I learned from all of the movies is that designed artifacts are created for a purpose. This purpose has different meanings to each individual however it is up to us to take that meaning and make something out of it, memories, love, community and trust. However with that comes responsibility to the earth and to others in the community. Consumerism can take over if we let it and we will end up somewhere we would not know what to do. The designed world is not a bad thing and can be used for good and to make lives of people better and more meaningful.


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