"A Tale Of Two Cities": Movie Analysis
“A Tale Of Two Cities” is a movie based on historical events that have taken place. The best way to describe this film is by saying “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”. The movie we watched is considered to be the “most accurate” version. This movie takes place in the mid, to almost late 18th century during the French revolution. This movie in my opinion is more based on the social and political events that took place during this time. This movie had a lot going on, but two things caught my attention. The analogies between the two cities. There was brutal capital punishment and lots of crime. Also, the two themes that caught my attention were justice and resurrection
The first theme that caught my attention was justice. Justice came about in a “literally” format through the multiple series of trials and imprisonments throughout the plot. For example, Doctor Manette’s imprisonment, Darney’s trial in London, and then his imprisonment and trial in France. Another one is also after someone’s son is killed by the carriage towards the beginning of the film, he knows he will not receive legal justice, so he kills the Marquis by himself. I think it was good we see how the justice system in England works.
The second theme that caught my attention was the resurrection. Resurrection is one of the major themes that had a more sociable effect. If you look at this situation one way you can see that Sydney Carton’s death left a very peaceful life for Lucie Manette and the others. Also, Carton goes to being in the act of heroism, becoming a “Christ-like figure whose death serves to save the lives of others”. Even though Carton was living a life of violence and different than how he was in the end, Carton had his little “resurrection” moment. Carton became a new or even a “reborn” him in the minds of those he died for, to save. The selflessness in his final act in life was his big change.
To be very fair “The Tale Of Two Cities” wasn’t the easiest to pay attention to, mostly because it was very confusing at first. I was unsure of what was going on. I then realized that I had to pay more attention to what was happening and focus on what they were trying to display. Once I finally got more into the film my attention was caught. I enjoyed the display of the film. How they made the production “more real”. The music went very well with what they were trying to go for, it set the mood of the scene.
This film showed me that there were very classic ways of struggling and handling things back then. This was filled with crime and justice which led to the resurrection of some. This film had also shown the two sides of people, the hero, the villain, and the villain. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”.
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