"Ordinary People" Movie Analysis Essay - 3140 Words
Ordinary People (1980) - Plot Summary - IMDb
I first saw Ordinary People at the Eric Twin Chestnut Hill Theater near my home in Philadelphia. They didn’t have multiplexes much back then so this was a two-theater complex that I often frequented and felt comfortable in because there weren’t large crowds to contend with. I was in college and since I had homework most of the time, I could rarely get out to see a movie let alone rent one until my semester break began. This was actually the next to last day Ordinary People was playing. VCR’s were too expensive to own, so I had to see it in the theater or else miss it. And I couldn’t do that. It might not be on broadcast television for at least another five years since cable was in its infancy.
Ordinary People Movie Review & Film Summary ..
Director Redford places all these events in a suburban world that is seen withan understated matter-of-factness. There are no cheap shots against suburbanlifestyles or affluence or mannerisms: The problems of the people in this moviearen't caused by their milieu, but grow out of themselves. And, like it or not,the participants have to deal with them. That's what sets the film apart fromthe sophisticated suburban soap opera it could easily have become. Eachcharacter in this movie is given the dramatic opportunity to look insidehimself, to question his own motives as well as the motives of others, and totry to improve his own ways of dealing with a troubled situation. Two of thecharacters do learn how to adjust; the third doesn't. It's not often we getcharacters who face those kinds of challenges on the screen, nor directors whoseek them out. “Ordinary People” is an intelligent, perceptive, and deeplymoving film.