DescriptiveCriticism clearly and accurately as possible, tells what is happening in aproduction. The production I chose was a movie that recently came out in lateOctober this year called Happy Death Day. Happy Death Day is about a college student, Tree Gelbman, who attends BayfieldUniversity. Tree Gelbman is a blonde, rude, self-centered female who cares onlyabout herself and is a part of a sorority. After a long day of hard-partyingand heavy drinking, Tree Gelbman wakes up on the morning of her birthday, May18th, with a serious hangover in the dorm room of schoolmate CarterDavis, who she can’t seem to remember.
Carter Davis, an innocent brown curlyhead guy, later becomes an important character in the movie, as he then helpsher with a problem so she doesn’t have to face it alone. In fact, the bondbetween the two start to grow and they end up being attracted to each other atthe end of the movie. Anyways, as she continues her day, she is not aware thateverything that happens now or will happen during the course of the day, is atwisted déjà vu that continuously repeats itself, until she is brutallymurdered on the same night of her birthday by an unknown masked madman. Thismask was actually representing “Groundhog Day” which was clever because therewas a game that night and mostly all the teens were wearing one.
With everyresurrection that she gets, Tree gets closer and closer to identifying herunknown killer, however, figuring out who or he she may be, always end up withTree’s death. And every painful death she encounters she starts to get weak andfragile and if she doesn’t solve her murderer soon she will eventually neverwake up to see another day. During the course of the movie, it made it hard forthe audience to figure out who the actual killer was because they made the girlinto snob which no one really liked. She had jealous friends in her sororityand people that knew her, that she would rudely treat. Leading to the end, shebelieves that she has discovered her killer after watching a news report on TVabout a serial killer names Joseph Tombs, creepy old man, who is notorious forgoing after young women.
But he is actually pretending to be the real killer todistract Tree from ever figuring out who the real killer is. However, she livesto see another day and throughout the movie Tree begins to change. Before shepursues her plan on murdering her killer she starts to become a better personand even makes peace with her dad after being scared of talking to him. As theday begins to end she successfully kills the old man but still ends up dying.
The reason for this was because the morning of her birthday, after rushing toher sorority house, her so-called “friend”, Lori-who actually works at thehospital, hands her a cupcake as a genuine gift which in reality is a treat forher death. That same cupcake she ate the night before and realizes her roommatewas her killer. Which then leads to them fighting in their room, in which Lorithen dies after being thrown of the window unintentionally by Tree and Tree finallygets to wake up in peace. Movingon, Prescriptive Criticism clearly and accurately adds in own critique andsuggestions of a production. The production I chose was Happy Death Day.
Ihonestly enjoyed this movie very much and there isn’t really much I cancritique on it. However, if I had to; I would suggest on providing moreinformation and background on each character and probably figure out why,especially the main character, acted the way they did. Why is Tree so rude?What happened to her mom? Or even provide information on what grade she’s inand how did she join the sorority. Adding little information like this may helpthe movie improve and help the audience have a better connection to thecharacters. Accordingto the book, The Three Criteria for Criticism involve asking three questions asa guide to arriving at judgements, criteria that will also aid the rest of usto be better informed about a production we have seen and to better explain ourreactions to it. The first question is: What is being attempted? I believe the movie”Happy Death Day” was a snappyhorror-comedy involving mystery and a gentle romantic spine. Meaning theywanted to make the audience laugh but also frightened them in certain events inthe movie. Not only this but it also informed the audience about what couldhappen at a university.
The second question is: Have the intentions beenachieved? I believe so. Over all, I was really intrigued with the movie and howrelatable it was to teens who are actually attending a university. Someindividuals who are part of a sorority, or college students in general, arerude and people at universities do go to parties and tend to get drunk andwasted. But mainly, people who are rude always have bad things coming to themespecially if they don’t treat other respectfully because some people do havefeelings and some tend to react to it in dangerous ways.
So this play didn’tonly make me laugh or frighten me, but it informed not only me but the audiencethat we should always treat others how we want to be treated and always becareful who you surround yourselves with. Last but not least, the last questionis: Was the attempt worthwhile? I honestly believe it was. I have never seen amovie like this and it was really fun to watch. It succeeded in giving mepleasure and providing entertainment and that is satisfying enough.
The 6 aspects of a play are really importantwhen creating any play or production. The first aspect of the play is “selectingthe specific subject for the play”, which in this case would be: A collegestudent reliving the day of her murder over and over on the day of herbirthday, in a loop that will end only when she discovers her killer’sidentity. The second aspect of a play is “determining the focus”, which wouldbe: Teresa Gelbman, the college student who relives her death, and herexperience on how she felt and what she had to go through. The third aspects ofa play is “establishing purpose” which in this case there could be a lot. Thismovie’s purpose could be to simply thrill or frighten us, or make us laugh, orto teach us a valuable lesson on why you should always be nice to other, or toalways be careful with who you surround yourselves, etc.
This all depends onwho is watching the movie and how they feel it impacted them. For me, I believeit was informing the audience to always be kind to one another. The fourthdramatic structure is “Developing dramatic structure” which would deal with howthe movie begins, complications and obstacles, and crises and climaxes. For theopening scene, the film opens as the bell tolls at Bayfield University onMonday the 18th. TreeGelbman, a blonde female, wakes up with a serious hangover in the dorm room ofschoolmate Carter Davis, who she can’t seem to remember. When she wakes up shereceives a call from her father which she quickly ignores and ask Carter forTylenol and evacuates the room in disgust. An obstacle she faces is constantlyreliving her day at the college and not being able to find her killer. Complicationsshe had to face is being killed at different location in the movie withoutwarning, so she literally had to be careful at every place she went.
The climaxof the movie begins when she finally discovers her killer and confronts her. Movingon, the fifth aspect of a play is “Creating dramatic characters”: In this caseI will be using 3 characters to give examples of different types of charactersthat are introduced in the movie. First off, the killer, who is later revealedin the movie, is Lori Splenger. I would describe her as a character with adominant trait.
The reason is because she is an angry and jealous person whowould kill someone over a guy who never seem to notice her because of herfriend, “Tree”. As for the second character, Tree, I would consider her as theprotagonist in the play. She is the main character in the movie and it involveson her and how she is feeling through her experience. Last but not least, thelast character I am using is names Becky, a sorority sister, who I would considerto be a minor character because she only has a few lines and only serves as afoil to more important characters. The sixth aspect of a play is “Establishingthe point of view”. I would consider this movie a Tragicomedy because it is amovie containing tragic themes but a happy ending.
It also presents a comic orironic treatment of a serious theme, as stated in the book. The three challenges of acting are the threemain challenges that actors face, such as: Making characters believable,physical acting, and synthesis integration. When it comes to making a characterbelievable it takes a lot of practice and understanding of each character. Physicalacting takes a lot of physical practice with body movements and how you projectyour voice, as well as how you use it.
As for synthesis and integration, itinvolves the actors the inner and outer emotions and feelings and the outer andphysical and vocal characteristics become one. However, I believe that thecharacters did a well job on facing the three main challenges of acting. Last but not least, thereare 4 specific design elements when it comes to creating a production, such as:Costume, Lighting, Sound Designer and producer. The one I’m going to be givingan example of is Costume designing. A costume designer basically creates acostume for each character in a play to portray an image to the audience or differentiatethem from other characters. The first character I am using is the killer, Lori,who wears a plain black sweater, black sweatpants, black shoes, and a groundhog mask. Usually when people are about to commit a crime they wear full onblack to hide in the dark and be unnoticeable. She also wore a ground hog mask,the reason I think this was such a great idea is because that same night afootball game was being held and many teens were wearing that same mask sinceit was being sold on campus, making it harder for “Tree” to figure out herkiller was.
For the second character, I am using Danielle Bouseman, a sororitysister, who is wearing a yellow sports bra, black running pants paired withrunning shoes to inform the audience she is going or probably coming back froma run or from exercising. The last character I am using is Tree Gelbman, andshe is wearing a short v neck dress that is loose and white. The reason she iswearing a dress is because she is going to a party and people usually weardresses to a special occasion. The reason I chose white is because it goes withthe character’s skin.