Friday Night Lights Movie Analysis Essay

1817 Words Nov 1st, 2016 8 Pages
The movie Friday Night Lights is based on a real life best seller Friday Night Lights: A Town, A Team, and a Dream, by author H.G. Bissinger. The movie’s setting takes place at Permian High School in Odessa, Texas in 1988 when the tension between races was still strong in some areas of the south. There is some focus in some areas of the film that has to do with racial tension and the ongoing conflict between the student body and the city as a whole. Even though desegregation had happened by the time the book was written and the film was made, the schools at times were still racially divided. I also felt the movie showed how this football program exploited their black athletes. Of interest to me was the film’s following of the two main football players who are black. Boobie Miles and Ivory Christian. They are as equally respected as their white equivalents on the football field, but the film goes on to illustrate how attitudes change when these players walked off the field. The movie touches on the many controversial subjects like, racism, hypocrisy, and failure, whereas the book it is interpreted from being extremely socially-oriented, and centered primarily on racial issues and educational priorities. At first glance, some of the scenes in the movie were actually filmed in the football stadium the Panthers play in yet, other home games appeared as if they had chosen another Texas stadium to film therefore, it does not stay consistent to the backdrop of the film. Football…

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