The Opening Scene Analysis

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This scene sets up much of the exposition for the film as well as introducing characters. It begins with Carl and Ellie’s wedding, which takes place in a church. A camera flashes and Ellie jumps onto Carl, passionately kissing him. Two wide shots show first Ellie’s family and then Carl’s family. Ellie’s family goes crazy, jumping with joy and applauding excitedly. Carl’s family begrudgingly but politely claps, unsmiling. This series of shots show a lot about how each of the two characters was raised as well as how it affected them. Ellie’s family is much more rambunctious and excited, which has clearly shaped who Ellie has become. This is seen when Ellie jumps onto Carl to kiss him. Carl’s reserved family has clearly raised him to be a more …show more content…
The two are seen fixing up the old, broken down house while still bearing their wedding attire, showing how eager they are to have a life together. A medium wide shot shows Carl and Ellie each slide a chair to the center of their living …show more content…
A panning shot follows Carl and Ellie as they slow dance in their living room, but the shot stops on the Paradise Falls jar, forgotten behind a stack of books. Carl looks upset when he finds the jar and realizes that they had forgotten about their dream trip. A wide shot shows Carl at a travel agency buying airplane tickets to Paradise Falls. A close up shows him tuck the tickets into a picnic basket to surprise Ellie. The wide shot of the hill with the tree on top appears again, but this time they are old and Carl runs up the hill, excited to surprise Ellie. However, Ellie collapses to the ground before she can reach the top of the hill. This shot is darker than the first time this location appeared. It is sunset, and it is also Fall rather than Spring. Fall is commonly known as a transition state, and is often used to symbolize a transition or change. This example is no exception, as it is transitioning Carl’s life with Ellie to Carl’s life without her. The sunset has the same effect. It is the transition from a bright day to a dark night, symbolizing the transition from Carl’s bright, happy life to a sad, darker

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