Textual Analysis In 99 Home
Textual analysis of a screenplay requires observing all the elements that create meaning within the piece.
Based on true events 99 Homes skilfully tells one fictional story that speaks for thousands of true ones. (Persall, 2015)
It tells the story of Dennis (Andrew Garfield) an unemployed single dad that loses his house where he lives with his mother (Laura Dern) and his son (Noah Lomax) in an eviction conducted by Rick Carver (Michael Shannon). –This is the conflict, the problem that the script is about, is the essence of the narrative and it should be locked as quickly as possible (Blacker, 1986). Desperate to find a job and get his house back, Dennis makes the decision to work for Carver. As he begins to get more and more pulled into Carver’s world, Dennis finds …show more content…
Costume is another important aspect that helps tell a story visually. In 99 homes, costume plays the role of portraying the rich, the poor and the authority. (See appendix 2)
Batty (2011) proposes that narrative is based on two main components: the physical journey and emotional journey, theorizing that a costume on screen can be seen a visual symbol of a character’s transformation.
In the second act, Dennis starts wearing clothes similar to Carver’s. This is a clear visual cue that the character is changing.
In the last scene, there are no references to the character’s physical appearance, which can mean that it hasn’t changed. It can be argued, using Batty’s idea of emotional journey with physical journey, that even though at this point in the narrative Dennis is extremely conflicted about what to do, he’s still in the villain’s shoes ( in this case, clothes). The emotional change hasn’t happened, therefore, neither has a physical