Movie Critiques: A Raisin in the Sun 2008 Critique

•Each 100 point value for a total of 300 points (100×3=300).
•Please put all three critiques in one folder (No three ring binders). 
•Name on each critique.
•Name on outside of folder.
•One must be a critique of A Raisin in the Sun.
•One must be a Musical (NOT Shown in Class).
•One can be either a live play or a play that is available on DVD or Netflix i.e.: The Crucible, Rent, Les Miserables or ANY PLAY that was turned into a film. (Not shown in class).

*Each critique must be a minimum of two typed pages

*Remember this critique is not a summary, but what you like and what you don’t like about the play/DVD. You must give detailed examples from the play or film to support and illustrate your opinion.

Student Name

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Film and Theatre Studies.

A Raisin in the Sun 2008 Critique


The award-winning flick A Raisin in the Sun, a screenplay adaptation of a play composed by Lorraine, wasremade in 2008 after its first production in 1961. The film centered around the lives of members of an African-American family brings out various themes as the family confronts economic hardships and bigotry. Faith represents one dominant theme that comes out depicted by the Lena Younger and her family persevering through the challenges occasioned by tough economic times. The move to acquire a new home for the family after receiving the $10000 check from the insurance firm following the demise of the family’s patriarch highlights a leap of faith made by the family despite the cash crunch. Another thematic aspect of the film A Raisin in the Sun revolves around the importance of family ties. Lena and her extended family live in a cramped two-bedroom apartment, which makes it necessary for them to share amongst them.

Personal Perspective

Production Set. The storyline revolving around the African American family unfolds in a cramped two-bedroom apartment in Southside Chicago during the post-World War II period. The communal washrooms that residents in the flat have to share highlight a stark contrast to the house purchased by Lena after receiving the $10000 check from the insurer after her husband’s demise. The chosen shared apartment manages to bring out the underlying theme of poverty that plagues Lena’s family.

            Film techniques adopted by the movie producer also accentuate the various thematic features of this flick. The varying camera shots and angles used throughout the film implicitly convey multiple messages to the audience. For instance, the close-up shots of Walter’s and Lena’s hands in contrast to those of their employer bring out the rift in class. Furthermore, exterior shots taken of Lena and her neighborhood on her way to work highlights the stack contrast between the poverty and affluence. The director also makes use of lighting to bring out the central theme of poverty in the film. The limited access to natural light and the dimly lit apartment shared between members of three generations of an African-American family highlights the bleak hope they harbor about the future. Another important aspect of the production set revolves around the choice of language used by the characters. Both Lorraine in her initial composition and the directors in the screenplay adaptation manage to utilize language to bring the character traits. For instance, remarks made by Lena during the play ‘in my mum’s house there is still God’ highlights the Christian beliefs entrenched into the family. In another instance, Beneatha remarks ‘Mama! You do not understand. Life is all about ideas, and God represents one idea that I firmly disagree on’. This instance highlights Beneatha’s opinionated perception about religion and the tendency by humans to believe in a ‘Higher Being’…

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