Change in Perspective in Mr. and Mrs. Smith

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In ‘Mr. and Mrs. Smith’, the composer, Doug Liman reveals the fact that a change in perspective is a natural part of life and that a change in perspective is inevitable. This can be seen in the scene where Jane is talking to her friend about what Jane must now do after finding that her husband was the shooter in the incident before hand. “You don’t love him?” “No”…”and you will kill him” “ok”. This dialogue between the two ladies shows the moment where Jane makes a decision that she doesn’t love her husband and will now attempt to kill him. The technique of a close up on Jane’s face when she states ‘No’ helps the responder agree with her and see her viewpoint. The close up adds emphasis to her comment and shows the level of seriousness she is displaying. As the pair converses, there are gaps in between the dialogue. This is critical in this scene to emphasise each sentence, as it is important and the turning point in this film. This technique is useful at this point as it helps the responder reflect on what is being said after each line. The fact that Jane is choosing now to go and kill her husband is a change in perspective that comes naturally, being fueled by the human emotions of anger, revenge and betrayal. In contrast, this point of a change in perspective is a natural part of life and a change of perspective is inevitable is strengthened when we see Jane in a restaurant after she thought she had killed her husband. A close up of her face displays a tear running down her cheek. The technique of symbolism with the tear shows us the love Jane still displayed for her husband John, when she thought she had killed him. The tear is an important symbol as emotions like sadness are only brought upon in much distress. The responder is shown that there is still love in this ‘ended relationship’ through the tear. It helps the responder feel the sadness that Jane feels which also helps the responder grow with the character. A technique of another close up, revealing a...
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