The Messenger Analysis

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The Messenger – Markus Zusak
A) The film starts off, introducing Ed Kennedy (the protagonist); your average underage taxi driver who is hopelessly in love with his best friend Audrey. Unfortunately she claims that she cares about Ed too much to begin dating. As Ed and his friend (Marv) are in a bank queue, an unexpected robbery commences. Ed is stated ‘hero’ after he coincidentally halts the robber’s escape. Shortly later, he receives an ace with a list of times and addresses. They symbolise a sequence of tasks that he must accomplish. Throughout the film, he receives more aces – three in fact. The last one contains his address. As Ed makes his way home, he is confronted by the robber from the bank. The robber admits that he’s been sending these aces, and, tells Ed that he is not the messenger, but the message. B) Ed Kennedy plays the main role; the so-called ‘messenger’ who completes a series of tasks which display a life message to the people associated with the task. Heath Ledger precisely fits this role as his acting skills are profound, based on previous movies including ‘The Dark Knight’. Other benefits include his age; it is relatively close to this character’s age which is a definite plus.

Heath Ledger playing as the joker, in The Dark Knight.

Audrey is debatably the second most important character. She is one of Ed's best friends whom, Ed adores greatly, but, unfortunately does not feel the same. Audrey is always by Ed's side throughout his quest. Elizabeth Reaser suits this character; Audrey is deemed ‘attractive’, some may say Reaser is too. Elizabeth is prominent for Catherine Hardwicke’s ‘Twilight’.

Elizabeth Reaser.

Marv is one of Ed’s ‘best’ friends. He is a typical footy-bloke who enjoys a few beers and a good time playing cards with his best friends. Along with Audrey, Marv assists Ed on his epic quest. A great actor to substitute this character would be Ed Helms; well-known for the greatest U.S. comedy skit series, “The Office” and...
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