Smoke Signals

Topics: Sherman Alexie, Smoke Signals, Tonto Pages: 2 (569 words) Published: May 7, 2013
Martin Waweru
5 May 2013
The Smoke Signals
Smoke Signals is a film that was directed by Chris Eyre back in 1998.It was based on a collection of twenty two short stories by Sherman Alexie in his book, Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven.The book was published back in 1993. The film features Victor Joseph and Thomas Builds-the-Fire.They are brought up by Victor’s father, Arnold in an Indian Reservation in Plummer, Idaho. Arnold later abandons them and moves to Phoenix Arizona. When Arnold dies years later, Victor and Thomas have to travel to phoenix to collect his remains.During the journey, the differences in perspectives between Victor and Thomas is well seen. The movie adaptation of the Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistifight in Heaven is faced with a number of problems however the director tries to give solutions to most of them as I will discuss in my writing. The characters in the film are not well defined initially as the play starts with a house on fire.I believe this creates a lot of suspense to the viewers. A voice-over by Thomas tells us that his parents died in the fire during a party where the independence of the white man was being celebrated. Thomas as a baby is thrown out through the window where Arnold catches him. A voice over by Thomas says that Victor and he were born of fire. Later, the characters are well described. Victor is a basketball player while Thomas is a storyteller. Consistency is compromised with in the film in a number of instances. In the adaptation, the film does not start with events that are in, “Every Little Hurricane”, the first short story in the book, where Victor, his parents and his two uncles are introduced. However, Chris Eyre employs memories to reveal earlier information to viewers. On the other hand, Chris denies the viewers the strong feelings that they would get from reading the book. He is delivering the stories by Thomas in a more conventional way rather than presenting the narratives as they are in the book....
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