Yuki Feng Sept.25
It’s Kind of a Funny Story
As a comedy-drama film, “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” is directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. The movie is fascinating but as a low budge movie, most of the scenes in this film take place in a psychiatric hospital. Craig (Keir Gilchrist), the main character, who attempts suicide since he is under the pressure of paternal expectations. After his failed suicide, Craig voluntarily goes to the psychiatric hospital. And during his hospitalization, Craig meets a whole bunch of people who make him see things in different perspectives. Bobby (Zach Galifianakis), who takes Craig under his wing in the hospital and let him know why life is worth living, becomes real friend with Craig. Noelle, a girl who is also a patient and has scars on her body, encourages Craig to draw pictures to show his feelings. The climax is an imaginative city map which Craig describes as "like my own brain” makes Craig realize that the artist is the role that he wants to play in the future. The entire story focuses on the pressure and depression which the teenagers are facing. And it keeps expressing that everyone needs to know the value of their lives, and they need to put down the stress in order to move back to a normal life. As the directors of “It’s Kind of a Funny Story”, Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck use few ways to make the movie more intriguing. Firstly, they use the first point of view to tell the audience about the story so the audience will be able to resonate with the main character Craig. The transition and jump cut are also used to make the movie choppy. And when Craig and Noelle are running up the stairs, the tracking shot is used to show their excitement. Secondly, the costumes perfectly show the characters’ emotion and characteristic. For instance, after Noelle witnesses that Craig says love to Nia who is a girlfriend of Craig’s best friend, she changes a shirt which has “I hate boys” on it. It explains that Noelle feels pretty...
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