Students who are assigned a Crash movie analysis frequently have more questions than answers.
If you have conflicting feelings after watching this 2004 American drama film, you are not alone. However, you shouldn’t worry, because here you will find everything you need to know to make your Crash film review just perfect.
Positive or negative review?
The first thing you should know when starting your Crash film analysis is that you should not make it totally positive or totally negative. Yes, this movie received three (!!!) Oscars and was included in several lists of the best movies of all times.
However, it was reasonably criticized for reinforcing racial stereotypes and indirectly promoting the idea of white supremacy. Paradoxically, the movie motivating spectators to end racism on a personal level is full of prejudices and underlying motifs of white privilege. These are the questions you may ask in your film analysis essay:
- Why are all white characters in the film socially and economically secure?
- Why does a Hispanic character Daniel go with a shaved head and heavy tattoos?
- Why do Asian characters lack development and only exchange racial insults with others or are run over by a car?
The second thing you should remember is to minimize the Crash film summary. Most tutors will not appreciate a complete retelling of the plot. It would be better to express your stand and discuss only the most memorable episodes to support your claims. Here are some impressive scenes you may include into your Crash movie analysis to show that everyone has racial stereotypes:
- People do not trust a Hispanic locksmith Daniel, assuming that he is a member of a gang on no other grounds except the fact that he has many tattoos and a shaved head. A white middle class woman, Jean, is afraid that Daniel will give copies of their keys to the members of his gang. A Persian shop owner, Farhad, does not believe Daniel and refuses to change a shattered door of his shop. Because of that door, Farhad’s shop is robbed.
- Daniel’s daughter is afraid of sleeping in her bed when she hears a gunshot in their street. Daniel wants to comfort his child and tells her to use an imaginary cloak making her invisible. Later on, the girl tries to save her father with that ‘invisible cloak’ from angry Farhad who decides to take revenge for his shop.
- Tom Hansen is a white policeman who is irritated by the racist remarks of his partner Ryan and asks to switch his partner. However, Hansen kills a black guy, Peter, thinking that Peter draws a gun on him, whereas in fact Peter does not.
- Ryan is a white policeman who makes racist remarks and sexually molests a black woman, Christine, when searching her, but later saves Christine’s life by pulling her out of a burning car.
So, this condensed information is enough for writing an excellent Crash movie analysis. Mention strengths and weaknesses of this movie, express your main stand, discuss the most memorable scenes to support it and use the table of characters to avoid any confusion in your Crash drama movie analysis.