We can tell it is a Sci-Fi film because there are lots of gadgets, aliens and references to other planets. We can tell it is an Action film because there is lots of action and running. People like watching this sort of film because it makes you sit at the edge of your seat and wonder what will happen next, but at the same time it is very funny and not at all creepy. It is popular because it has just the right amount of everything in it and very good actors play very good parts!
The scene is set at night-time in a dark desert with a road running through it. It looks very cold and empty. I would feel alone, scared and lost if I was there.
The lighting is very affective, as it is a dark blue it makes the desert look even more deserted and cold and scary. It is quite dark because it is night-time. It makes me feel small and venerable. It also gives it an eerie look and sometimes aliens and space/planets are associated with the colour blue. It is as if it is trying to show you how big the universe actually is.
A variety of sounds and music is used in the film to show how, at the very begging, that the planets and stars are beautiful sanctuaries to the aliens, where as the earth is like hell to them. The sound is very fast when it is a shot of the dragonfly is on earth but nice, slow and twinkly when it is in the sky. The Music helps the audience to think weather the moment is to be feared or laughed at and it also helps them to realise what happens next. The opening is quite dramatic as the bug faces near death several times, at those points the music is fast and loud. It makes you feel exited and nervous at the same time.
Camera angles are used a lot by the director to put emphasis on something someone has said, done, or is doing or to show what someone looks like/there facial expression. There are many different camera angles including the low angle shot. This is of the police, taken from behind the two police cars. It shows them with their guns and makes them look big and powerful. It also makes them look clever and in charge.
Another good shot is the extreme close-up. It is actually a bit freaky but it is actually very funny. It occurs in two funny parts. One of them is when the bug is flying in the road and it is about to be squashed, and for about one second it is so close to the camera that when it splats on the windscreen it makes the audience feel like it is splatting on them! The other is when Agent K tells one of the ‘immigrants’ that he is ugly but he obviously doesn’t speak Spanish because he just smiles and nods! In the extreme close up you can see he is ugly and it makes the audience cringe and laugh.
A different shot that I thought was effective was the track shot. It was of all the immigrants lining up outside the van with Agent K talking to them and it makes them look almost as if they are standing in a bus station queue or a fire squad ready for service. It shows that Agent K is in charge and lets the audience know he is a good guy and cares for the other immigrants, also that he is the boss. It looks like a Commander giving orders to his fellow soldiers ready for battle.
Different characters are displayed in different ways, or instance, the police officers are shown as big powerful people in charge, so that is what we assume they are. They achieve this look by using the low angle shot making us look up to them. They are actually very stupid and dumb and just bumble about and just let the Men In Black take over without putting up a fight.
The Men In Black are presented as clever slick people, they wear smooth black suits and dark tinted shades and pull up in a black streamlined ford. They act like they’re in charge… and they are! They are very calm when they uncover the alien, like they have dealt with them before and are very experienced.
At first the alien acts like a stroppy teenager and as though he is the most innocent creature on earth. Even he doesn’t speak English you can still tell by his tone of voice and his bodily language what he is saying. When he sees a police officer spying in on them he goes into a frenzy and running towards him as if he would kill him.
When the immigrants are told to get out the van they come across as scared and upset. They know the police have caught them and think that they will all be going to jail. They look very poor in their ragged clothing and when told to get out the van look very reluctant to do so.
I think the film starts with the (flying) dragonfly to start with something simple to build up on, also so that it will still capture the audience’s attention whilst the credits come on. It also gives the viewers time to look at the scenery, take it all in, and figure out where the scene is set. I think the audience gets a bit confused at the beginning because it doesn’t really have anything to do with men or black, let alone men in black. After the bug eventually dies, and the van pulls up near the police cars, it starts to get more interesting, it makes you want to watch the rest of it because you want to know who the people are, why the van has been stopped, and what will happen next.
I think it is important that special effects are shown at this stage because it shows off what they can do and draws the viewers in. Also, if there are special effects at the beginning, then there must be some in the film as well.
I think the opening is meant to attract the viewer’s attention and draw them in. By the end of the opening I feel really craved to watch the rest of the film. I felt really involved in the film and it took a lot to not watch the rest. I really do want to watch it though because it has so many interesting, funny and freaky things going on in it.
I think the opening is really effective because it is just like cake, it just the right amount of all the ingredients to make it irresistible! It has lots of C.A.D (computer aided design) in it and lots of surprises and edge of seats moments. It is the perfect starter to get you ready for the main meal!