TO WHAT EXTENT DO YOUR CHOSEN AMERICAN FILMS CONFORM TO GENRE CONVENTIONS
I will be analysing two films: The Hunger Games, by Gary Ross, 2013, and Gladiator, by Ridley Scott, 2004.
Both films could be regarded as action/thriller films, even though both also have links to other genres: Hunger Games features elements of sci-fi, and Gladiator has a clear classical/period setting. Nevertheless, the core narrative is of action and suspense.
Action/thriller films feature a series of conventional elements. Key to these are strong antagonists and protagonists, a problem that needs to be resolved, and the requirement for a “happy ending” for the protagonist. While both these texts share these conventions, they reveal them in different ways, and modify and adapt them to some extent.
Section 1: Antagonists (Capitol / Commodus)
One clear genre convention conformed to in the films is the use of the antagonist or antagonists…
Section 2: Protagonists (Maximus / Katniss)
Section 3: The problem (Todorov – disruption)
Section 4: Equilibrium / narrative resolution