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'Mary and Max' by Adam Elliot. Literature Unit 4: Mood

A tale of friendship between two unlikely pen pals: Mary, a lonely, eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max, a forty-four-year old, severely obese man living in New York.

Mood

Mary and Max: Mood

 

Mood in film refers to the feelings evoked in the audience. It creates an emotional situation that surrounds the viewers and is used to help the viewer engage with the film. Mood can be generated by a variety of film techniques, eg., characterisation, setting, soundtrack, use of colour, camera angle, shot composition, and so on.

 

In the film “Mary and Max”, the director changes the mood quickly, as he wants to provoke an emotional response in the audience. Consider Max’s description of his cat, Hal. Max tells Mary that Hal is short for halitosis. The mood evoked in the audience is humour. However, in the next sentence, Max reveals how he got Hal. He had rescued him from some neighbourhood kids who had shot out Hal’s eye with a BB gun. At this moment, there is a shot of Hal turning around to reveal his scar and one eye. The mood instantly changes to something more sinister. Feelings of shock, sadness and sympathy, perhaps even black humour, are evoked in the audience.

 

Write a one page minimum response to the following question:

 

What moods are evoked in Mary and Max and how does the director achieve this? Use evidence from the film to support your answer. Consider the film techniques of characterisation, setting, plot, soundtrack, use of colour, camera angle, shot composition and so on.

 

 

Mary and Max: Mood

 

Mood in film refers to the feelings evoked in the audience. It creates an emotional situation that surrounds the viewers and is used to help the viewer engage with the film. Mood can be generated by a variety of film techniques, eg., characterisation, setting, use of colour, camera angle, shot composition, and so on.

 

In the film “Mary and Max”, the director changes the mood quickly, as he wants to provoke an emotional response in the audience. Consider Max’s description of his cat, Hal. Max tells Mary that Hal is short for halitosis. The mood evoked in the audience is humour. However, in the next sentence, Max reveals how he got Hal. He had rescued him from some neighbourhood kids who had shot out Hal’s eye with a BB gun. At this moment, there is a shot of Hal turning around to reveal his scar and one eye. The mood instantly changes to something more sinister. Feelings of shock, sadness and sympathy, perhaps even black humour, are evoked in the audience.

 

Write a one page minimum response to the following question:

 

What moods are evoked in Mary and Max and how does the director achieve this? Use evidence from the film to support your answer. Consider the film techniques of characterisation, setting, plot, soundtrack, use of colour, camera angle, shot composition and so on.