Big Night has a very impactful message of what it means to affirm our humanity and creatively shows how we go about embracing this can be either good or bad for those around us. I do not believe that it is accurate to classify the term “humanity” as morally good actions done to help our fellow mankind, but rather believe that “affirming our humanity” refers to exemplifying what makes us truly human. This includes a wide spectrum of morality and ethics which must be embraced in order for us to fully understand ourselves. I believe Big Night is a film that boldly illustrates the wide range of things that make us human, whether they be good or bad. Applying a literary lens to our mind while watching Big Night allows the viewer to see how some of the plot styles used in this film, particularly comedy, tragedy and rebirth, relate to this idea of affirming our humanity albeit in drastically different ways. Using a scriptural lens, we can reveal other aspects such as corruption and redemption story arcs and how they relate to affirming what it means to be human.
Big Night ensures that it keeps it subtle charm by employing comedic scenes to ensure that the story never gets too dark. Although we feel sorry for the two brothers and their failing business we never become overcome by darkness and sadness. This comedy plot is used primarily by Secondo when dealing with other people, whether they be coworkers or customers. And besides the impact on the viewer of the comedic scenes, they seemingly echo Secondo’s inner character in the earlier parts of the film. His optimism towards succeeding with the Paradise restaurant and capturing the American dream in the first half of the film ensures that Secondo is a light and ...
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...alvation and redemption despite previous actions or lifestyles.
As evidenced above, there are many ways to examine a film, particularly with Big Night, and many different messages as a result. As such, it is important that we use several lenses and scopes to study movies and Big Night is certainly no exemption to this. By examining through a literary lens we found that comedy, drama and rebirth plot points were present in the film and each affirmed our humanity in a different way. Likewise, using a scriptural lens we saw corruption and redemption story arcs that that each sent out their own message about humanity. Yet, despite the wide range of messages presented by Big Night they all revolve around reaffirming what it is that makes us human. As a result, Big Night is a wonderful film for promoting introspective thought on what we inherently are as human beings.
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