The Da Vinci Code and Spiderman
I am writing this essay to compare the way narrative and genre is established in the opening sequences of ‘The Da Vinci Code’ and ‘Spiderman’. Firstly I will talk about the general background of these two films then I will compare the way how Genre and Narrative is established in these two films.
The Da Vinci Code is a mystery/detective novel by an American author Dan Brown, published in 2003 by Doubleday Publishers. The film was released on May 19th 2006 directed by Ron Howard. The film was released after the book had been in the top 10 bestsellers for a year. Many people had high expectations of the film given the success of the novel.
The directors of the Da Vinci Code establish the genre of the film by way of the how music is used to create tension. For example, during the opening credits of the film the music starts at a slow pace then it gradually increases when the title of the film is shown. The classical music in the opening sequence portrays the mystery/thriller of the Da Vinci Code.
Moreover, the directors also establish the genre of the film by how they do not show the full image of the killer at the beginning. By not showing the full picture of the killer it makes the audience think who could be the killer.
Furthermore, the genre of the film can also be revealed by way of how the lighting is used. Dark lighting is used to build up suspense. In the scene where the killer is being shown, dark lighting is used so the image of the killer is not shown clearly.
Spiderman is a 2002 American superhero film based on the fictional Marvel comics character Spider-Man. The film was released on May 3rd 2002 directed by Sam Raimi. The film received multiple good reviews, went on to break box office records, and become the highest grossing film of 2002.
The directors of Spiderman portray the genre of the film by way of the iconography used in the credits which show a spider and its spider web. This is shown later in the film to be the same spider which gives Spiderman his superpowers.
In addition the genre of the film is established further by the content shown at the start of the film. At the starting of the film, Peter Parker a typical geek-glasses, failure to fit in, in love with the popular girl and gets aggravated by the more popular guys in the school shows that it has the content of a comic book/action film.
Furthermore, the directors also establish the Science fiction thriller genre of the film by way of showing that science is affects the life of the characters. For example, scarred of losing his job Mr Osbourne tests human enhancers on himself, the experiment goes wrong and turns Osbourne evil and he kills his assistant. This shows that science affects Mr Osbourne and makes him evil.
In the Da Vinci Code, the directors establish the genre of the film by using music and dark lighting to create tension. The slow classical music at start of the film and then it gradually speeding up when the title of the film is shown causes the audience to feel anxiety. This then portrays the mystery/thriller genre of the film.
However, in Spiderman the directors use content and style to show which genre the film belongs to. For example, the ordinary school kid gets superpowers and becomes a super hero scenario, is mostly used in comic book/ action films.