Look, Listen, Analyze – Dumb and Dumber

For this Look, Listen, Analyze write up, I chose to use the Dumb and Dumber (Pretty Woman) scene.  I’ve never seen the movie but I’ve heard a lot about it.  This one stood out to me above all because I love comedies and thought I would enjoy analyzing this one more than the other options available.

               It looks kind of … dumb haha

Camera Work:

For this part of the write up, we were suppose to watch the video without sound.  I watched it all the way through once and then went back and watched it again, except, I paused it after each cut to analyze it and jot down some notes.

After analyzing the scene, I noticed that the camera cut 10 times.  The clip was only 1 minute and 49 seconds.  It seemed like 10 cuts were a lot for such a short clip but it really helped the scene flow.  Watching the scene out of context was really… interesting.  I had no idea why there would be a scene where the main characters were getting pedicures and I found it a tad odd.  In the scene, Jim Carrey’s character, Lloyd, tried on three different suits for his friend Harry (Jeff Daniels).  I found it interesting that the director didn’t put that part of the scene one after another.  Instead, the director added other events in between.

Some of Ebert’s methods were shown in the video; such as Lloyd in the background and toward the left with Harry in the foreground but blurred.  This causes Lloyd to become the focal point of the scene.

Audio Work:

For this part of the write up, we were suppose to listen to the video with just the sound.  The song that was used as background music was Pretty Women by Roy Orbison.  After watching the video, the choice of song made total sense.  It seemed like Lloyd and Harry were getting ready for an event.  In addition to the song, there were subtle noises that I heard while listening to the video.  I heard a glass breaking, a squishing noise, laughing, growling, the use of scissors, a blender, multiple animal noises and clapping.  The fact that all of these noises put together is pretty weird for a movie.  But then again…the title of the movie is Dumb and Dumber.

All the elements together:

After, watching the video with the sound, think I appreciated it more.  I felt like I could finally enjoy watching the clip with all of the elements together.  To me, everything made sense; the music and Lloyd and Harry getting ready for their “night out.”  At the end of the clip, the line, “give your smile to me” plays and Lloyd walks out in an orange suit while Harry applauds in agreement.  I think that was done on purpose because the action with the lyrics were just too perfect for it to be a coincidence.

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2 thoughts on “Look, Listen, Analyze – Dumb and Dumber

  1. Clear and helpful analysis.
    I find this one of the hard assignments. Not sure if it is my in lack of being able to focus or what. Your explanation analyzes, but also tells your thoughts on how to do it which helps those of us that might be lost. Thanks!

    and now I want to listen to that clip – good ear. You will be great at the sound story assignment. 🙂

    1. Thank you for your kind words! I, too, found this assignment to be difficult. It took me a while to sit down and concentrate on watching and listening to the clip.

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