PMA Proposal 1: Bedtimes Stories’ Rhetorical Impact

Bedtime Stories, starring Adam Sandler, is one of the many classic comedy fantasy films that toy into both reality and fiction. Bedtime Stories is a film that I have chosen to discuss because it inhibits several attributes used in film such as mise en scene and realism. The plot revolves around Skeeter (Adam Sandler) and his niece and nephew, when he tells bedtime stories and comes to a surprise when these fairytales come to life. My interpretation of the movie focuses on how the film was put together through the fictional scenes when telling the stories and how the “coming to life” aspect resembled reality. What captured my interest the most is the fact that the bedtime stories Sandler tells reflects the “realism” aspect that we’ve discussed, of representing real-life situations in his life in both a fictional and real way. In this analysis, I’d also like to discuss the way this film compliments mise en scene. As mentioned in class, mise en scene can be reflected in film fiction, where each element in a scene has been carefully placed in each shot. The fairytale scenes in this film present this idea as all aspects such as costumes, characters, and settings play an essential role to make the movie target its key theme and audience. This film encompasses a rhetorical facet being that the fictional and realistic scenes compliment one another and showcasing qualities and situations true to life. Below is a short clip showing an example of the realistic tendency utilized in this film.

One thought to “PMA Proposal 1: Bedtimes Stories’ Rhetorical Impact”

  1. This is a potentially interesting topic, but I’m concerned that you may not be able to identify a clear *argument* in the film, that is, something the film tries to convince the viewer of. If you are unable to identify such an argument now, I would recommend identifying a different topic for your first PMA.

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