Cinematic Excursions: The Draw of Place & Setting In Film

Travis McClain

Bats: R, Throws: R. How Acquired: Traded for a player to be named later. I hold a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Louisville, earned in history. I have lived with Crohn's disease since 2005, and chronic depression since my youth. I bring into each film that I view a world view shaped by those and other parts of my background. I try to be mindful of the socio-political themes and implications of movies, intended or otherwise, and that surely shows in my blog pieces. I also love doughnuts.

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2 Responses

  1. johnmason says:

    The first half of WALL·E really gives a feeling of loneliness on an abandoned and sand-blasted Earth.

    And come to think of it, I really love the first half of I Am Legend, with Will Smith and his dog alone in a New York City going to seed. It’s far from the best movie I’ve ever seen, but I found that film contained several truly effective sequences like that, and a great anchoring performance by Smith.

  2. Travis McClain says:

    “WALL-E” really did create a very engrossing environment. We really got a sense of what daily life on that bleak future Earth was for the little guy, and we were there with him for the monotony of his life. That’s definitely part of why I think so many of us responded so enthusiastically to the relationship between WALL-E and Eve; she was exciting to him and to us, after spending so much time doing nothing in the beginning of the film. There’s an allure to her; she’s entirely alien in his filthy, obsolete place.

    And when we later discover that the most exciting thing for humanity is to reclaim that filthy, obsolete place for themselves, we’ve already become entirely invested in the whole film. I think you’re on to something, johnmason, about how important the opening Earth scenes are to the appeal of that film.

    (I haven’t seen “I Am Legend” yet, so I’ll spare you a second dissertation.)