"A Raisin in the Sun"

Essay by congee_manJunior High, 9th grade December 2002

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The movie starts off with Ruth be awoken by her alarm clock. It talks about how Ruth wakes everyone up and tries to get them ready for work or school. Everything in the beginning of the story is told as in the book. Even the lines and the order are pretty much the same. When Walter wakes up, his first question was if the check had come and Ruth tells him that she doesn't want to think about money right in the morning, which is exactly as written in the novel.

In the movie I liked it in general because it solved many questions I had in my mind. For example, the character, Joseph Asagai, was wearing a suit and a tie. I thought he would have been wearing Nigerian clothing, with some sort of hat. It was not what I was expecting. The whole movie was very good because all the actors were extremely dramatic and good at expressing how they felt.

The camera angles were very nice too. You could always see the face of the characters when they were talking and dancing. It was very clear to see all the expressions on the face of the characters. The music had a very good effect during the movie too. They played soft, slow music when Ruth and Walter were dancing happily, a loud, thunderous music when Walter lost the many and many more.

The only actual thing that I did not really like was the fact that it was in black and white and the fact that they only have like 5 different sets for the movie. I cannot blame them though because back then everything was in black and white and because the film was based on play, I guess there weren't too many different sets.