Aaron’s initial selfish, arrogant personality which is only initial until the gradual realization of his lack of appreciation for his friends and family.
Aaron Ralston final “rebirth” as a man, after undertaking the amputation of his own aim and returning to his friends and family to live a new and refreshed and meaningful life. The opening scenes of ‘1 27 Hours’ depict Aaron Ralston as a man who is detached not only from society, but also from his family and friends. The consequence of such things are inevitable and in turn change Aaron’s life for the better.Danny Bayle utilizes the narrative features of characterization, miss en scene and visual effects to present Aaron Ralston as an independent adventurer at the beginning of the film. In the opening scenes of the film, Aaron is preparing for his lone cannoning experience in the Blue John Canyon, Utah.
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His fast-paced life involves no one else but himself in his lonely, dark apartment. From refusing to answer calls, to ignoring precautions Aaron is evidently ignorant and detached. Aaron’s character is very prideful and self-centered, his whole world revolves around him and revealing to canyons.The opening scenes uses the narrative feature of characterization. Bole’s utilizes characterization to present Aaron’s character and his life. Within the scene, it is visually evident that Aaron’s character is detached and alone through the way he presents himself. No dialogue is said through the opening scene until Ar on reaches the canyon.
The significance of this is that it implies that he is very secluded, and is his own space where communication is not necessary. The character of Aaron is very selfish and neglects to be in the company of others.Aaron’s life also chooses to “live in the moment” and is very adventurous. We see this through the presentation of Aaron heading to the canyon and seems like it is a traditional act that he does, and is very much used to what he is doing.
Bayle also uses visual elements to present the initial arrogance and the detached life Aaron lived. Split Screen editing is heavily incorporated in the opening scenes and presents various shots. The split screen in the opening scenes present Aaron as detached from society and the ongoing events around him one side of the screen shows a rood or audience enjoying themselves at a stadium.The shots present numerous people cheering and communicating with one another. This is in contrast to Aaron’s life as he is very comfortable in his own space and does not like to partake in the activities occurring, Aaron seems to not have time for other activities and for socializing as he only wants to test his limits and go out peopling. Shots of the subway station is also in the split screen. The people moving quickly in the subway and are constantly in the bright lights of the city differs significantly drop Aaron’s life. The middle of the split screen is Aaron in his apartment.
At this time, Bayle manipulates miss-en-scene into the shot to further emphasis Aaron’s detached life. Aaron is seen at his apartment and the place is very dimly lit, using low-key lighting to convey an ominous atmosphere. The dark apartment contrasts with the bright lights of the city and the fast-paced moving people. More importantly, Aaron’s life is secluded he barely sees other people which costs him in the future. Miss-en-scene displays the fridge with the multiple drinks available, but Aaron chose not to cake them. As Aaron prepares his equipment, he reaches up into a cupboard where miss-en-scene is utilized once more.The significance of Aaron getting everything in the cupboard except for the Swiss army knife, foreshadows trouble for Aaron and a potential loss. The symbolic references used in the opening scenes also contribute to the foreshadowing of Aaron’s future.
A key symbol within the Opening scene is the tap and the Water. The tap is dripping water ever so slowly which symbolizes the lack of water that Aaron gets when he is in the canyon. The slow drips represent the scarce amount of water Aaron is left with in the duration of his stay in the canyon. The water is symbolic of the thirst and emptiness that Aaron experiences.It also presents the idea of how unappreciative Aaron was, as even small things such as simple necessities of food, shelter and water he has taken for granted. These narrative features all contribute to presenting the main character for the film.
The narrative features create a stepping stone for the audience to see the character and unstated his current life. The narratives also heavily contribute o the foreshadowing which is considered as a narrative continuity, meaning that foreshadowing is evident throughout the film and is utilized widely.We learn through these narratives that it is important that we do not focus too much on what we love doing as it creates issues and barriers as well as making sacrifices which will not benefit us in the long run. The message that Bayle is conveying is to cherish what we have as we usually take for granted simple necessities, as well as having the presence of our loved ones. As time passes, Aaron’s character development is made apparent by the director through the SE of the narrative features such as dietetic sound, flashbacks & first-person narrative and visual elements.
As Aaron begins to reflect on his life he begins to think about the inappropriate of friends and family, and how he has taken these relationships for granted in the past. During this scene, Aaron’s thoughts drift to his past memories of Aaron as a child with his father. As Aaron is stuck and left in the cold canyon, the sun appears and travels towards him. A flashback Of Aaron then begins to appear with his family. The flashback begins with Aaron in the car as a child, sleeping.
The first person narrative of Aaron enables the audience woo witness the emotion and experience that Aaron shared with his father.The camera follows Aaron and his Father to the canyon as they watch the sunrise. At this point, the director begins to illustrate Aaron’s character development through the use of narrative features. He is presented in the beginning as arrogant, self-driven person who is detached from society. Throughout Aaron’s time in the canyon, he begins to realism, progressively, that he has been berry selfish, anti-social person who has not been detached, not only from the world, but also his friends and family. Bayle utilizes the narrative feature to convey the message of realization to the audience.Bayle uses dietetic sound of emotional, inspiriting music to further expand on the message.
As the scene progresses the dietetic soundtrack combined with the manipulation of time of the sun moving, creates a flashback for Aaron. The emotional music that Bayle use within the scene creates a sense of intimacy and a deep relationship. The music reflects the intimate bond that Aaron and his father once shared. The motif soundtrack is carried on throughout the film, n conveying the intended message of realization and relationships.
Visual elements were key in presenting such ideas and were used skillfully throughout the scene. The close up Of Aaron as the Sun lands on him, tells us of his suffering and that he begins to appreciate a small thing. This sparks a few more ideas to follow.
The multiple zooms to Aaron’s eyes enjoying the feeling of the warm sun, shows an inkling to Aaron’s sufferings as spending time in the canyon is significantly really cold. The camera then progresses to a long shot of Aaron’s father picking him up to take him to watch the sunrise.Significantly, the shot displays the sacrifice and hardships that Aaron’s father had faced yet chooses to do what he does so that his son will witness a beautiful sight that can never be experienced at home. The traditional act of watching the sunrise every so often, has slowly faded for Aaron’s life and ultimately has influenced his passion for considering. As the scene draws to a close, a high angle ? long shot is seen in the end displaying Aaron and his father.
The shot presents the vastness of the canyons and the beauty of the peace that surpasses and the satisfaction of witnessing the sunrise.