Boys Don't Cry
Although it depicts platonic and romantic relationships, the film creates a sense of disillusionment concerning the American Dream, considering the rampant intolerance against the transgender and LGBT communities in modern America.
(1) Although the film depicts a somber mood, it highlights the possibility of having both platonic and romantic relationships at the same time. (2) The film exposes the intolerance of the American society towards the transgender and LGBT communities despite the inherent rights of those people to coexist within the larger society. (3) Race and social class play a significant role in determining violence meted on the LGBT people, considering the diversity of the people.
Platonic and romantic relationships are evident in the film, and they revolve around Brandon. In essence, Brandon has a romantic relationship with Lana who does not understand the transgender nature of her boyfriend (Boys Don't Cry). On the other hand, Brandon has platonic relationships with Tom and John who are unaware of his sexual orientation. When it comes to intolerance against the transgender and LGBT communities, it is worth noting that the film ends tragically after a gruesome violence. Besides, John and Tom strip Brandon naked to establish his gender before raping him and killing him. Race and gender are crucial components of the theme in that all the characters including the police, Lana, John, and Tom are in pursuit of establishing gender identity.
The film exposes intolerance to the transgender and LGBT people in the United States despite the liberty that the Constitution grants all Americans. The intolerance to transgender is so rampant that the proponents are willing to invoke violence on their victims. Gender identity is at the core of the films plot, and all the characters involved are insensitive to the transgender and other sexual orientations, perhaps because it is a new thing in the public domain. Although it depicts platonic and romantic relationships, the film creates a sense of disillusionment concerning the American Dream, considering the rampant intolerance against the transgender and LGBT communities in modern America.
Thomas endures and accepts Arnold as his father although an identity journey reveals how Arnolds behavior killed his parents, a phenomenon that brings Thomas and Victor together as they embark on a journey of self-discovery.
(1)The film characterizes Arnold with child abandonment, alcoholism, and abuse, his son Victor is tolerant enough to put up with him, perhaps because of his close relationship with Thomas.(2) Despite the fact that Arnolds recklessness caused the death of Thomas parents, Thomas has affection for Arnold for rescuing him as an infant during the tragic fire. (3) The film highlights how the identity search can reconcile characters with bitter past as in the case of Victor and Thomas.
Arnold comes out as an irresponsible father and adult because of his uncouth behaviors. For instance, he is an alcoholic and abuser who abandoned Victor, his son, during his infancy (Smoke Signals). Despite all that, Victor still finds it within his heart to forgive his father. Victors endurance of his father brings him closer to Thomas who is also a victim of Arnolds misdemeanors. Although Arnolds drunken behaviors led to the death of Thomas parents, Thomas considers Arnold a hero for having rescued him from the fire. Meanwhile, the journey of identity reveals that Victor and Thomas have a lot in common, particularly when it comes to suffering in the hands of Arnold who is the focal point. In the end, Thomas and Victor get together in spite of their distinct personalities.
The film depicts Arnold as an irresponsible man whose misdemeanors lead to the misfortunes of others, especially Thomas and Victor. Although Arnold commits many ills, he still finds forgiveness in his son Victor, and Thomas. In fact, Thomas views Arnold as a hero for saving his life during the fire incident. This happens notwithstanding the fact that Arnold robbed Thomas parents. However, Victor and Thomas reconcile their differences to become best friends. Thomas endures and accepts Arnold as his father although the identity journey reveals how Arnolds behavior killed his parents, a phenomenon that brings Thomas and Victor together as they embark on a journey of self-discovery.
Straight Outta Compton
The American gangster rap music works both positively and negatively in influencing the society, especially the African American community, depending on the lyrics, intention, and conduct of the rappers.
(1)The use of gangster rap music to relay the message of hope to the African American community although it encourages defiance against the lawful authorizes to a given extent. (2) The movie highlights gang violence, crime, and police harassment as some of the many challenges that the African Americans face daily. (3) Gangster rap music is full of accusations, counteraccusations, and attacks among the members, as is evident among Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, and Eazy E.
The accusations, counteraccusations, and attacks among the gangster rap group members, namely Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, and Eazy E., promote impunity through gun violence, drug dealing, gang violence, and crime (Straight Outta Compton). The movie plays a significant role in highlighting police harassment and crime although it promotes impunity to a considerable extent. For example, the forbidden song "Fuck tha Police" sparks riots and running battles between the fans and the police.
The film is biographical in nature featuring the musical life of the gangster rap group named N.W.A. The main members of the group include Dr. Dre, who is an aspiring DJ, Ice Cube, who is an upcoming rapper, and Eazy-E., who plays the role of a drug dealer. The troika focuses on producing music that highlights gang violence, police harassment, and crime, especially as they occur in the African American neighborhoods.