FILM AND AUDIENCE PERCEPTION: THE MESSAGE OF GARY MARSHALL’S PRETTY WOMAN (RE)VISITED
By OMOERA OSAKUE STEVENSON
This paper critically appraises the film, Pretty Woman as directed by Gary Marshall with emphasis on the lead characters’ ability to carry the message(s) of the film across to the audience. In doing this, the analytical approach was used to explore the themes embedded in the work. Besides, the relevance of the film to contemporary men and women, in terms of fashion trends was look at. In the end, the paper concludes that for a film to effectively serve as a medium of change, it must lend itself to the scrutiny, understanding and appreciation of the audience. Thus, the filmmakers must understand that filmmaking/videography is not just for money making but also a viable art form which taxes the perceptive “powers” of the viewing audience who ultimately enjoys and learns one or two lessons of life from such visual excursions.