Title: Rent

Writer: Stephen Chbosky (screenplay), Jonathan Larson (book)

Director: Chris Columbus

Year: 2005

Major Actors: Taye Diggs, Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Rosario Dawson, Jesse L. Martin, Idina Menzel

Lighting: The main lighting that is used in the movie Rent is low-key lighting. This type of lighting is used because the movie is very dark in the sense that it revolves around New York, Aids, and complicated love. Most of the scenes have very low lighting because it is night and is based in a low income part of New York. The low-key lighting shows how serious the movie really is. The effects of Aids on America, homosexual relationships, drugs, and nightclub dancer are just a few of the many dark stories within the movie. The benefits of this type of lighting were that throughout the movie, the viewer sees how deep the message is and they can relate to the characters because the stories happen in today’s society. Low-key also contributes to the theme because of how dark the movie’s message is and how well the dark lighting helps to create the mood. The genre that Rent is based on is drama, musical, and romance. A lot drama films naturally have low lighting to set the mood and to create the emotion in the movie. Since it is a musical about dark messages, the lighting again fits into the general theme of the movie. Towards the end of the movie, when the characters accept life as it is and move on, there is high-key lighting used to express that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. This lighting shows triumph over dark situations that the characters had to go through. If the movie were to use high-key lighting throughout and low-key lighting at the end, the message would be completely different. The story would have to end in tragedy for this to happen. Since it starts low and ends high, it is the perfect lighting for this movie.

This review was based on an assignment that I did in college. I love the movie! It is dark in the story and each character has their own complicated love story and even more complicated personal issues. Even though their issues are not always resolved by the end of the movie, each character develops self-love and acceptance of their situation. If you can tolerate the dark story line, I encourage you to watch this wonderfully made musical.



IMDb. (2005, November 23). Rent. Retrieved from http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0294870/

Rent. (2008, August 21). Rent Movie Trailer. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMIWNmyMEvI

Rent [Photograph] n.d. Retrieved April 9, 2015, from http://deliberationsonlife.blogspot.com/

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