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Critical Analysis of The Story of Joan of Arc by Luc Besson

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The story of Joan of arc was written and directed by Luc Besson in 1999. The film’s sense occurs in the historical period while England invaded French. The messenger is a mixture of war and religion. First, I will describe the character in the movie, second, I will give a plot summary, third I will tell what I like or dislike, and there will be the conclusion at the end. During the spring day, a France girl name Jeanne runs happily on the grass field. Suddenly, she hears a strange voice from the sworn calling her name twice. She carries sworn upward to the sky, then immediately the girl is sent to the war field where her village located. Her sister name Catherine hides Jeanne from the English army in one small space that seems like a closet. Jeanne sees the English army harm her sister by the sexual act. She is extremely furious. On a rainy night, she goes to the church, and she makes a promise to be God’s man. When she becomes an adult, she transfers the message to Dauphin who later will be crowned as the king of France. She visits Dauphin in person at Chinon. She told Dauphin that she is a messenger sent by God. She is the only one that can protect French from enemies, and she will help Dauphine to the King.

The conversation ended, Dauphin let john handle places for Jeanne to rest. Jeanne says that she wants to involve with France’s military and get the land of Orleans back from England. She is continuous that she needs a glass of water, armor, sword, a new warhorse and someone who can read and write. John replies he can read and write because he used to study at The University of Paris. To be trusted, Jeanne needs to examine her virgin, and lucky she passes the test. There are more than five priests ask Jeanne to give pieces of evidence to prove that she was sent by God. Later, she is excepted to be a part of France’s army, and she is sent to Orleans. John introduces Jeanne to the Dauphin’s half-brother name Dunois, but he does not seem to welcome her because they only see Jeanne as a girl. She is extremely angry with the way that Dunois treats her. She rushes to get scissors and cut her hair. The next French army begins the war without telling her. Jeanne gets on her horse being in the front line and yells to the army ‘follow me and I will give you victory’. She won the battle. She continuous to attack Tourelles, but Dunois disagrees with her. After she climbs up a ladder, she gets shot from English’s solider. The men sent her to rest, and she has a nightmare. The next morning she shouts to everyone ‘the battle has begun’. At first Dunois blame that she does not even know how to use Tower. However, her trick helps the French’s army get into Tourelles, and she brings back the victory. After, the Dauphin becomes the king of France. Everything has changed, the king of France betrays her, and got caught by Burgundians. In end, Jeanne burned in the fire.

There are four main characters in the movie such as Jeanne, John, Dunois, and Dauphin. First, Jeanne is the lead character in the film, and she believes that she is a messenger sending from God. She helps dauphin to be the king of French by attacking England. She is absolutely brave, and she trusts her fate. She practices every order that God wants her to do. She is never afraid to sacrifice her life for her Load and her king. She is the one who brings victory for France. Second, Aulon is the man who pretends to be the king in the first sense of the film. In the movie, he graduated from the University of Paris, one of the oldest universities that still exists today. He closes and trusts with Jeanne the most. Third, Dunois is Dauphin’s brother and is the military commander during the war in Orleans. He mostly argues with Jeanne, and he also looks down on Jeanne because she is a woman. Forth, Dauphin is the king of France. He crowded to be the king because he got help from Jeanne. After he becomes the king, he never sends solider to Jeanne to complete her mission, and at the end of the film, he betrayed her. The movie is seriously enjoyable and every character in the film act with experience. The film help student to understand more about the important roles of religious and illustrate the huge impact of religious on people in the past. Moreover, the movie also uses women as the symbol of messenger which provides significant value to women from around the world. However, two things made this film incomplete. First, the film never tells what is the message from the god sending to Jeanne. They only mention the wind, the clouds, the dance, the bell sound, and the fast movement. The problem is Jeanne only think by herself that she is a messenger. Second, in the middle of the movie Jeanne got attack by an English soldier. The arrow points into her heart, and she takes the arrow out from her skin. Her heart bleeding so fast, but she falls asleep, as nothing happens at all. The next morning, she gets recover without getting any treatment with medicine. This sense of movie is completely impossible.

In conclusion, the messenger: the story of Joan of the arc is an amazing film with remarkable sensitivity, and it fits with those who are interested in history. The scenes of the film are mostly Poetic and Christianity. The film is highly recommended for anyone who wants to extend their knowledge about Christianity. Each scene is not annoying, and interest watcher to keep watching until the story end.

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