Crooklyn: A Review


Crooklyn is the story of how one family (The Carmichael’s) struggles to survive and stay together, as they experience one very special summer in their crowded, but cozy Brooklyn neighborhood nickname “Crooklyn” for the magical, crazy, remarkable experiences in their hometown.
Told from the point-of-view of 10-year old Troy, often referred to as “Lady Bug” by her struggling musician father, Woody and strong-willed mother, Carolyn. Crooklyn goes on to give us tons of touching episodes, which depicts the life styles of the Carmichael family. From the fights between Troy and her brothers, mother and father disagreements, and the death of the mother, captures the life of one family struggling ...

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concentrated on the expression of African-American culture based on required class readings.
GENERAL ANALYSIS

Title
The title Crooklyn is symbolic of the actual city Brooklyn. Crooklyn is the nickname Brooklyn gained because of its magical and crazy experiences. Before seeing the movie, the title gave a perception of crime and decent in a typical urban city; however, the movie was very family-oriented.

Opening scenes
The opening scenes showed a typical day in the lives of those who make up the urban black communities. This was supported with the popular 70’s tune “People make the world go round”. A sign stating “A healthy block is a clean block” was shown followed by visions of homes in Brooklyn during the 1970’s. There were also reminders of children’s games during the 70’s. Girls were playing popular hand games, double-dutch jump rope, and hopscotch. The boys were engaged in games of marbles, board game baseball, and kick the can. The movie then begins with the father ...

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of Troy’s weird vision of a less urban city. Causing everything to be distorted emphasized the little girl’s perception of split-level suburban homes surrounded by green lawns.

Symbolism
The movie consisted of many symbolic images, but there was one that seemed to really have an impact. When Troy returned home from her vacation the first thing she noticed were new trees that had been planted in the neighborhood. Her father informed her that her mother was responsible for the planting of the trees. Troy then approaches one of the trees and gives the tree trunk a gentle caress. The trees represented eternal life for the mother because although she was dying, the neighborhood and ...

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Added: 12/9/2008 01:36:52 PM
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