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THE CHOCOLATE WAR FILM REVIEW The film The Chocolate War adapted from Robert Cormiers novel of the same name apart from the ending is an appealing drama focusing on young Jerry Renault Ilan Mitchell-Smith a freshman at the ironically religious Catholic boys school Trinity High The film is directed by Keith Gordon and he presents Trinity as a microcosm which is the main setting of the film Set in America in the 1980s The Chocolate War was shot in a seminary at St Edwards State Park in Bothell in Washington Trinity is ruled by an insidious gang of senior students the bullies of the school the Vigils Assisted by the corrupt stand-in head of the school Brother Leon John Glover the Vigils set assignments for the students to carry out The Chocolate War demonstrates what can happen when the veracity of the individual is sacrificed to the power of the system In the opening scene the typical Hollywood-style opening of a full-on shot of the main character to make himher stand out is sacrificed for a more blocked view of the surroundings The dried weedy brown grass of a football playing field is shown in a medium close-up shot showing nothing whatsoever of the surroundings time or the characters This leaves the viewer with a sense of blindness and bewilderment The colours costumes and setting are portrayed in a drab and washed out tone The colour is gloomy and the music is sombre as Yazs In My Room is played backed by The Lords Prayer The music especially the Yaz song with its slow dirge-like rhythm helps portray the dark and gloomy nature of the film and with The Lords Prayer played in an ironic tone helps add to the use of irrelevant use of religious symbolism which is plastered all over the school The repeated lyric I sit and wait alone in my room is suggestive of Jerrys predicament This song acts as
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