AppleTV+ is a relatively new streaming service, which just launched its platform on November 1, 2019. Unlike other streaming platforms such as Netflix or Hulu, Apple TV+ only streams its original content. Thus, the platform does not offer a large library of licensed TV shows or movies. Instead, Apple TV+ focuses on producing quality content rather than quantity. However, although they have limited content, their expectations are high and the originals they produce are excellent, as evidenced by the success of their recent original film, CODAwhich just won three Oscars – one for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Troy Kotsur) and Best Adapted Screenplay.
CODA, which means child of a deaf adult, follows Ruby (Emilia Jones), who is the only hearing person in her family of four. After discovering her gift and passion for singing, Ruby is torn between following her music dream and auditioning for a spot at Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music or staying to help her deaf family with their fishing business after being threatened. not to follow. protocol. In the end, Ruby chooses both. She pursues her dream of becoming a singer while remaining faithful to her family. During the film’s final scene, Ruby bids farewell to her family, then walks away to her college future, looks back, and signs the family’s special sign for I love you.
A relatable family and history
In his heart, CODA is the story of a girl’s coming of age, as Ruby finds herself torn between two worlds, the world of hearing and the world of her deaf family. Ruby wants to be independent and go to college, but she doesn’t want to leave her family behind either. Like a CODA, ASL was probably her first language and the one she most identifies with. Thus, it is easy to understand his hesitation and protectiveness of his family.
While many of us cannot relate to these specific circumstances, the story of finding ourselves split between two worlds is very relatable, and one that many of us face at some point in our lives. After all, everyone comes from a family, faces the challenges of growing up, becoming an adult, and deciding what to do with their future. More than anything, CODA is a beautiful portrayal and celebration of what it means to belong to a family and the journey of self-discovery.
A stellar and authentic cast
A movie is usually only as good as its tracks, and in CODA, the acting does not disappoint. While new to the spotlight, British actress Emilia Jones established herself as a force to be reckoned with. As a hearing actress, Emilia Jones was not initially an ALS signer and had to learn the language, as well as take singing lessons and learn to fish, all within nine months of filming, as she said it. The envelope. Jones was only 17 at the time and worked to bring authenticity to his role by speaking with other codas and conducting extensive character research. Along with Jones’ incredible performance, the film also highlights the talents of Troy Kotsur, Marlee Matlin and Daniel Durant, all artists who are part of the deaf community.
It’s nice to see representation in the film by casting authentic actors who have all lived and breathed the struggles their characters face. Troy Kotsur gives an outstanding performance, and it’s easy to see why he deserves his recent Best Supporting Actor win, making him the first deaf man to win an Oscar for acting. His co-star and on-screen wife, Marlee Matlin, is the only deaf woman to win the Academy Award for Best Actress, for her performance in 1987 in Children of a lesser God, and remained the only Oscar-winning deaf actor until Kotsur won. Finally, Daniel Durant is believable as Ruby’s annoying older brother, Leo. The chemistry between the two is great, as the pair frequently exchange heartfelt insults.
The Silent Duo
While the film has many memorable moments, several with almost no audible dialogue as the audience gets a glimpse of the endearing family’s regular ASL communication. Perhaps one of his most memorable scenes is that of Ruby’s concert. Earlier in Coda, Ruby is chosen by her teacher to sing a duet with her classmate Miles. Before the concert, we hear snippets of them practicing, teasing the audience about the upcoming musical masterpiece. However, during the concert, we see Ruby and Miles start their duet and as we hear the first bars of the song, the volume fades, and we watch the duration of their singing in silence.
Then we experience their performance as members of the deaf community would, watching them in silence, as well as watching others enjoy them. We see glimpses of other audience members clapping their hands, nodding, and even wiping tears from their eyes. It wasn’t until the end of Ruby and Miles’ performance, when everyone was clapping, that the volume came back on. This quiet duo gives viewers a taste of what it’s like for the deaf community, living every day in a world without music or sound.
CODA makes history as the first film with burned-in subtitles for all of its screenings
Besides being a great film worthy of praise and accolades, CODA also goes down in cinematic history as the first film to have engraved subtitles. Normally, going to the cinema is not as convenient for members of the deaf community who have to attend screenings whose subtitles are only visible with special glasses. However, equipment is often broken or unavailable, resulting in a limited number of films being accessible to the deaf community. CODA made history as the first film to be screened with open subtitles and no special equipment needed when shown in cinemas in the US and UK
“It couldn’t be more groundbreaking, [just] because the film is groundbreaking for the deaf and hard of hearing community,” Marlee Matlin told Reuters. “It’s historic. It’s huge for all of us,” Daniel Durant added, saying, “It’s a day we’ve been waiting to see for so many years. Inspiring, charming and historic, CODA deserved its Best Picture win.
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