Example Of Essay On "Flight" By Robert Zemeckis
The central figure in the movie "Flight" is a pilot Whip Whitaker. Even though he is a pilot, Whitaker is severe drug and alcohol user. On everyday basis, he uses drugs and alcohol in order to help him get through the day. Thanks to his experience and skills, he manages to land a plane and prevent it from crashing. However, six people died and his co-pilot is in coma. Now, Whitaker is faced with an investigation on the behalf of the National Transportation Safety Board. The fact that he might face with prison forces him deeper into alcoholism and destruction. Even though he ends in a prison, his actions show a strong determination to find him inner self.
Social psychology topics that can be noticed in this film include the conformity, self-esteem, and interpersonal communication. Throughout the movie, the viewers can notice his failure of the main character to conform to the image of the hero that he is portrayed by media. Additionally, even though on the surface he appears to be a strong and determinative character, Whip Whitaker lacks in self-esteem. He uses drugs and alcohol to escape from the depression and the notion that he had lost his job, his family, and his friends. The unresolved psychological issues only aggravate the social relationships with others.
In the domain of social psychology, the turning point of the movie is his open admitting to Nicole that he is only a man with positive and negative traits, willing to change. This sincere talk leads to an emotional visit to his wife and son, but due to his lack in interpersonal communication and alcoholisms, he fails to reconnect with his son.
In the movie, the fact that fascinated me is the ability of the main character to lead simultaneously two different lives; the life of a pilot and the life of a human being. I did not like in the movie the fact that the movie director wanted to comprehend all the aspects of social psychology, psychoanalysis (relation to his father) and the issues of alcohol and drug addiction.