The starting point for this film criticism is the introduction of the main protagonists in the films. In WarGames, the music is upbeat, the scene is an arcade, and we see David Lightman’s face reflected on the screen of the arcade game, Galaga. In The Night of the Comet, the music is upbeat and festive, the scene is a movie theater, and we see Regina Belmont reflecting the arcade game, Tempest, off of her face. In The Night of the Comet, the protagonist is reflecting the arcade game while in WarGames the arcade game is reflecting the protagonist. Comparing and contrasting this starting point, I find it striking, significant, and symbolic. Notice the look of determination in the protagonist’s face and the focus in the protagonist’s eyes. Consider how we begin simply with the protagonist and their arcade game. From this starting point - the protagonist and their arcade game - I argue, the comparison and contrast will be found to be symbolic.
I cannot begin to explain the impact these two films have had on my life. I took a course in Film at community college in which I received an ‘A’. I also received my Associate degree, but not in Film. I was deciding whether or not to be an English major. I probably couldn’t explain even if I wanted to. What are two of my favorite films really about? I identify with David Lightman and Regina Belmont.