What makes a good secret agent? Is it their stealthiness? Their quick thinking? Their innate crime-solving ability? For Inspector Clouseau, it might be none of those things. Clouseau is absent-minded and clumsy, and disaster seems to follow him wherever he goes. However, I still believe his story to be a good one, and very interesting to think about.
The movie starts off with a murder. Inspector Clouseau is assigned to the case. Clouseau thinks that the chambermaid who was accused of murdering her lover was innocent, even though everything lines up against her. He stubbornly holds on to his view throughout the whole movie, getting himself into all sorts of situations and using multiple disguises. His theory is proved right at the end, even though there are a lot of other surprises that come along with it.
Based on the reading from Chapter 1 of “The New Digital Storytelling: Creating Narratives with New Media”, the movie “A Shot in the Dark” follows the model of problem-based storytelling. The story starts of with a central challenge — a murder to be solved. This draws people into the plot and continues the story. Then, the character wrestles with the challenge and the changes that it brings — the ups and downs of finding the murderer. Lastly, the problem receives closure — the murderer being found and the characters stories resolving.
I thought it was very interesting to use Kurt Vonnegut’s approach on “The Shapes of Stories” as I was watching the movie. I had never thought about the similar shapes that stories take. This is something that I will continue to think about in the future as I experience different stories.
One thing I liked about this story was the simplicity of it. It was a fun movie to watch, with a very simple shape. There wasn’t a lot of character development… it could definitely have used a little more of that. However, it was a charming movie to watch, with a plot that kept me curious the whole time.