Contemporary Mythology Research_Concept Dev_02-January 23, 2008

BDM110 concept Development

Project 2-Contemporary Mythology Research

January 23, 2008



The modern film I chose that has narrative roots in myths and legends of the past was Nutty Professor, 1997. This modern movie is the remake of the 1962 movie-(same title) starring Jerry Lewis. But I’m comparing the latest version to the original movie Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, a horror film originally made in 1931. The role of conflict in the original movie Dr. Jekyll is a novel of a man who takes a potion which turns him from a mild-mannered man of science into a crude homicidal maniac. In the modern movie The Nutty Professor (nerdy over weight Professor Clump his role of conflict is his self esteem and in order to improve his social life, he drinks a potion that temporarily turns him into the handsome, smooth talking, and much thinner but obnoxious, Buddy Love. The characteristics shared by both the original and modern stories is that both men drink a potion which magically is supposed to change their lives either for the better or for the worse, so they assume.


The comparison of the acts, Act 1 presents the characters, the time place and premise. Dr. Jekyll is a horror where Nutty Professor is a comedy. End of Act 1, the inciting incident- both movies introduce the “magic potion” and how taking the drink will affect or alter their current character. And Act 2 both main character encounters their obstacles. In Dr. Jekyll he becomes a drunkard, womanizer and homicidal, in Nutty professor he tries to capture the heart of a woman by pretending he is a suave Buddy Love. And Act 3 in both movies the doctor who took the potion sees that being their original self isn’t so bad after all, and that wanting to be another character or a different man isn’t always what its cracked up to be. Then denouement kicks in and their lives return to some calmness or sense of self understanding.



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Lana Gee
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