Analyzing Movie Subtitles

04 November 2017 — Written by Mubaris NK
#Python#Data Science#NLP

In this post we will analyze a movie using sentiment analysis of its subtitles. This is little bit tricky. Because, the subtitles are time dependant data. Unlike other time series data, subtitles don't have constant time intervals. We will need to change them to equal time intervals. We will use various Python modules to analyze the subtitles. Let's start with importing the subtitle.

pysrt - Python Module for Handling srt Subtitles

pysrt is a great Python module to handle srt files. Let's see pysrt in action.

import pysrt

# Loading the Subtitle
subs ='some/')

sub = subs[0]

# Subtitle text
text = sub.text
text_without_tags = sub.text_without_tags

# Start and End time
start = sub.start.to_time()
end = sub.end.to_time()

# Removing line and saving
del subs[index]'some/')

TextBlob - Simplified Python Module for Text Processing

TextBlob is a Python library for processing textual data. It provides a simple API for diving into common natural language processing (NLP) tasks such as part-of-speech tagging, noun phrase extraction, sentiment analysis, classification, translation, and more. Let's see TextBlob in action.

from textblob import TextBlob

text = '''
The titular threat of The Blob has always struck me as the ultimate movie
monster: an insatiably hungry, amoeba-like mass able to penetrate
virtually any safeguard, capable of--as a doomed doctor chillingly
describes it--"assimilating flesh on contact.
Snide comparisons to gelatin be damned, it's a concept with the most
devastating of potential consequences, not unlike the grey goo scenario
proposed by technological theorists fearful of
artificial intelligence run rampant.

blob = TextBlob(text)
blob.tags           # [('The', 'DT'), ('titular', 'JJ'),
                    #  ('threat', 'NN'), ('of', 'IN'), ...]

blob.noun_phrases   # WordList(['titular threat', 'blob',
                    #            'ultimate movie monster',
                    #            'amoeba-like mass', ...])

for sentence in blob.sentences:
# 0.060
# -0.341

blob.translate(to="es")  # 'La amenaza titular de The Blob...'

# Sentiment Analysis
blob = TextBlob(text)
sentiment_polarity = blob.sentiment.polarity # -0.1590909090909091
sentiment_subjectivity = blob.sentiment.subjectivity # 0.6931818181818182

The Method

We can divide the method in to 4 steps.

  • Divide total running time to constant time intervals
  • Collect and combine all the text in each time interval
  • Find the sentiment polarity of text in each time interval
  • Visualize our analysis
from datetime import date, datetime, timedelta, time
import pysrt
from textblob import TextBlob
import matplotlib
from matplotlib import style
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import seaborn as sns
%matplotlib inline
matplotlib.rcParams['figure.figsize'] = (16.0, 9.0)
# Helper Function to create equally divided time intervals
# start - Starting Time
# end - Ending Time
# delta - Interval Period
def create_intervals(start, end, delta):
    curr = start
    while curr <= end:
        curr = (datetime.combine(, curr) + delta).time()
        yield curr

# Main Function to Get Sentiment Data
# file - srt file location
# delta - time interval in minutes
def get_sentiment(file, delta=2):
    # Reading Subtitle
    subs =, encoding='iso-8859-1')
    n = len(subs)
    # List to store the time periods
    intervals = []
    # Start, End and Delta
    start = time(0, 0, 0)
    end = subs[-1].end.to_time()
    delta = timedelta(minutes=delta)
    for result in create_intervals(start, end, delta):
    # List to store sentiment polarity
    sentiments = []
    index = 0
    m = len(intervals)
    # Collect and combine all the text in each time interval
    for i in range(m):
        text = ""
        for j in range(index, n):
            # Finding all subtitle text in the each time interval
            if subs[j].end.to_time() < intervals[i]:
                text += subs[j].text_without_tags + " "
        # Sentiment Analysis
        blob = TextBlob(text)
        pol = blob.sentiment.polarity
        index = j
    # Adding Initial State
    intervals.insert(0, time(0, 0, 0))
    sentiments.insert(0, 0.0)
    return (intervals, sentiments)

# Utility to find average sentiment
def average(y):
    avg = float(sum(y))/len(y)
    return avg

We have written our function to find sentiment of subtitle over interval of time. Now let's try to plot this. We'll use "Thor" movie subtitles here.

x, y = get_sentiment("")
fig, ax = plt.subplots()
plt.plot(x, y)
plt.title("Thor (2011)", fontsize=32)
plt.ylim((-1, 1))
plt.ylabel("Sentiment Polarity")
plt.xlabel("Running Time")
plt.text(.5, 1.03, "Average Sentiment - " + str(round(average(y), 4)), color="green")
ttl = ax.title
ttl.set_position([.5, 1.05])


There we have our plot of Sentiment Analysis of subtitle against the running time. All code is available on GitHub

More Examples

Iron Man (2008)

Iron Man

The Incredible Hulk (2008)

The Incredible Hulk

Iron Man 2 (2010)

Iron Man 2

Thor (2011)


Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

Captain America: The First Avenger

The Avengers (2012)

The Avengers

Iron Man 3 (2013)

Iron Man 3

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Guardians of the Galaxy

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Ant-Man (2015)


Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Captain America: Civil War

Doctor Strange (2016)

Doctor Strange

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Man of Steel (2013)

Man of Steel

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Suicide Squad (2016)

Suicide Squad

Wonder Woman (2017)

Wonder Woman

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