- Name of the film – You may include the reason why the movie has been named that way based on what you observe during the film showing. You could also look for references in the web.
- Stars of the film specially the prominent ones – Specify the names of the stars in real life and their names used on the actual film. Include also the relationships that exist among them and the role they play in the movie.
- The setting – Indicate and describe the place and time of the movie being reviewed.
- Type of film – Is the film a comedy, drama, horror, sci-fi, etc? You may search the internet about the different movie genre.
A movie review is NOT all about your reactions – your reactions are just a part of the movie review. While different colleges and individuals use different style and contents in writing a movie review, I suggest that you follow the basic steps. There are four basic parts that you need to provide.
Note: Your movie review should contain at least 1,000 words.
1. Outline some basic information on the movie. Include the following:
2. Your movie review should include the plot summary. A plot is “all the events in a story particularly rendered toward the achievement of some particular artistic or emotional effect or general theme.” (Wikipedia)
3. Discuss various aspects of the filmmaking. This includes acting, direction (film director), editing, costume design, set design, photography, background music, etc.
4. Reflection or synthesis. For academic purposes, you need to integrate the concepts, theories, and frameworks on the respective course where the film has been shown. You may include an application of these concepts to your day-to-day life by citing an example.
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