FC: Writing Reference: | Reviews
1: HOW TO WRITE A MOVIE REVIEW Pre-writing questions for a play, book or movie review The following questions are designed to help you generate and focus your ideas when writing a book, movie, or film review. You won't need to answer all of these questions for your paper, but many of the answers will help you discover information and focus your thinking.
2: What questions: What are you reviewing? What is it about? What's the plot? What's the theme? What is the author's/director's purpose? What genre or classification does it fit? What is the tone? What is the point of view? What's the mood?
3: When and Where questions: When was this done? Or when does the action take place? Where was this done? Or where does the action take place? Who questions: Who wrote it, directed it, or acted in it? What else have they done? Who are the main characters? Who's the intended audience? Who has said what about this? Why?
4: How questions: How does it convey its main point, mood, or theme? How did the audience react to it? How well does it fulfill its purpose? Evaluation questions : Did I like this in general? Why? Did I agree with the main theme/purpose? Why or why not? Did the author/actors/director do a good job? Why or why not? How could it be improved? Why would particular changes help?
5: What specifically did I like/dislike? Why? Did the author/actors/director do a good job? Why or why not? How could it be improved? Why would particular changes help? After you have answered these questions, begin selecting and organizing the information that you'll include in your paper.
6: Steps for Writing a Good Movie Review Introduce the subject, plot, and type of movie Firstly, what age groups are you writing for? A review for a school magazine would warrant a different writing process than, say, a magazine enjoyed by adults. For a children’s magazine, the review will need to be quite punchy.
7: It should not be too long or contain material that the age group would not understand. Writing for a young audience often proves to be harder than writing for adults. With adult writing there is less need to omit images that are controversial.After watching the film that is to be reviewed, it is important to take notes immediately. This will be of great importance when you actually sit
8: down to write the piece. The notes should be detailed enough to bring back to memory the images that you found most appealing. This is, I believe, the most important part of the writing process. Once you have established the audience you are writing for, it is time to retrieve your notes and look at your basic ideas. Firstly, you need to think of an imaginative title. For instance, if I was
9: writing a review of the film Apocalypse Now, perhaps a good title could be, ‘faith and hope disappear in the midst of the Vietnam War’. This title gives a very brief idea of the nature of the film and provides a starting point for the reader to focus on. Briefly summarize the content The second stage is to give a brief synopsis of the film.
10: You could also state your early opinions here, but don’t give too much away too soon. Your aim is to make the audience want to finish reading your review. Provide your reactions to the movie After the synopsis, go into detail about what you thought of the film. Was it thought provoking? Did it have lasting images and ideas that particularly enthralled you?
11: Did you think that it was a complete turkey? Whatever you view is, it is important to stress it in a comprehensible manner. Examine the film more closely, try to go into detail about the many ideas contained within the film Don’t forget, what you enjoyed and remembered from the images and ideas in the film are what could be the deciding factor or not the reader
12: actually goes to see the film themselves. If you really enjoyed it or really hated it, make it clear. It is necessary to break the film down into its separate parts. By this, I mean that you should spend time stating which parts of the film worked for you. Was the setting and atmosphere successful? Did the plot flow all the way through the film
13: or did it become disjointed and messy part of the way through? You must also look carefully into the characterisation. A close examination of the key roles in the feature will provide your audience with a better idea of how the film is going to be. Never simply say that you loved or hated a certain movie without giving your reasons
14: Always explain why you feel the way you do and back it up with descriptive examples. Conclude by summarizing your ideas Even though your article should show from the start what your opinions are, at the end of the piece you should give a conclusion that states strongly what you thought.