Film Review Assignment
When writing a film review, the assignment must be typed, double spaced, and no more than 2 full pages long. While writing, use Times New Roman OR Arial, 12 pt. font. Margins should be 1 to 1.25 inches. The film review will be graded using the standard writing rubric.
Writing a Film Review-The Structure
1. Title – catchy, can indicate if review will be positive or negative, you can play with words to make it funny or different
2. Paragraph 1 – Opening paragraph – Identify the film, when it was made, stars, etc. Also, the introduction can start to summarize film and give early suggestions about your general view of it (positive/negative)
3. Paragraph 2 – Start or continue summary of film, don’t give details about the ending or else no one will go and see the film!!
4. Paragraph 3 and 4 – positive things you thought about the film, what did you like? Why? Historical accuracy? Use descriptive words, think about the story, setting, effects used, music used. Connect to class.
5. Paragraph 5 and 6 – negative things you thought about the film, what didn’t you like? Why? Historical inaccuracies (connect to class)? Comment on the same type of things that you mentioned in paragraphs 3 and 4
6. Paragraph 7 and 8 – Characterization – talk about the characters, did you like them? Did the actors play them well? What was it about their portrayal that you liked or didn’t like? Other impressions of the characters, will certain audience members be able to relate to certain characters? How? Will certain audience members not like certain characters? Why not?
7. Paragraph 9 – Final comments – general comments that summarize your view of the film, you may want to say something inspiring to get the reader to want to go out and see the film or you might say something that would want them not to go and see it! After the paragraph you would give it a star rating out of 5 to indicate your rating for it.
Common words and phrases used in film reviews that you might want to use in your own reviews;
spectacular visual effects, excessive violence, breathtaking, evocative, mood, atmosphere, poorly, unsuccessful, detail, scenery, irresistible, perfect, moments, plot, this movie has been compared to because, wonderful, hilarious, momentum, unexpected plot twists, unbelievable, phenomenal, hype, suspense, disappointing, confusion/confused, fake, imitation, genre, unoriginal, typical, thrilled, was a very moving portrayal, quality of the film, I was impressed by, credible, cliché, a mixture of, classic, captivating *
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