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Writing Film Reviews . 2.4 Task. What is the purpose of a film review?. To inform people about the film. To give an opinion/comment on the film. To help people decide whether or not to watch a film. Some things to think about….

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Writing film reviews

Writing Film Reviews

2.4 Task


What is the purpose of a film review

What is the purpose of a film review?

  • To inform people about the film.

  • To give an opinion/comment on the film.

  • To help people decide whether or not to watch a film.


Some things to think about

Some things to think about…

  • How do you usually decide which films or dvds you want to see?

  • Whose opinion would you trust if they recommended a film or dvd? Why?

  • Whose opinion would you not trust at all? Why not?

  • What would convince you to trust the judgement of someone you didn’t know who recommended a film?


Things that are usually discussed in a film review

Things that are usually discussed in a film review

  • Acting

  • Plot/Pace

  • Atmosphere

  • Visual aspects- costume, lighting, cinematography.

  • Dialogue

  • You will be able to add to this list when you are analysing reviews.


General structure points

General Structure Points

  • Introduction: Background information- genre, director, writers

  • Plot Overview: Summarises the film for the readers. But don’t ruin it by giving away any surprises!

  • The body of the review comments on aspects of the film.

  • Conclusion: Restates the reviewers opinion and ends with a strong statement.


Judging a film on its own merits

Judging a film on its own merits…

  • It is important to judge or evaluate a film according to its genre and the intentions of its director- otherwise the comments you make may be unfair.

  • Task: What genre is Iron Jawed Angels? What aspects of the genre might you comment on in a review?


Some initial planning points

Some Initial Planning Points.

Record important details about the film your class has viewed such as: the title, director, genre, date of production, country of origin, and names of main actors.

  • Record notes on these questions:

  • What is the director’s main aim?

  • What type of film is it supposed to be?

  • Who is the target audience?

  • How is the film intended to make them feel or think?


Writing film reviews

So…

  • We are looking at examples of reviews, and analysing them.


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