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