guidelines to write Movie Review
- Give the title of the movie, the name of the director, celebrated stars, basic setting (place and time), and genre of the film (comedy, drama, horror, etc.).
- Mention whether the movie is based on a book or inspired by real events.
- Provide a brief plot summary of the movie.
- Define the movie's purpose and write whether it fulfilled this purpose.
- In the thesis statement, show your attitude towards the movie, and provide the main ideas that you are going to develop in the review.
- Discuss at least one or two aspects of film-making in detail. This can be directing, costume design, background music, set design, acting, editing, photography, etc.
- Search for symbolism. Watch the movie attentively in order to notice symbolical elements, such as an object repeating in many scenes, or a word or phrase that is said at significant times during the film.
- Support your critique with strong arguments. If you are disappointed or bored with the movie, provide a valid reason, even if it seems obvious to you.
- Give your overall impression of the movie as well as your opinion on its quality. Avoid the usage of generalized judgments, such as “it was a good movie” or “the acting was awful”. You should supply reasons for your thoughts and give the answers to the whys.
- Write the review in present tense.
- In a movie review, you should explain how the particular movie affected you, evaluate the effectiveness of the director's work and consider aspects of film-making. Since your review will reveal your personal ideas, do not use such phrases as “in my opinion” or “to my mind”. The readers already know that these are your thoughts.
Now you know how academic paper of this type should be written and what tips are necessary to follow. You can look through our movie review samples to see the connection between theory and practical skills.