Whether a movie is a rotten tomato or a brilliant work of art, if people are watching it, it’s worth critiquing. A good movie review should entertain, persuade and inform, providing an original opinion without providing away too much of the plot. A superb movie review can be a work of art in its own right. Read on to learn how to analyze a movie, come up with an interesting thesis and write a review as entertaining as your source material.
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Drafting Your Review Edit
Embark with a compelling fact or opinion on the movie. You want to get the reader hooked instantaneously. This sentence needs to give them a feel for your review and the movie — is it good, superb, terrible, or just okay? — and keep them reading. Some ideas include:
- Comparison to Relevant Event or Movie: “Every day, our leaders, politicians, and pundits call for “vengeance”– against ISIS, against rival sports teams, against other political parties. But few of them understand cold, ruinous, and ultimately hallow thrill of vengeance as well as the characters of Blue Ruin. “
- Review in a nutshell “Despite a compelling lead spectacle by Tom Hanks and a good soundtrack, Forrest Gump never gets out of the shadow of its powerless plot and questionable premise.”
- Context or Background Information: “Boyhood might be the very first movie made where knowing how it was produced — leisurely, over 12 years, with the same actors — is just as crucial as the movie itself.”
Give a clear, well-established opinion early on. Don’t leave the reader guessing whether you like the movie or not. Let them know early on, so that you can spend the rest of the time “proving” your rating.
Back up your opinion with specific evidence. This is where taking notes during the movie truly pays off. No one cares about your opinion if you can’t give facts that support your argument.
Budge beyond the visible plot analysis. Plot is just one lump of a movie, and shouldn’t dictate your entire review. Some movies don’t have fine or compelling plots, but that doesn’t mean the movie itself is bad. Other things to concentrate on include:
Bring your review full-circle in the ending. Give the review some closure, usually by attempting back to your opening fact. Recall, people read reviews to determine whether or not they should observe a movie. End on a sentence that tells them.
Understand that just because the movie isn’t to your taste, that doesn’t mean you should give it a bad review. A good reviewer helps people find movie’s they’ll like, and since you don’t have the same taste in movies as everyone else, you need to be able to tell people if they will love the movie, even if you didn’t.
Read a lot of movie reviews, and think about what makes some of them more helpful than others. Again, the value of a review is not always in its accuracy (how much the reader agrees with the reviewer) but in usefulness (how well the reviewer can predict whether the reader will love the movie).
If you don’t like the movie, don’t be abusive and mean. If possible, avoid watching the movies that you would surely hate.
Make sure not to add spoilers!
Structure is very significant; attempt categorizing the different parts of the film and commenting on each of those individually. Determining how good each thing is will help you come to a more accurate conclusion. For example things like acting, special effects, cinematography, think about how good each of those are.
How to Write a Movie Review
Whether a movie is a rotten tomato or a brilliant work of art, if people are watching it, it’s worth critiquing. A good movie review should entertain, persuade and inform, providing an original opinion without providing away too much of the plot. A good movie review can be a work of art in its own right. Read on to learn how to analyze a movie, come up with an interesting thesis and write a review as entertaining as your source material.