not? Movies have become a pop cultural phenomena in our society.
They reflect human nature, emotion and daily life and provide a
running critique of the times. By writing reviews of movies, the
aspiring critic lends his voice to the cultural "mush pot."
He in essence becomes a part of the
movie process for the moviegoer, helping to determine if the movie
is even viewed. Or in layman's terms, he tells you if it sucks.
Pretty basic, yes, but also pretty
helpful and often times entertaining.
with any form of writing, the critical analysis should contain correct
basic grammar, punctuation and spelling. A good reviewer will grab
the reader with his lead and keep them hooked throughout the piece;
be brief, but thorough; stay objective, but also offer some personal
opinion and analysis; be careful of digressing; and OFFER NO
This last part cannot be stressed enough. People are not reading
reviews to have the movie-going experience ruined for them; they
are reading reviews to enhance their experience. A good suggestion
if spoiler information absolutely has to be included, would be to
warn the reader first and then give only as much info as necessary.
Other things that work well in movie
reviews are giving a short summary of the plot; making and supporting
clear judgments on the impact of the movie; defining any unclear,
opinionated statements; demonstrating knowledge of the subject being
analyzed in order to establish credibility; and avoiding overuse
of sentences and phrases like, "I think," or "In
As discussed earlier, careful attention
should be paid to the elements the featured in movies. The elements,
and brief discussions of each and how each can be presented are
Does the dialog move the action? Is it succinct, wordy, etc.?
Does it sound realistic, and is the premise realistic?9
Analyze only their performance in relation to the story of the
film. Mentioning past works is acceptable, but don't stray too much
form the current film. Were the actors cast correctly? Live up to
Does it strike you? How so? Are the set design and costumes appropriate?
Do the lighting and camera angles work well? Was the essence of
the story captured?11
Does it enhance or detract from the film? Is it original, or
re-hashed? What is the general tone or feeling it gives? What emotions
or mood does it present?12
The Editing and Directing:
Is the editing original, does it use many splices or jumps? How
did the director visualize the movie, did he succeed in this portrayal?
What is unique about the editing or directing? What else has the
director worked on, plan to work on?13
Basically, there are no stringent limits to what a critic should
include or omit from a review. Each has his own particular taste
and style, and that is what makes reading each review an experience
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