Thomas Hardy

Steps involved in writing a film review.

1. Watch the movie
Watch the movie in a quiet, relaxed environment
Watch the movie in a relaxed environment you are familiar with. Watching the movie a second time will help you to absorb a lot more detail about the movie. Most movie reviewers take notes as they watch the movie.

2) The Basics (Introduction)
Inform your audience of the basics of the film

Who? – Who is the director? What is the name of the production company?

What? – What is the title of the film? Is it an adaption or an original piece of work? What is the year of the movie?

Give? - A 1-2 sentence run down of the basic plot—but don’t give away too much!

Include? - A thesis statement summarizing briefly the points of description in your review? (E.g. “The direction, acting, locales, lighting, props and editing all contributed to a truly enjoyable experience.”)

3) The Acting
Appraise the acting of the major and sometimes, minor characters

Were they believable? Were their actions strong? How was their volume and articulation? Did their gestures and body movement convey their character well? Who did you believe to be particularly good and why?

4) The Design
Comment on the design elements. Were they effective?

-The Set: Did it establish the clear mood, time period, or place for the play? What did it look like?

-Costumes, Hair & Make Up: Did they seem to fit with the set? Were they well suited to the characters? What did changes in the costumes, hair and makeup say about the characters or the story as a whole?

-Cinematography/Special Effects: Give details about how well the movie was shot and directed.

-Lighting: Was the lighting good in the various scenes? What changes could be made?

-Music: How did sound effects and music contribute to the show's mood?

5) Editing and Revising

Read and check your review thoroughly.
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