In your review, you will provide a solid point of view. Being a film critic is not the same as finding fault with a film or providing extreme judgements (“a thoroughly bad movie,” “a flawless film”). Instead, you are to recognize both strengths and weaknesses of a film, and to provide evidence of what you are talking about. After all, not all great films are flawless, and not all terrible films are without a good point.
Film Reviews are a genre of journalistic writing, so there are certain conventions upon which it depends:
• Brief plot synopsis, suggesting main conflicts and character developments.
• Don’t divulge the ending or plot twist. No one wants a spoiler.
• Main characters have actor name in parenthesis (“In the film The Matrix, Neo (Keanu Reeves) was the main character who….”)
• Note striking aspects of the films, such as the sets or costumes, visual qualities, acting, or whatever stuck out to you.
• Compare film with other films in the same genre, same director, or some thematic issues. This assumes some background knowledge on the part of reviewers.
• Brevity. You want to have short memorable strokes in your writing. No long-winded ideas or complex explanations or demolition jobs. A crisp killer line serves best, as when Pauline Kael’s appraises Robert DeNiro’s quiet, expressionless acting: “He could be a potato, except that he’s thoroughly absorbed in the process of doing nothing”
• Your review should have arresting openings sentences and paragraphs, and pointed wrap ups. Your descriptions should be vivid, and your personal writing style should come through.
The grading rubric is as followed:
1. Do I have a catchy introduction to my film review in my first paragraph that relates to your larger review? Would the reader feel like I was wasting their time?
2. Does my paper have a sophisticated understanding of how religion relates to the reviewed film? If my understanding of religion is rather superficial, so will be the readers approach to my review. Does this understanding of religion bring out new insight into this film that the reader may not have thought of before? For my paper to be great, rather than mediocre, it needs to have this component. This means there is a lot of thought behind the words.
3. How well does my review actually engage the substance of the film? Do I just rehash the plot? How specific am I with describing scenes, narrative, characters, etc? I shouldn’t spend too much time on the plot, since this assignment is a review, not a summary. How well have I engaged mise-en-scene and other film studies concepts to explain the value of the film?
4. When I read my paper out loud, does it read smoothly and be pretty free of grammar problems, or is it hard to understand and follow. Remember, only take breaths at commas.
5. Does my paper meet the minimum page number requirements?
6. Does each paragraph of my paper point the reader back to the first paragraph? Is each paragraph relevant?
7. Do I provide a nice conclusion of the value of the film without making value superficial value judgments and without revealing the plot?
The Movie that this report will be based on is: Water (2005 Film)
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Midterm Film Review