How to Write a Movie Review.

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How to Write a Movie Review. by Mind Map: How to Write a Movie Review.

1. 9-Give it some personality.

2. 8-Use plenty of examples to back up your points.

3. 7-Move into your analysis of the movie.

4. 4-Watch it one more time.

5. 1-Gather basic facts about the movie.

5.1. 2-Take notes on the movie as you watch it.

5.1.1. Make a note every time something sticks out to you, whether it's good or bad.

5.1.2. Take note of patterns you begin to notice as the movie unfolds.

5.1.3. Use the pause button frequently so you make sure not to miss anything, and rewind as necessary.

5.2. The title of the film, and the year it came out.

5.3. The director's name.

5.4. The names of the lead actors.

5.5. The genre.

6. 6-Follow your thesis paragraph with a short plot summary.

6.1. When you name characters in your plot summary, list the actors' names directly afterward in parenthesis.

6.2. Find a place to mention the director's name and the full movie title.

6.3. If you feel you must discuss information that might "spoil" things for readers, warn them first.

7. 10- Wrap up your review with a conclusion.

7.1. It should tie back to your original thesis and provide some guidance as to whether the audience should go see the movie.

7.2. It should also be compelling or entertaining on its own, since it's the end of your piece of writing.

8. 5-Create an original thesis based on your analysis.

8.1. Remember: your thesis should be discussed in the first paragraph of your review.

8.2. Does the film reflect on a current event or contemporary issue? Look for ways to relate the content of the film to the "real" world.

8.3. Does the film seem to have a message, or does it attempt to elicit a specific response or emotion from the audience?

8.4. Does the film connect with you on a personal level? You could write a review stemming from your own feelings and weave in some personal stories to make it interesting for your readers.

9. 3-Analyze the mechanics of the movie.

9.1. Direction. Consider the director and how he or she chose to portray/explain the events in the story

9.2. Cinematography. What techniques were used to film the movie? What setting and background elements helped to create a certain tone?

9.3. Writing. Evaluate the script, including dialogue and characterization.

9.4. Editing. Was the movie choppy or did it flow smoothly from scene to scene?