Writing Assignment: Film Appreciation
Film Review Guidelines
2: Summarize the plot of the film
3: How did the actors portray key character roles?
5: Ending paragraph--your last opportunity to guide the reader. Offer a clincher that tells the reader to attend the film or not.
Guide to Critical Assessment of Film
- · Who is the writer of the film? Has the screenplay been adapted from another work?
- · Who is the director?
- · When was the film made?
- · What does the title mean in relation to the film as a whole?
- · How are the opening credits presented? Do they relate to a meaning?
- · Why does the film start in the way that it does?
- · Are there any motifs (scenes, images) of dialogue which are repeated? What purpose do they serve?
- · What three or four scenes or sequences are most important in the film? Why?
- · Is sound used in any vivid ways either to enhance the film? (i.e. Enhance drama, heighten tension, disorient the viewer, etc.)
- · How does the film use color or light/dark to suggest tone and mood in different scenes?
- · Are there any striking uses of perspective (seeing through a character's eyes, camera angle, etc.) How does this relate to the meaning of the scene?
- · What specific scene constitutes the film's climax? How does this scene resolve the central issue of the film?
- · Does the film leave any disunities (loose ends) at the end? If so, what does it suggest? What might happen next that is left unseen.
- · Why does the film conclude on this particular image?
- · What is the definitive or overall theme of the film?
- · Does the film present a clear point-of-view on this theme?
- · Are there any aspects of the theme which are left ambiguous at the end? Why?
- · How does this film relate to the other literary texts or films you have read or seen?