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1. Creative and Media: Level 2 Higher Diploma Unit 1: Scene Level 2 Higher Diploma Creative and MediaUnit 1: Scene 1.3.1 Deconstructing a review Student Book pp 34–43 Understanding how other reviewers or commentators have presented their personal opinions to an audience will help you gain the skills to formulate and present your own thoughts effectively. 1 Get two copies of recent specialist magazines (such as film or computer games magazines), or the review sections of newspapers. 2 From each publication, find a review of the same film, game, play, book, art exhibition etc. 3 Use the grid below to analyse what the reviews tell you. Fill in the names of the magazines or newspapers you have chosen as your sources. Product being reviewed Source 1 (Titanic) Source 2 (Titanic) Does the reviewer like what they The reviewer does like the film This reviewer does like the film have reviewed or not? he watched more than the other he watched. He gave less reviewer constructive criticism than the other reviewer. Can you find a quote from the This reviewer gave mainly He gave more criticism than review that tells you this? constructive criticism. For constructive criticism towards example, “Cameron’s ‘Titanic’ the film. E.G. “Its weak and is justly recognised as something riddled, with poor dialogue.” of a masterpiece” What particular words does the In the third paragraph, the In the last paragraph, the reviewer use to describe their reviewer talks about his views reviewers exact words for titanic feelings about the subject of the and feelings on it. For example, “ is “a bum-numbing three-hour review? Everything about it looks running time” sumptuous What examples does the They rarely give reference from This reviewer did not give much reviewer give to back up their the film to back up their opinions back up to his opinions. opinions? but occasionally they do. For example, “something of a masterpiece” and then he says “ the film cost a phenomenal amount to make, and is visible on screen” © Pearson Education Ltd 2008. Copying permitted for purchasing institution only. This material is not copyright free. 1
Creative and Media: Level 2 Higher Diploma Unit 1: Scene Level 2 Higher Diploma Creative and MediaUnit 1: Scene Does the reviewer give you an The reviewer gives a very The reviewer shares a brief .overview or synopsis of the detailed account of the film. The synopsis of the movie. He product? first paragraph is more of a doesn’t give away any major synopsis and in the second they scenes but still explains the give more details helping the storyline indirectly. audience understand. 2 © Pearson Education Ltd 2008. Copying permitted for purchasing institution only. This material is not copyright free.
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