FILM REVIEW STRUCTURE
A good movie review should entertain, persuade and inform, providing an original opinion without
giving away too much of the plot.
When writing a film review there needs to be room for:
Overall impression and general information
Factual data: film title, director, lead actors, year of release, setting
The plot: don’t tell every little detail. Try to summarize. Identify the premise, the
scenario that drives the action
Acting: how did the actors portray the main roles? How did they convey the lives of the
characters? Where they believable characters?
Film techniques: camera angles, shots of surroundings, lightning, cuts between scenes
Analyse the soundtrack, what is it? How is it used? Is it effective? Evaluate costumes if
they are important.
Themes: Identify the film message(s); how are they conveyed? Are they convincing
Conclusion: convince the reader that your evaluation is correct
Offer a clincher that tells the reader to attend the film or not, compare it to another
Important grammar mistakes that you cannot have in Intermediate 2:
Adjectives: place them before the noun, except after linking verbs.
And do not use them in plural!
You should make a decision very important a very important decision
others countries other countries
Differents films -> different films
Missing words: generally, it’s the lack of subject:
You should remember how important is to study how important it is to
Or double subjects: English it will be necessary to work… English will be
necessary to work
This + singular noun: this book
These + plural noun: these people, these films
Subject and Verb concord: People likes listening to music People like
listening to music
Cohesion with pronouns – sometimes the pronouns you use do not
concord with the nouns they refer to:
He had many problems. When he talked about it, he got nervous …
when he talked about them …
Basic word order:
I like very much the cinema I like the cinema very much.
Words starting with capital letters in English: proper names (countries,
cities, people’s names, etc.), languages, days of the week, months, school
subjects, the pronoun “I”, but not the pronoun “it”
“Writing” and “written”
“Studying” Verbs ending in “–y” make the “–ing” form simply adding “–
The suffix “–ful” is spelled with only one “l”; then, there’s the word “full”,
which has nothing to do with the suffix.
Connectors / Linking words:
When you want to introduce a topic, you translate from Spanish with
As for … + noun / -ing verb. E.g. As for the drinks, don’t worry. / As for
buying the drinks, don’t worry…
In the other hand On the one hand … On the other hand