Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Five ways to write a movie review professionally

In a sense, when we say “a movie by David Ryan” or “a film by Steven Spielberg,” it is a kind of commentary. Because this means that the consistent picture you see on the screen is the work of a director, and the film produced by the same director has similar themes and styles.

As the saying goes, everything is difficult at the beginning, as is the film’s commentary. In the process of film review writing, how to start a review, how to locate the analysis focus of a film review, this should be the most headache problem for most candidates. The film is an emerging comprehensive art, and its main points are multifaceted. How to accurately locate a film review? Next, we will introduce six commonly used methods for writing movie reviews. While guiding writing, let everyone know how a particular method organizes and organizes information.

Movie history

Historical methods are one of the most widely used methods in film reviews. When used, there can be different degrees and conscious differences. In general, when authors use this method to organize and study movies, they will proceed from the perspective of historical development based on their position in the history of film. Such an approach might explore the following issues: The historical relationship between the films themselves. The relationship between the film and its production conditions, the relationship between the film and the audience.                Although some methods of filming don’t emphasize historical issues, historical consciousness is reflected in most of the process of filming. When using historical methods to illustrate a movie, avoid presupposing in any movie, even in a documentary. The picture of a society or a certain historical period is not treated by the media.

If you decide to use historical methods, ask yourself specific questions and clarify the role of “history” in your argument: Do you use historical information as your research background or introduction? Do you care about the way and why certain historical events are expressed in the movie? Does the historical background help you explain the narrative or technical skills in the film? Is the film based entirely on history or partly on history? Can your argument explain the role of the film in history? Where is the focus of your argument? Is it the historical fact behind the film or the way the audience reacts, or both? Regardless of your specific topic, ask yourself which part of history applies to your writing.

National film

If an article about movies, historical issues often play a role. Another important (or related) way is to discuss movies from a cultural and national perspective. The assumption behind this approach is that film culture evolves and gains understanding through a considerable amount of individuality.

  When deciding to discuss a film or a group of exotic cultures, the author must start with a questionable and inclusive mindset: What is the difference between this movie and the movie you are familiar with? What is the meaning of the film when it is in another culture? Which cultural background can make you control the theme well? Should you read some books about other art, politics, and film industry economics? You had better not to over-simplify culture and its relationship with movies. Keep in mind that this approach means (although it may be wrong) that there will be consistency, or basic similarity, between different movies in the same country.


Type (genre) is a French word that means “category”. The film is classified according to the model of the form and content. Many people arbitrarily classify movies when they are watching movies. We often divide movies into western films, songs, and dances, black movies, road movies, melodrama or science fiction movies based on the same theme, characters, narrative structure and photography skills. The western film features cowboys and uncultivated spaces. Science fiction movies tell the story of outer space adventures and alien invasions. In the process of writing analysis, type discussion is often an effective way to examine how a movie organizes stories and audience expectations.

When commenting on the type of film, you should always pay attention to the difference in history. As Sobček did, the type changed with the times. In addition, you also need to identify specific types of structures, themes, and style techniques. When did this type arise? What is the form outside the history of film – fiction? Opera? How has it changed in history? Why is this changing? Whether the movie story you are analyzing matches the type it belongs to? If not, has the synthesis of different types of formulas achieved their goals?


In a sense, ideology is a rather subtle and broad statement of “politics.” At least, politics will make us think of doctrine or belief, which is the foundation of our lives and worldview. Ideology may refer to a person’s belief in the holiness of the family, and may also refer to the concept that “civilization is progress.”

In a commentary about ideology, any cultural product or creation will be conveyed directly or indirectly: What kind of world is this, how should we look at it, and how men and women in the world should be connected to each other? The clothes you wear show your social values, just like the movies you watch. Regardless of our disagreement with the social values expressed in a film, ideological critics still insist that movies are never some meaningless human images. Moreover, the seemingly natural social and personal values in the film should be analyzed.

Type of formalism

Formalism is a vocabulary in film criticism. It is mainly about the style and structure of a movie, or the techniques of narrative and scene scheduling are organized in some way. In most cases, an author will discuss these forms with the movie theme. But an article on formalism, whose focus is on patterns, such as the beginning and end of the narrative, meaningful repetitions and changes in camera skills, or the relationship between shots and clips.

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