analyzing a movie
- Is there a narrator in the film? Who?
- Point of view means through whose eyes the story is being told.
- Through whose eyes does the story unfold?
- Is the story told in the first person “I” point of view?
- Is the story told through an off-screen narrator?
- Can you see a pattern to how the scenes are cut?
- How would you describe the pace/tempo of the film?
In general, I think of pausing, rewinding, and taking notes as interruptions that will bring you out of the film—literally and emotionally—and that can play a role in how you view a film from a critical standpoint.
After I have all of my thoughts down, I take as much into consideration as I can and then work on the flow. I put a lot of care into the organization of my review, and make sure my thoughts are read in a cohesive manner to help my audience understand where I’m coming from. I prioritize what’s most important to include and let the rest go.
By the way, you should be aware and understand all basic terms and concepts related to the film industry.
Preparing an analytical essay about The Truman Show might include some of the following ideas:
A good script has a logical sequence of events, completion of scenes, characters development, and dialogs. So, these are the elements you should analyze when it comes to the scenario.
In the end, re-state your thesis and offer a summary of the previously mentioned concepts in a new and more decisive way, making a case for your analysis.
In your essay, you should incorporate reviewers’ comments on the film, being sure to comment and respond to their opinions. The suggested length of this paper is 4-5 pages (
PURPOSE: 1. Choose a film that you’ve especially enjoyed / appreciated. Whatever film you choose, it should be one that is commercially available on video or D.V.D. so that you can watch it several times.