1. Procrastination . Not watching or choosing your film early on will have serious ramifications for your essay later;
PITFALLS YOU OUGHT TO AVOID:
The narrator is the person telling the story.
- Symbols – when something stands not only for itself ( a literal meaning), but also stands for something else (a figurative meaning) e.g. The feather in the film Forrest Gump symbolizes his destiny.
- What images are used in the film? e.g. color, objects etc.
- Can you find any symbols?
There’s a lot of advice out there about writing film reviews from a critic’s perspective, each with varying degrees of advice. I’ve been analyzing movies critically for six years, and I’ve personally found that reviews don’t need to be complicated. Rather, they need to be honest and encourage discussion. Here are the steps I take from start to finish, when screening films.
The hardest part of this first step is going to be avoiding doing too much research or reading other reviews prior to watching the movie (as tempting as it may be.) I find that it’s more liberating to the experience to go in with an air of unfamiliarity.
Religious themes are clearly depicted in the film. Talk about Christof (a man who controls and manipulates Truman’s life) or Truman’s search for truth (something that millions of ordinary people try to find).
If you want more examples on how to write the film analysis, check out our Freakonomics the Movie essay sample.
This represents an important element of every movie. It sets the mood and enhances some actions or sceneries of the film.
This is the core of your essay that involves your critical analysis of the film and impressions about it but supported by claims from the movie or any other relevant material.