how to analyse a movie
Below is a list of elements and questions to help you when analyzing films.
Setting is a description of where and when the story takes place.
I believe you only need to a see a film once in order to critique a film. Of course, there are those who prefer at least a couple viewings, but from my experience multiple viewings can actually skew your assessment.
On the other side of the coin, the Transformers movies, as detailed as the robots look, most of the time while I was watching the movies, I felt like I was watching a jumbled mess of computer animated metal smashing into each other. It didn’t look stimulating. You want the special effects to complement the story rather than just being used as a visual device.
so image and screen at first have to be taken apart from each other. after this, image and screen should be combined in order to go beyond the screen.
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Visual elements, like special effects, costumes, and make-up, also have a considerable role in the overall movie impact. They need to reflect the atmosphere of the film. It is especially important for historical movies because visual elements need to evoke a specific era.
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.
A film with a lot of purposefully inserted meaning would be Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak. Del Toro is one of those directors who loves to play with the audience’s mind by assigning meaning to every element in every shot. While at first glance, Crimson Peak may just be a ghost story with disappointingly few scares, it is instead a story about the evil of humans, and the ghosts are merely there to underline the evil of the living characters of the story (listen to this great podcast where Del Toro tells more about his ideas).
It’s impossible to watch film in a vacuum; people will always relate what happens in a film to things they have experienced in their own lives. For example, they can relate to parents who are having their first child, a couple going through a divorce, a teen going to school, a death in the family, et cetera. The film doesn’t even need to show the full extent of what the characters are going through, because the audience can fill it in for themselves.