How to Write a Movie Review


A movie is a short video that tells a story. It can also be a documentary, a drama, a musical or an animated film.

Writing a movie review is an excellent way to share your opinion about a film. Your review should be an objective analysis of the content and form of a film, supported by examples from the movie you are reviewing.

First, identify overarching themes or patterns in the film. Then, look for ways in which the formal techniques of filmmaking can highlight these overarching themes or patterns. For example, you could discuss how the film uses a montage to illustrate a particular point or theme.

In the Mood for Love, Wong Kar-wai’s cinematography is a masterclass in the art of framing and composition. He demonstrates how to use light and colour to create mood and convey emotion in an effective and beautiful manner.

The Life of a Party, Roman Polanski’s psychoanalysis of Chinatown reframes the experience of living in that grimly repressed district as a dreamy state. Its final scene, where a lone woman is swept off her feet in a diner, is so intoxicating that it almost makes up for the rest of the film’s flaws.

A Jury Most often amount to little more than set dressing in courtroom dramas, Sidney Lumet’s film finds all its drama outside the courtroom and inside a jury deliberation room packed with fantastic character actors. As a result, it is a reminder that nothing is more important than great dialogue.