How to Write a Movie Review


Movie is the word that identifies any video story that takes more than an hour to watch and that requires you to leave your home, buy tickets and sit in a theater. It once also meant anything that was released on videocassette, DVD or Blu-ray, but that era is gone. Movies come in all shapes and sizes and are about as varied as the people who make and watch them, from the classics that have stood the test of time to contemporary films that shake up the conventions of the genre.

A movie’s content includes the plot, characters and setting. In this section of your review, you should examine each element and determine how it contributes to the overall narrative. You should also evaluate the film’s message and how well it is presented to the audience.

The form of a movie includes the technical and aesthetic decisions that go into its making. It is here that you should analyze the camera methods, lighting, color and editing techniques used in the movie, and determine how they enhance or detract from the storyline. In addition, you should consider the soundtracks and any dubbing or dubbed dialogue that may be present in the movie, as well as the set design and how the director utilizes objects to build or support the narrative.

Ang Lee’s harrowing drama of the ill-fated love between two sheep ranchers in Wyoming is both intimate and epic, with beautiful mountain landscapes providing a backdrop for Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal’s heartbreaking performances. The result is a movie that will break your heart and give you hope at the same time, as it examines the complexities of human relationships.