Film Review Essay of 2 current or older movie using the classical argument structure

Film Review Essay Purposes

Your goal in this essay is to evaluate a film and entertain your readers Audience: The audience for your review is intelligent adults. Relevance: You will use evaluation skills in future college classes and in many professional situations (e.g., critiquing a company policy or practice).

Choosing a Film Review:

You may review a current or older movie. Choose a movie that has some depth even if it is a comedy. 1. Your introduction paragraph should begin with an effective “hook\”, mention the film\’s title and include a clear thesis statement that indicates if the movie is good, bad or in between. This paragraph should consist of 8 or fewer lines. 2. Your next paragraph should provide a general overview of the story. This paragraph should consist of 10 or fewer lines 3. Your body paragraphs should support your thesis statement by explaining how multiple components of the film contribute to or detract from the film’s quality. You may choose to analyze some of the following components (or other relevant topics):

Story Elements (Screenplay)

-how characters are written -dialogue -plot (what happens in the story) -themes (major ideas throughout the film that relate to human nature, insights about life,etc.) Acting Direction -pacing -camera angles and movement -lighting Setting (can include outdoor and indoor locations, props) Sound track/Score Costumes 4.A brief conclusion (3-4 sentences) that answers the main question: is the film worth seeing?

Film Review Evaluation Checklist:

Created an introduction that contains an effective “hook” Stated your opinion of the film review in a clear thesis statement Wrote a clear, general story overview in 8 or fewer lines Conveyed clear, logical well developed and in-depth ideas to support your thesis statement Focused on a clear main idea in each paragraph (paragraph unity) Organized your ideas smoothly and logically Chose effective words and phrases Used a lively, professional voice appropriate for the intended audience Concluded strongly with a clear bottom-line evaluation of the film review DO NOT DO ANY RESEARCH FOR THIS ESSAY NO PLAGIARISM


Read the question carefully before you start writing to be sure you know what it is asking you. You must organize your essay into individual paragraphs–introduction, several body paragraphs, conclusion–and you must include specific examples for support.

Be sure to proofread your essay. PLEASE put your name and course numberat the top.

Paper submitted directly through SCHOOLOGY. Remember I do NOT accept late work.*** As always, I strongly suggest you submit assignments as you complete them.

***For this essay question you may use any one of the following films review; (my face-to-face classes used The Odd Couple.

The Odd Couple (1968 version)

I Never Sang for My Father (1970 version)

Hamlet (you choose the version)


Most stories deal, in some way, with the idea of relationships and all of the above film review choices are no different. Using one of the above choices prove, in a well developed essay, exactly what the film is trying to show the audience about relationships. Why does the film have both serious and humorous moments and why does the audience relate to these? Finally, what do you feel is the theme of the film–in other words, what do you think it is trying show the audience is important? In order to answer this, you may want to think about how characters change from the beginning to the end of the film. Remember, be specific with examples (this can be direct quotes or simply specific descriptions) to support your statements. My question is “multi-parted” so be sure you answer everything the question is asking thoroughly.

All of these films are available for you to rent and/or view online. I would try YouTube first.

Read through everything carefully and let me know if you have any questions. This essay will be a minimum of 3 1/2 pages.

Film Review Reading Assignment 1:

Nnadozie – Geo-Economy and History, Chapter 4, pages 41 – 63.  Geo Ecoomy & History.pdf Film: “The Africans: The Nature of a Continent” by Ali Mazrui, a documentary. (posted).  (Jan. 10, 15, 17 & 22).     Writing Assignment

Read Mario Azevedo chapter 4 on “Geo-Economy and History,” summarizing key issues discussed in the chapter. View the documentary by Ali Mazrui on the nature of a continent, noting major issues discussed in the film. Review the class discussions on the myths and facts and the discussion on the overview of the African continent.  

1.     Summarize each part: Geo-Economy and History; and the film, “The Nature of a continent” by Ali Marui on one page.

2.    In one page discuss the following questions:      a.  The strengths and weaknesses of the article on geo-economy and history and the nature of a continent.      b.  What is the main thesis behind Geo-economy and nature of a continent?      c.   What is your interpretation or analysis of the main thesis?      d.   What is your supporting evidence for the Geo-economy and the film, the nature of a continent? 

3.  In half a page, analyze the relationship between geo-economy & history, the nature of a continent and the myths and facts about Africa and the overview of the African continent. 4. In half a page, what can you suggest to improve the article on geo-economy & history and the film – the nature of a continent. Search the documentary on youtube, it should be roughly 58 minutes long. I am also attaching the readings.

Goals: To write a film review that utilizes the classical argument structure To assess a film at a sophisticated and intellectual level To consider the marginalization theme as it appears within discussions relating to Education To strengthen your ability to write vivid and descriptive language Assignment: Use the Movie \”Good Will Hunting\” and write a short review of it. You should compose the review as if you were a Film Critic writing for other Film Critics. You can assume that your readers have not yet seen the film. It is up to you to create a thesis that takes some type of stand on whether or not the film has value.

You must organize this film review using the Classical Argument Structure. The review should be typed in a twelve point font, double-spaced and two-three pages in Length. It should adhere to standard MLA format. Helpful Information: Since you need to keep this review brief, try to focus on two or three \”areas of critical assessment\” such as the actor\’s performances, visual beauty, emotional impact, special effects, political implication, or moral significance. Be sure to devote some time to the way that the theme of marginalization is addressed in your film.

film review

Remember to maintain a professional/academic tone in this review. You must avoid giving plot summary! You should avoid consulting any outside sources while writing this essay/review. * Will be graded on such criteria as content, clarity, grammatical accuracy and use of precise and descriptive language. Most importantly, you will be graded on how well you organize and develop your argument. Creating an appropriate thesis statement will be an important part of your success here.

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