Writing a film review

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 Follow these steps to write a book or film review.

Introduction: give the title and author of the book. If you’re reviewing a film mention the director or actors.

Body:
1. Summarize the plot in a few sentences.
2. Mention the setting: the place and time of the plot.
3. Say something about the main characters.
4. Say something about the content.

Conclusion:
1. Comment on the book or film.
2. Let others know whether or not you liked the book/film.
3. Why do you like it? Why don’t you like it?
4. Is the author’s style good or bad, is the book / film interesting or boring etc.
5. Do you want to recommend the book/film?

Useful Expressions: 

Title, Author / Director, Actors

The film is directed by
The film is produced by..
It is starred by… /
It stars …..
……..
is is a romance/an action film/acartoon/a biography..… The film/book tells the story of…….

Setting

The action takes place in … (setting)
The action of the film is set in …
The story takes place in…

Characters and Plot

The main characters are …
The story is about .… / the story focuses on …….
The novel tells the story of …
In the course of the novel the action develops dramatically.
The novel / film begins with… The film reaches a dramatic climax…..
The novel has an unexpected ending.
The end of … is …

Reaction

In my opinion… • I would (not) recommend it because..… • I really enjoyed/hated it because.… • It is definitely (not) worth seeing/reading..… • Don’t miss it.• I highly/thoroughly recommend it. • If you are looking for a …………story/film you should definitely read/watch…• It is a highly entertaining film/book/play.… • I was pleasantly surprised by …..• If you get a chance to .…

Example of a film review

A must-see!

Skyfall is one of the best action films in recent years. Released in 2012, it is a thrilling James Bond adventure where the past plays an important role.

The plot involves a genius computer hacker (Javier Bardem) who is an ex-spy. He wants to take revenge on the organisation he worked for and James Bond (Daniel Craig) prevents that from happening. There are a lot of exciting action scenes while 007 pursues him around the world. The film is set in different locations, which gives it a very international atmosphere. The soundtrack is impressive, including the theme song “Skyfall” by Adele, and the acting is also of a very high standard.

I highly recommend this film, especially if you are keen on action films. I am sure you will not regret watching it!

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