Writing a Movie Critique

writing a movie critique involves analyzing and evaluating a movie, to highlight on the things which work or don't work about the movie, with an aim to make the movie creator improve.

It calls for the writer to watch the movie first, then note down fundamental factors about the movie for instance, the main actors, the directors, the producer etc. The writer should also pay attention to the beginning of the movie, its climax and the end. Revisiting notes made after watching the movie helps a writer identify the key points on which to base their argument, and the points to emphasize on. It is  important for the writer to bear in mind the target audience, while settling down to write the critique, so as to understand what to give them.

The writer starts on the premise, which can be defined as the theme or what drives the story of the movie; what the movie is about. The writer must analyze it to give the reader a clear impression of the movie, it is good for the writer to point out if the premise is excellently or badly constructed. It is good for the writer to show what could have been improved about the premise.

Characterization involves a deep analysis of the characters in the movie; the personalities of these characters, their motivations, beliefs, habits etc, must be shown clearly. The writer must concentrate on all characters to see how they dress, speak, or act is in tandem with their roles; it should come naturally to ensure that the story is significantly driven. The audience believes the truth of the story only if the characters fit well into their roles.

The plot of a movie should be discussed while writing the critique; the plot is the order of the events and actions in the movie, and how they relate to each other. The writer should show whether the plot is too predictable, whether it corresponds to characters' actions, whether it introduces main characters early enough, and the body must mount tension, with the ending giving the viewer something to recall.

Scenes must stay focused, they must flow smoothly and they must be relevant to the plot, dialogues in any scenes must be short. The writer has to state whether they contain conflict and whether the characters react to this conflict well with changes in mood and actions. When introducing originality; an unexpected turning point that attracts attention, it is prudent for the writer to use something the audience had not seen before.

The structure of writing a movie critique starts with the introduction, which gives the basic background of the whole writing process, it should be attractive to the reader to grab their attention. After the introduction comes the thesis statement which is a single line statement on which the whole critique content revolves around. It gives the reader a clue of what the critique is all about.

The body must develop the thesis, the writer then puts down all the information they have gathered about the movie in the body. Claims and writer's arguments must be supported with evidence and the reader should follow ideas clearly through the body. While concluding, the writer must give their opinion about the movie and show why they hold onto it. Proofreading must be done to ensure that the content the writer presents is free from errors and that facts given are credible.