A film review is more than just a summary of the film's plot. It should examine the film's deeper meaning as well as analyze its script, direction, photography and acting quality. The reviewer's essay should begin with a thesis statement which provides the reader with the main argument of the review. When determining this statement, make sure you establish the basis of your argument clearly and concisely.
Determine a feature of the movie that you would like to critically expand upon. Identify a filmmaking quality or a story aspect that is integral to the film and elaborate on it, using script, art direction, camera work or acting elements that communicate this idea.
Research the film and make notes of all the characters, situations, dialogue or stage direction elements that clearly support your thesis point. Make sure you have enough material to back up what you want to claim in your thesis statement.
Write an introduction for your movie review. Start your review by quoting the film's title, the writer and director's name, the production company and the names of the cast. Then go on to write your thesis statement. Subtly make the way you feel about the movie known to your reader and state the main idea on which you are going to expand.
Support your thesis statement in the body paragraphs of your movie review. Use all the supporting evidence and write the rest of your review, keeping your thesis statement in mind. Try to convince your reader by providing enough information that affirms your point of view.
A good example of a thesis statement of a movie review is: "Despite the strong performances and high-quality direction, the film's scripted characters lack depth and do not allow its talented cast to shine."
Angeliki Coconi started writing in 1999 with the theater comedy "Loop," produced in Athens. In 2001 she wrote and produced another comedy, "Modern Cinderella." In 2006 she was awarded a Master of Science in literature from the University of Edinburgh. In 2009 Coconi obtained the Postgraduate Certificate in Screenwriting from Napier University of Edinburgh.