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This is for a online highschool course.
Instructions: movie or play you watched in Lesson 3.02. The examples in this lesson are intended to serve as inspirations and even models, but are by no means a template for how yours should be structured. Rather, compose your review the way you feel is best! However, it should include the elements of a complete review discussed in this lesson. Your review should:
Be multiple paragraphs, the number depending on how you combine topics.
Be written in correct grammar, with proper spelling, punctuation, and capitalization, and complete sentences.
Cover all of the critical elements discussed in this lesson.
Discuss strengths and weaknesses. Even if you loved your selection, think about at least one element that could be improved in some way.
A brief, spoiler-free explanation of the premise – The purpose here is simply to tell your reader what the production is about, not to be confused with a play-by-play of what happens, which would violate the no-spoiler rule. This can typically be done in a sentence or two, and should identify the main conflict we can expect to see the main characters experiencing for the bulk of the story.
Identification of the director and lead actors and actresses – This is important to many audiences. They want to know who’s behind the production’s creation as well as who they can expect to see starring in it. Depending on how much needs to be said about this, it can often be combined in a paragraph with the premise. Also useful to identify at this time is the genre, and perhaps, if worth noting, the writer(s) and production studio. These aren’t always as essential, however.
Identification of the production’s inspiration or source material – This is where the review informs readers if the production is based on something, be it a book, a historical event, etc. This can be combined with the previous section, though if quite a bit needs to be said about it, it could serve as its own section.
Explanation of how it fits in or compares to other productions of its type or genre – This isn’t necessarily telling whether it’s better or worse than other productions, though it certainly can. More, though, this is to give readers a point of reference. Think of it as an “If you liked _______, you’ll love this.”
What the production does well – Depending on the content of the review, this and the next section could be presented in either order, or even blended together at the same time. The key here is to balance specifics with maintaining a spoiler-free review. Identify what the performers’ strengths and weaknesses were in portraying their characters, discuss whether any new or interesting technology or techniques were implemented in its production, and certainly remark about the quality and impact of things like lighting, costumes, and camera work. It’s even okay to reference certain events or plot points in order to discuss these things, so long as it’s limited to details that don’t ruin twists, turns, and resolutions for people who haven’t seen it yet. That means providing more than just “It’s great” or “It’s awesome,” but providing actual specific support for why these aspects were well-executed.
What the production doesn’t do so well – This is really what people are looking for. This will tell them whether they want to see your selection or not. It will also tell those who already want to see it whether they’re likely to be disappointed. The key here is not simply to tear the film or play apart with scathing and unsupported criticisms. Just as we don’t simply want to say a movie is great without being specific, we don’t want to say that it was awful without the same kind of support.
Overall summary of thoughts and impressions – This serves as a conclusion that sums up the reviewer’s overall bottom-line conclusion about the production. While few productions are exclusively terrible or exclusively perfect, the conclusion should ultimately place it in a light of whether they recommend it or not. This can also make clarifications about what groups of people are more inclined to like or dislike the production. For instance, it may point out how children may be amused by it while parents could find it tedious.