Length: 1000-1500 words (excluding header and title) Sources: No sources should

Length: 1000-1500 words (excluding header and title)
Sources: No sources should be used
Your assignment is to review any film of your choosing. Give your review an interesting title; it
should not simply be the title of the film you’re reviewing.
Choose a movie you have strong convictions about––whether they are positive, negative, or
some combination. Introduce the movie by title, director, and year, and mention any stars. Rather
than telling the reader if the movie was really awesome or terrible, highlight one or two of the
best or worst aspects of the film. Choose a highlight like special effects, an actor’s performance
that dominates the film, a lack of logic in the plot, or some other aspect that sticks out to you.
Avoid relaying the entire plot of the movie in your review. Do not turn the review into a synopsis
of the film. Insert a SPOILER ALERT above a paragraph that reveals a surprise plot turn if you
cannot adequately relate the essence of the movie’s plot without the revelation. Try to find ways
to avoid any spoilers while still getting the point of your review across.
Address the film in the context of its genre. Become aware of what audiences generally tend to
expect from a science fiction epic, a romantic comedy, or a tearjerker drama. Inform yourself
about the conventions and cliches associated with specific movie genres so that you can
recognize and relate to your readers such examples as how the science fiction movie breaks new
ground in special effects or how the romantic comedy is a little more than a collection of the
most obvious cliches associated with that genre. Consider checking out The Guardian (https://
www.theguardian.com/us/film), Rotten Tomatoes (https://www.rottentomatoes.com), IMDB
(https://www.imdb.com), and rogerebert.com.
Evaluate all the components that make up a “good” or “bad” movie and provide insight into how
these components are addressed in the movie you are reviewing. For example, state that the
acting is very effective, but the storyline presents nothing new or interesting; use examples to
show how the direction of the movie is creative, but not enough to fill in gaping plot holes. These
are simply examples to get the gears turning, so please don’t repeat them verbatim in your own
Conclude with your recommendation to see the movie or not, giving specific reasons as to
whether it is worth our time or the price of admission.
Feel free to use first- and second-person here, but do take care to use it sparingly.