Language for Analytical Film Reviews


Language for analysis

Film analysis involves discussing the relationship of ideas and film elements. You discuss your interpretation of the film and justify the reasons for your views.  These words and phrases are often used in analytical writing:

While planning your analytical film review, you have chosen important, significant or interesting aspects of the film to discuss. You may have considered different angles and points of view, and drawn implications. You should express these processes in your writing to reflect your analyses.

The adjectives important and significant can be combined with these nouns in your analytical discussions:

The adjectives meaningful, key, main, and relevant could also be useful in your analysis.


Language for evaluation

This assignment involves making judgements about film elements and the overall film. These adjectives can be helpful when you give your final evaluation and recommendation regarding the film. Be sure to consult a dictionary and/or concordancer to check that you use them properly.




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