Professional critics aren’t the only ones who have something to say about a film. There have been plenty of times where a critic will hate a film that’s been released while audience members loved it. Sometimes the audience would like to get their say on what they thought about a particular film, but not know where to start as far as writing a review. You don’t have to be a writer in order to write a review or blog about something online. All that’s needed is a few tips on what should be included in a film review to make it sound professional, as well as objective.
Before attempting to write any review, it’s best to have general knowledge about that particular film, and everything that went into making it. The most important thing you have to do is watch the film first. You can’t write a valid review on something that you’ve never seen. So if there happens to be a critic that said something awful about a film that you may like, watch it first to see if the critic may be right, or if you’d like to write something to counter what the critic said. It’s important to know what you’re speaking on, otherwise you’ll look silly trying to write about something that you know nothing about.
Study the elements of the story, the characters, the plot. Did it make sense? Was it slow in some areas, and jumpy in other areas? Or did it flow nicely? While studying these elements, give yourself time to reflect on it, and start writing down any thoughts you may have on it.
As mentioned above, you must have time to write down any thoughts or notes that you may want to include in your review. This way, you’ll keep your train of thought fresh. This is where you’ll want to write about the main plot points of the story and what you thought about it. Usually, that’s one of the first things people reflect on when it comes to a film, the plot, and whether or not they liked it. Keep yourself focused on what sticks out and what should have stuck out more than others. If necessary, watch the film again. Sometimes it’s hard writing a review on something you’ve only seen one time. Watching it again can alert you to a major plot point that you might have missed the first time around. Be sure to write notes each time you watch the film.
Get Facts Together:
Use your notes to build facts about the film. Include information on the title, the characters and the actors/actresses who played them, the director, the cinematographer, and the film synopsis. Make sure you’re clear on these facts because you don’t want to sound confused, let alone confuse anyone else who happens to read your review. Be sure not to add any spoilers. Professional critics put their information in their reviews while being sure not to spoil it for those who have no seen the film. So make sure you’re writing about the facts the film was based around while being careful not to write about the details of any scenes.
This is an important step. You must be object and not let any personal feelings get in the way when it comes to writing your review. Don’t side with the film based on your favorite actor or actress being in it. Your favorite actor has nothing to do with it. The point is, did they do their role justice, did the director do a good job, did the story make sense…. These are things you have to focus on. There have been plenty of times when I watched a film with one of my favorite actor or actress, but thought the role would have been done better if someone else has done it. It’s very important to be objective if you want to make a career out of critiquing films. This way, your review(s) will not only look professional, but they’ll sound professional.
Analyze Final Thoughts:
While analyzing your thoughts, notes, and facts, make sure you include your overall impression of the film, as well as the quality of the story, the acting etc… You can also include the techniques the director and crew used to bring the film to life.
Once you have everything in order, you’re well prepared to write you review using the tips above. Remember not to include any personal feelings, as personal feelings have nothing to do with how the film turned out. The only thing you might be able to get away with would be if you mention a general statement here or there about the actor(s) you like before getting down to the nitty gritty of the film. Don’t worry if your first review turns out to be only “so so”. It takes practice to get down the art of successfully critiquing a film. If this is something you would like to turn into a career, it’s best to get educated on all aspects of acting and filmmaking. So consider that before writing your next review.