FCE: writing a review on a film
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FCE: writing a review on a film
You have been asked to write a short film review for a school /college magazine. Choose any film which you think might be of interest to your fellow students. The film can be in any language and it can be of any type: comedy, thriller, science fiction, romance, historical drama etc.
Your brief is to include a clear description of the story/contents, to comment on what you think the most successful and least successful features are, and to give an overall recommendation. Write about 250 words.
What is it about?
Is there anything special / unusual about the production?
Where is it on? Are there any well-known actors? Who is the director?
Pros and cons – detailed comments on the successful and unsuccessful features of the subject.
Your comments will probably include both objective views (e.g. the costumes didn’t fit the actors properly) and subjective views (based on personal feelings) – the story wasn’t interesting or the film was too violent.
Make sure, however, that you give reasons for your comments. You may have strong positive or negative feelings about the subject of the review and this is no bad thing. A strong opinion, clearly argued, is often more interesting to read than a carefully balanced assessment. Even so, try not to be completely one-sided.
Verdict – summing-up and recommendation
The last paragraph should sum up your feelings and make it clear to the reader whether you recommend the subject without any reservations, recommend it with one or two reservations, or don’t recommend it at all.
In real life, readers often look at the last paragraph of a review first to see what the general verdict is. Make sure your review gives a clear verdict.
The book / film / programme concerns … a study of
deals with … a survey of
shows … a history of
tells the story of …
It contains a chapter on
It includes a section on
Pros and cons
really extraordinary quite interesting
fascinating amusing unimaginative
absolutely amazing fairly entertaining completely humourless
beautiful exciting hopeless
stunning informative amateurish
superb attractive over the top
brilliant successful predictable
All in all In the last analysis In conclusion To sum up On balance
An absorbing film – a fascinating insight into – a well thought out plot – brilliant acting – superb photography – delicate direction by – many dazzling moments – a powerful climax – thoroughly enjoyable – totally satisfying – a memorable film
An exceptionally tedious film – an excessively slow and boring look at life in – a chaotic story line – exceedingly poor performance by – awful amateurish camerawork – under the heavy-handed direction of – embarrassingly weak script – horribly unnatural dialogue - an ending that was ludicrous – absurd – laughable – ridiculous – totally nonsensical – dreadfully disappointing – a waste of time – absolutely worthless – pointless – stupid
Films, recommended for viewing:
1. The Quiet American (2002)
2. The Empire of the Sun (1987)
3. White Squall (1996)
4. Kramer vs Kramer (1979)
5. Dances with Wolves (1990)
6. The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
7. The Message in a Bottle (1999)
8. The Deep (1977)
9. The Legends of the Fall (1994)
10. Russia House (1990)
11. Schindler’s List (1993)
12. Dante’s Peak (1997)
13. The Constant Gardener (2005)
14. The English Patient (1996)
15. All the Pretty Horses (2000)
16. The Client (1994)
17. Mr. Destiny (1990)
18. The Body of Lies (2008)
29. The Tears of the Sun (2003)
Fowler becomes friendly with Alden Pyle (Brendan Fraser), a cheerful and articulate if seemingly naïve American who is in Saigon as part of a medical mission. As Fowler and Pyle develop a closer friendship, Pyle is introduced to Phuong, and the American soon becomes infatuated with her.
The Quiet American (2002)
Graham Greene's allegorical novel about America's role in the Vietnam conflict, and how it was perceived by the rest of the world, is brought to the screen for the second time in this adaptation directed by Phillip Noyce. Thomas Fowler (Michael Caine) is a British journalist who in 1952 is covering the early stages of the war in Indo-China for the London Times, not a demanding assignment since few in England are especially interested in the conflict. When not filing occasional reports, Fowler spends his time with Phuong (Do Thi Hai Yen), a beautiful woman who shares lovemaking and opium with Fowler and is willing to accept the fact the married journalist
will never make her his wife.
When Fowler's editors suggest he return to London, he responds by digging himself deeper in covering the war, and Pyle attempts to take Phuong away; she soon rejects him. Undaunted, Pyle continues with his work, but Fowler discovers that medical help is not what the American is bringing to Vietnam. Pyle is in fact a CIA operative who is helping to organize and finance a "Third Force" who will battle Ho Chi Min's forces as well as the French and their allies. Fowler also learns that Pyle is behind a series of bombings which are believed to have been carried out by Communist extremists, and faces the ugly fact that his American friend is in fact a terrorist killing in the name of Uncle Sam's political interests. While completed in the fall of 2001, The Quiet American went unreleased until late 2002; after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the film's producers felt the film's critical view of America's role in the Vietnam war might be considered especially offensive. (Rotten tomatoes http://www.rottentomatoes.com)
An Interview with Graham Greene
Ingenious – винахідливий, оригінальний
affable – приязний, дружній
umbilical – центральний