Learning Goal: I’m working on a latin american studies writing question and need support to help me learn.
Choose a film listed in The New York Times article (attached) — and write a review of it.
A good film review should discuss the issues raised by the film, address the film’s importance and purpose, state reactions to the content of the film, and connect it to ideas and material presented in class.
The film review should be at 850 to 1000 words in length and include the following:
IntroductionThe introduction, which may be one paragraph or longer, should begin to evaluate the film, and it should allude to the central concept of the review. What issues does the film raise? What do you see as the main purpose of the film? What are its major themes? Remember that the reader may not have seen the film—you need to give them enough information about the film to understand the analysis you will lay out in the following paragraphs.
AnalysisKeep plot summary to a minimum to focus on analysis. How does the film’s thematic content (such as history, race, gender, sexuality, class, plot, or the environment) affect your experience and interpretation of the film? Does it support or contradict anything you have learned? Relate the film to class themes, discussions, and readings. You may also relate it to other materials, discussions, and/or knowledge. Is the film historically (or factually) accurate and realistic? You may choose to discuss whether the film’s formal techniques (such as cinematography, editing, mise-en-scène, lighting, diegetic and non-diegetic sound, genre, or narrative) work to forward the thematic content.
ConclusionThe closing of the film review should remind the reader of your general thoughts and impressions of the film and briefly summarize the strengths and weaknesses of the film.