Preparing for writing a film review: What to include in a film review


I asked students to mindmap what they thought needed to be included in a film review. Most came up with a synopsis and opinion but some key ingredients were missing so after discussion I showed them the slide with the kind of information they might want to include.



I gave students an Alex Zane film review (The Sun) and modelled how I wanted them to annotate it (see slide with purple annotations). for the key ingredients. Zane’s reviews are usually short, accessible and humorous but contain a surprising amount of the key ingredients. Students then annotated their review and answered the questions about what they thought of the review and whether or not it made them want to watch the film and why/why not.


I asked them to think about what they thought were the 3 key ingredients. Get students to imagine that they had to write a review using ONLY 3 of the ingredients.

What to include in a film review

Alex Zane Reviews




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