Among the many types of theme, teachers often ask for a review, usually on a film seen in class or a book to read at home. The company, however, is not the simplest, as the review needs some elements necessary to complete the presentation of the book or film, and also we must be careful not to make the text trivial, reduced to the simple plot and discounted comments and unconvincing. For these reasons, therefore, we try to understand how to do a review, what elements must be included and how to organize everything to do a good job and have excellent results. Let’s start!
WHAT IS A REVIEW?
To understand how to do a review for an task it is advisable to know what it is! The review of a book is a writing with which a book is presented, with author, title, plot, analysis of the characters and themes, a personal comment and so on. The review of a film is a text with which a film is presented, introduced by title, genre, director, main authors, and then composed by plot, character analysis, themes and personal opinion. It is, in short, a written text with which we must entice the public to read a book or watch a movie.
Since a review of a film or a book is usually asked at school, let’s see together how to do these two types of review.
HOW TO MAKE A FILM REVIEW
To do a good review of a film you must first gather information about the film, so as to give it a complete view. So, while watching, let’s arm ourselves with paper and pen and write down everything we need.
How to review a movie. Phase I: information gathering
1. General information
The review of a film must have some fixed elements, which serve to give all the basic information about the film:
- movie director
- main actors
2. Plot of the film
Subsequently, while watching the film, we note the events, so as to have a basis on which to then develop the plot. We pay attention to the names of the characters, the places, the key scenes.
3. Aspects of the film
After the plot, we will have to analyze the film taking into consideration some aspects, such as:
- the psychology of the characters: we observe behaviors, mimics and actions
How to review a movie. Phase II: review of the review. At this point we have collected enough material, but to be more confident we watch the film a second time, in order to better memorize the plot and retrieve details that may have escaped us. Then we start writing our review in this order:
We introduce the film with general information, namely title, director, year, main actors.
We write the plot, remembering to report also where the film is set and in what historical context. In writing the plot we are careful not to give too much detailed information, and above all we do not reveal the ending, otherwise the purpose of the review is canceled!
3. Analysis of the film
We then analyze the film in all its elements: characters, environment, script, dialogues, costumes, soundtrack, and everything we notice and want to highlight.
4. Personal comment
Finally, we write an opinion on the film, highlighting what we liked and what it was lacking.
HOW TO WRITE THE REVIEW OF A BOOK
The review of a book requires the same procedure as the film, they simply change the elements to be included in the text.
How to write a book review. Phase I: information gathering. The first thing to do to write a book review is to gather information.
1. General information
First of all, we collect general information on the book, that is:
- year of publication
While reading, let’s try to make a brief summary of what we have read, so as not to leave anything out during the “writing” phase.
3. Details of the book
We pay close attention to the characters, the environment, the style of the writer, the historical context, the succession of events.
How to do a book review. Phase II: drafting of the review. After reading, we can start writing our review on the book, according to the following scheme:
The introduction presents the book with its main elements, namely title, author, year of publication, genre.
2. Biography of the author
We write a short biography of the author, so as to give some general information.
We then continue with the plot, which must contain the essential information, but without revealing the ending.
3. Analysis of the book
We then move on to the analysis of the book: characters, environment, dialogues, author’s style, historical context and so on.
4. Personal comment
Finally, we finish our review with a personal comment: did we like the book? Which scene struck us most? Will we read another book by the same author?
HOW TO MAKE A REVIEW: LATEST FINDINGS
These are the main elements that a review must contain. But let’s not forget some small tricks, which we must always keep in mind:
the style must be simple, clear and direct
attention to punctuation and spelling errors
we check that we have written all the information exactly