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Activity 3

Writing a film review

A must-see!

A must-see!

Skyfall is one of the best action films in recent years. Released in 2012, it is a thrilling James Bond adventure where the past plays an important role.

The plot involves a genius computer hacker (Javier Bardem) who is an ex-spy. He wants to take revenge on the organisation he worked for and James Bond (Daniel Craig) prevents that from happening. There are a lot of exciting action scenes while 007 pursues him around the world. The film is set in different locations, which gives it a very international atmosphere. The soundtrack is impressive, including the theme song “Skyfall” by Adele, and the acting is also of a very high standard.

I highly recommend this film, especially if you are keen on action films. I am sure you will not regret watching it!

Tips for writing reviews

1. Use vocabulary specifically related to films.

2. Say what happens in the film, but...

3. ... don’t give away the ending!

4. Talk about different aspects of the film.

5. Use a variety of adjectives and descriptive phrases.

6. Finish by saying whether you would recommend the film.

Remember: give the readers enough information about the plot, but no spoilers!


Read the review above.
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What strikes you?

List all the positive vocabulary in it.

Find in the review the words corresponding to aspects 1, 2, 3 of the tips.

Useful vocabulary: Words like… sound positive to me…
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What strikes you?

List all the negative vocabulary in it.

Find in the review the words corresponding to aspects 4, 5, 6 of the tips.

Useful vocabulary: Words like… they make me think of…

Let's talk this out!

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Share your findings with your classmates.

Which argument makes you feel like watching the film?

Useful vocabulary: Personally, I feel like watching this film because… This film is a must-see… I was hooked by… I can’t agree more with… I definitely don’t enjoy...

Let's learn!

Guess the film!

  • Round 1: Say the title of a film (any kind of movie). Your classmate has to say three things to describe it.

    Ex: Guardians of the Galaxy? Science fiction, exciting and funny! A Star is born? Musical, romantic, sad.

  • Round 2: Reverse situation. Give the words to characterise a film. This time, your classmate has to remember its title.

  • Over to you!

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    Let’s use what you have learnt in and / or !

    Your school is starting a film club! Participate in the selection of the theme for next month’s issue. You definitely want it to be about silent cinema. Prepare your presentation and convince them.

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