Critical Review Choose one film and write a critical review of it.
Choose one film and write a critical review of it. This review should discuss the genre or genres of the film, how the film measures up to other films in its genre, the impact (positive or negative) of that film on other films, and the social context of the film. In short, is it an important film in its genre? Why, or why not? What are its strengths and weaknesses with regard to its generic elements? Assignment Details and Outline You will find below a suggested essay outline and the marking rubric that will be used to evaluate your work. Your finished paper should be roughly 1,500 words long, doubled-spaced, and formatted in MLA or APA style. Please see the “Resources: General, Writing, and Research” link on our main course page for resources and guidance on citation and on academic writing in general—see in particular AU’s Write Site and Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab (OWL). If necessary, you can ask your tutor for further assistance. Before you write your essay, please also read the “Writing Essays” section in our Course Information manual. It is essential that you include textual proof within your essay; quotations and citations taken directly from a source to support your arguments should appear within your content, properly cited. The recommended development sections that follow may comprise more than one paragraph, depending on your writing approach and style. Your tutor is available to review an outline of your intentions before you begin writing your essay. Please read Developing an Outline on the OWL site before you begin. Introduction In your introduction, summarize and contextualize your chosen film and its provenance. In your own words, explain the purpose of the filmmakers and their objectives. Within the introduction, identify the key elements of the rhetorical situation: What is prompting the message? What circumstances are prompting the communication? Who is the sender of the message and what is their intention? Who is the intended audience? What is the main message conveyed by this film and how is it conveyed? What is the genre of this film and how does it respond to the parameters of its genre? In your own thesis statement, briefly outline the rhetorical approaches you will discuss in your development as well as the content analysis techniques that you have used to deconstruct your selection of text—that is, which online rhetorical analysis tools you used. Development I: Focus on Content Use the online rhetorical analysis tool that you have chosen to analyze the excerpt(s) of monologue/dialogue that you have taken from the film. The content and direction of this section will depend on your observations and the conclusions that you draw based on the results of your analysis. Key points to consider are What words are repeated by the speaker? What are the relationships between or among these words? What effects are produced by the use of these words (for example, associations, images, impressions)? How does this relate to the intention and message of the film? Development II: Focus on Rhetorical Technique In this section, respond to the following questions. Note that these questions are directly related to the concepts presented in Units 1 and 2. What is the genre of the film? How is the film organized? Which principles of literary genres are present in this film? How would you characterize the style and tone of the film? Which images, techniques, or devices have been borrowed from literature to enhance the communication of the film’s message? Development III: Focus on Rhetorical Effectiveness In this section, respond to the following questions in relation to the effectiveness of the delivery of the intended message. Use your knowledge of film and genre, as well as your own reaction to the film, to guide your response. Does the genre serve to effectively communicate the main message of the film—the filmmakers’ thesis? What are the strengths and weaknesses of this film with regard to its generic elements? Do the rhetorical techniques used in your selection(s) of text complement the content? Is the content effectively delivered through the rhetorical strategies used? Does the film succeed in delivering the filmmakers’ main message? If so, how does it achieve this? If not, how could the message be delivered more effectively? Through another genre? Through other rhetorical techniques? Conclusion In your conclusion, revisit the main ideas and arguments that you present in your paper. Restate whether you, in the end, feel that the film fulfills its intended purpose. Consider whether the document effectively addresses all of the elements of the rhetorical situation: purpose, audience, stakeholders, and context.