MOVIE AND LITERATURE ANALYSIS
Students are required to compose a film/literature critique on each of the films/stories assigned in the course. The analysis should be between 500 and 750 words long. They should be well written, following standard rules of grammar and composition, and developing consistent, cohesive ideas over several paragraphs. The goal of each analysis is to integrate the course content with the characters, situations, and themes of the film/literature.
This assignment is an analytical essay on a film/story, in which you give your opinion on the theme of the film/story as it relates to the course concepts and then give your reasons for your opinion. Do not limit yourself to reacting to the piece (“I loved it !”) and do not use generic terms like “incredible,” “wonderful,” “marvelous,” etc. Unlike a review, you assume that the reader is familiar with the piece; you do not need to give an extensive plot summary; you do not need to hide plot information so as not to spoil the surprise of the viewer; and you do need to be consistently analytical and critical.
Your first paragraph should summarize the plot or principal action or genre, and act as a transition to the analytical part of the essay.
The second and third paragraphs should explain how the piece depicted the course concepts for the week and/or course and why the depiction was or was not meaningful. What course lessons were learned? What suggestions might you give to the role players to effectuate different and perhaps more satisfying (or even prosperous) result? You need to include at least 3 quotes from the piece to back-up your arguments.
You are under all circumstances to make sure the opinions expressed in your film analysis are yours and not those borrowed from a printed or internet source! Plagiarism will be severely treated in this class. I encourage you to consult outside sources on the film you are analyzing, but you must use a reference system to credit all the sources you use.
Your analysis should also answer any questions posed in Canvas.
Tips for an effective film critique:
- Treat the movie as a literature piece. As you watch the movie and piece together your reflection paper, see the film as other works of literature you have studied. Bring out the themes and motifs in the movie, as it relates to the course content.
- Select a good business/human resources focus for your paper. Talk about the effectiveness of different characters. HINT: Identify 2-3 course concepts in the film and discuss them demonstrating your familiarity with both the concepts and the film.
- Select the elements to include. As you work out on how to write a reflection paper on a movie, always have in mind the production elements, which stand out in the film. How are the events of the story harmonizing to bring out the main theme?
- Do not repeat the story.
- Organize your paper in paragraphs.
- Do not be a film critic.