"Into the Great Silence": Starting with the bare bones of criticism (or talking about films in general)January 23
How to write a movie review? Who is your audience? What should you expose about the film? Is it ethical to expose ANYTHING about the plot? Is it right to deem a film good or bad? Perhaps you may say I should stop thinking so much and just write the review. But for me it is infinitely more complicated than that. I must have written over a hundred reviews (whether they have been for a class or a paper or a website or just for myself) in my short life. So why am I choking now? Because I have a fairly large audience. Plus, I am really trying to think about this! What REALLY is a movie review and what should it do? Throughout the rest of my time here, apart from my posts about my experiences here and about the films, I will continue to explore these ideas by exploring the film "Into Great Silence".
Let's start with some facts. When you see a film, what can you actually say about it? I mean, what can you say about it which will not deviate from what other people notice about any film? So I will point out some facts about "Into Great Silence".
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2)It contains images of scenery from both outside and inside the monastery.
3)It contains very little dialogue compared to most films.
4)There are repeating scenes and imagery.
5)There is no non-diagetic (outside the realm of the film) sound.
6)There are intermittent cuts of quotes (assumedly from the Bible).
In my mind, notes like this are the bare bones of a movie review/critique. What happens from here on out depends on the audience and the critic. Moreover, it seems to me that the stakes get higher when you expound on any such points. I would like anyone who is reading this to reflect on these points and consider perhaps where I could go from here. Stay tuned...