Film Analysis vs Review


Sometimes, when we want to know what a movie is about, at the simplest level, we might be asking simply for what happens. In that case, we are asking for a film synopsis:





but sometimes we are interested in what a movie is about, the meaning of a film, at a more complex or deeper level. In those cases, we write or look for TWO different kinds of written responses to movies:



FILM REVIEW (or film criticism): reviews, while incredibly useful and important arguments, have a different purpose and different genre expectations than the film analysis. Let's take a look:


FILM ANALYSIS (or film theory):




*The quoted definitions above are borrowed from this Intro to Film Theory by Christopher Jacobs, here