How to write a film review for your C1 exam

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Here is a review I have written on the film The Fundamentals of Caring:

The Fundamentals of Caring

The Fundamentals of Caring is a    comedy-drama    film     starring    Paul Rudd as Ben; Craig Roberts as Trevor and Selena Gomez as Dot. The film    premiered    on January 29, 2016, and was subsequently     released    on Netflix.

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Ben, an unemployed middle-aged man lands a job as Trevor's caregiver, a teenage boy with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy who spends most of his time stuck indoors fantasising about places he'd like to see in the USA, including the world’s deepest pit. Ben convinces Trevor to go on a road trip with him, where they come across Dot, a young hitchhiker. 

Their various     trials and tribulations     give Trevor lots of new life experiences and Ben also     faces some of his demons     along the way. Their friendships are convincing and they come up against various challenges together, which are truly moving at times.

Perhaps the     plot     is slightly too sentimental but the dry wit of the characters and the bonds they form are credible enough to make this film a bit of a tear-jerker. The      standout performance     is by Gomez, whose empathy towards Trevor is evident from the outset. The     scenery     of the various states they      pass through      is     breath-taking    and this is one of the strengths of the film.  

Even if you are not keen on this genre, I'd recommend giving this film a go. Despite some strained moments, it is overall a very     heart-warming     film with a powerful message of the importance of friendship.

My top tips for review language:

  • Phrasal verbs e.g. come across
  • adjectives e.g sentimental
  • film-related vocabulary e.g. starring
  • collocations/phrases e.g. give....a go

So give review writing a go! Include all the language I've mentioned above and you'll be well on your way!

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