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In the reviewer’s opinion ...
Last week here in feature focus we used a personality profile of Phanom Yeeram, the star of the movie Ong-Bak, as the basis for the lesson. This week the article for you to read is a review of the movie written by the Post’s regular reviewer, K. Rudeen. The purpose of a review is to give readers the one person’s opinion of the movie and to tell something about the movie so you can decide if you want to see it or not.
What, then, do you think you will find when you read a movie review? Here is a list of possible topics often included by reviewers. Read the list now. Then after you have read, check the ones that Rudeen included in this review.
If you read reviews often you will discover that most reviewers include many of the same ideas.Getting the main idea
Another thing you can expect from most review – certainly from those written by K. Rudeen – is a very clear main idea suggested in the title, the sub-title (in large print) and the opening paragraph. Look at the words in those parts of this week’s review: fury, lethal (meaning deadly), painful, violence, vulgarity (rude behaviour) and satanic. Those words certainly suggest that this is not an easy movie to watch, especially if violence and vulgarity upset you.
However, read the first paragraph carefully. What does Rudeen say about the violence and vulgarity — the satanic duo)? Does he think the movie succeeds as entertainment, as a potential money-maker? Underline two phrases that give you the answers.Getting the tough stuff
Rudee is a rather sophisticated writer; his reviews are not easy to read. To help you understand the tough passages the following sentences are summaries, one for each paragraph beginning with paragraph two. Read the sentences first, then as you read the review, write the letter of the summary beside the matching paragraph. You’ll be happy to find that not all the paragraphs are tough; some are really fun.
If you read last week’s feature focus based on a profile of Phanom Yeerum, you will find these movie words repeated: flick, B-movie, double, and stunt which mean film, not top quality, substitute and physical trick, respectively.
OUR STORY FROM THE BANGKOK POST