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Exploring Adjectives for Movie Reviews – Understanding the meaning (function), form, and use of the adjective based on its context.

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In this lesson, you will learn about how to understand the meaning, form, and use of adjectives especially for a movie review.

1. The function of adjectives in movie review

Have you ever written a movie review? Do you know what you should put into a movie review? In writing a movie review, you do not only need to pay attention to its generic structures, but also its language features such as using persuasive language, present tense, adjective, and complex sentences. However, in this lesson you will only focus on how to use adjective in writing a movie review. Using proper adjectives in a movie review is important to make a judgment. The adjectives describe the movie whether it is recommended or not.

2. The forms of Adjectives

An adjective is a word which modifies the noun or a pronoun. It is put after the linking verb (auxiliary). For example:

The movie is amazing.

  • Noun: The movie
  • Auxiliary: is
  • Adjectives: amazing

I am amazed.

  • Pronoun: I (the movie)
  • Auxiliary: am
  • Adjectives: amazed

The examples above show that the adjective “amazing” and “amazed” modify the noun and pronoun “the movie” and “I”. The adjective is put after auxiliary “is” and “am”. See another example below:

  1. Her character as a writer was interesting.
  2. I am interested in her character as a writer in that movie.

Have you identified the difference between the first and the second sentences above? Well, the sentences above have two meaning; an active meaning and a passive meaning. The word “interesting” and “interested” are from “interest”, but when you put participle –ing and –ed to make an adjective, the meaning changes.

  • Her character as a writer was interesting. (It means that the character as a writer interests you)

When you put participle –ing, the adjective has an active meaning.

  • I am interested in her character as a writer in that movie. (It means that you have an interest or feel interested in the character.)

But, when you put participle –ed, the adjective has a passive meaning.

Look at the table below to see another adjective with participle -ing and -ed.

To make an adjective has a stronger meaning you can use words such as very, really, absolutely, and extremely.
Those words are called as ***intensifier*. For examples:

  • It must be a really great movie
  • They were extremely excited in watching that movie
  • I think this movie won’t disappoint you. It is absolutely touching, witty, deep, and refreshing.

3. The use of adjectives

Adjectives are commonly placed after to be (am, are, is, was, were). However, there are some other verbs that can be followed by adjectives.

To understand how to use the words above, read the following sentences:

The director is genius in making the high quality 3D movie.
The director seems genius in making the high quality 3D movie.

She is very amazed at the story in the movie.
She feels very amazed with the story in the movie.

They feel so sleepy while watching because the movie is boring.
They feel so sleepy while watching because the movie feels boring.

After reading the explanation about form and meaning of the adjective. Now, try to understand how to use the adjective in a movie review both orally and written. Here are the examples of using adjectives in a movie review.

Do you understand?

Example of conversation:
Keyla : Have you watched ‘Letters to Juliet’ movie?
Rizal : No. What kind of movie is it?
Keyla : It is an amazing drama movie.
Rizal : What is it about?
Keyla : It tells about an old lady looks for her past boyfriend then they meet after 50 years because of letter to Juliet.

Example of text:
‘Letters to Juliet’ is an amazing movie. I absolutely loved it. It is extremely amusing because providing a lot of beautiful places in Verona, Italy. The story is also romantic and touching. You won’t regret it.’

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