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Terminology and Jargon : Movie review words

Last time I talk about how to be (or not to be) great, good and bad reviewers. Today, I want to touch a little bit words commonly used in a movie reviews that you might found useful to use in your own review.

While the best review is the one that can convince the readers to watch (or not to) a movie, it might have lack of credibility when you failed to address something obvious in the movie because you didn't know or lack the knowledge of words to use in it.

Because of that, today I want to give several terms that you might found useful to use when you are writing your own review. These terms are also applicable in other review like books, comics, and maybe not food but who knows.

Jump The Shark / Nuke The Fridge

Lets start with the one that will ultimately convince the readers to not watch a movie or TV series. These two terms possessed the same meaning and commonly used when reviewing TV series or movie franchises. It has the meaning of it has lost its way and ultimately bad and should not be watch. Do remember that the show must be good at first and decline in its quality so the words can be used. The term 'Jump The Shark' was taken from a scene in a TV series (you can easily google that), while Nuke The Frdige was taken from the infamous nuclear explosion scene in Indiana Jones 4.

Hanging A Lantern/Lampshade
This is a term used when the character address something that happen in the story in order to address ridiculous plot line or to maintain suspension of disbelief. If you watch Malay soap opera, you may sometimes heard a dialogue that said the love story in the drama is like a TV drama. That is Hanging A Lantern or how Han Solo address the Starkiller Base is just another Death Star in Star Wars Episode 7.Do Aware this is different that Breaking The Fourth Wall because they are not interacting with the audiences.

Breaking The Fourth Wall
Breaking The Fourth Wall is when a character in a movie suddenly break out from the movie and communicate with the audiences. Again, this is different from Narration as narration while it seems that the narrator is talking to you, (s)he might be talking to someone else. Deadpool is a character popular with this trope as seen in its recent movie. The term come from theater. The stage of a theater will always have three wall' two sides and back and the fourth wall is considered the audiences as the actors seems to didn't notice them so when they suddenly communicate with the audiences directly, it seems like they have break the wall that hide the audiences.

 This is a term that originated from comic book. Fridging means to introduce a character just to be killed so it motivates the characters forward. It came from a scene in Green Lantern, where Kyle Reyner's girlfriend was killed and stuffed into fridge which pushed him to act. Fridging is a less popular term among movie reviewer as this is considered as a norm in a movie or writing in general.

Mary Sue
Mary Sue refers to a character, most of the time female but it can be male, where (s)he is considered as a perfect character; genius, likeable, and capable in every way. Most of the time Mary Sue is considered as the representation of the writer itself. The term came from a character in a Star Trek fan fiction named Mary Sue in which she is the greatest cadet with great mind and capabilities and loved by all the main character. Do aware that this character may have enemy but you can bet either (s)he can turn that enemy over or come on top. The line between Mary Sue and non-Mary Sue has blurred lately as you can bet all the main protagonist has to be likable by other character but look closely and if the character possessed no negative traits, that you can bet that a Mary Sue.

Windows In

Windows In is considered as the character that represent the audiences in the movie. (S)He is the character that casually or constantly ask question in the movie and most of the time is the rookie or newbie in the team. This character is brought in when you have such a complex world but little time to explain to the audiences. Ellen Page's character in Inception is a very good example, but the worst possible of execution. Both Finn and Rey in The Force Awaken are good example of good windows in character.

There you go, some of review terms that I'm sure you will found it useful in doing your own review. I'm sure will come back to this when I found more words to tell. Stay tuned for an either Boboiboy or Zootopia review and the return of Chronicle. Follow and like Comikrew Studio right here or on Facebook. Subscribe to my comic at Tapastic and finally follow and hit me up on Twitter.


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