The Movie Essay For your next essay, you will analyze a theme found within your movie. Keep these points in mind when evaluating: You are not writing a review or a summary of a movie. You are evaluating a theme that emerges from the movie. Many times a movie will have more than one theme; focus on just one. Identify elements in the movie that help expand upon the theme. Analyze the usage of the elements (acting, lighting, symbolism, imagery, etc.). Avoid plot summaries. (A plot summary will lead to an automatic F.) You may provide a very brief synopsis of the movie within the introduction, but no more. You may refer to certain scenes and describe them briefly in the body of the essay, but only to make a point. You may quote from the movie, but you must also analyze the importance of the quote. Make sure the essay maintains unity and organization throughout; as such, you must have a thesis, which will be your theme, and an introductory paragraph. You must have body paragraphs with strong supporting details, and you must have a concluding paragraph. Use the MLA style for your header and page numbering. The length of the paper is a minimum of four pages long. Use present tense; italicize the title of the movie; mention the director's name. Do not use the title of the movie as the title of your essay; create a title that reflects the theme of your essay. Compose the essay in a multi-paragraph format. Open with an introductory paragraph that sets up the situation and establishes the thesis for your analysis. Develop details in the body paragraphs (at least, three) that follow through examples, imagery, illustrations, descriptions, and ideas. Let your thoughts about situations enhance the analysis. Make sure the details follow through within a sequence. Use transitions to bridge thoughts and details. Do not use second person. Do not use first person; as such, don't focus on yourself. Use third person. Conclude with a concluding paragraph; compose the paragraph with thoughts that wrap up your insight on the theme for your movie.