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Global View - Movie Review (C0099) A: Welcome back movie lovers to another ” Premier Movie Review”. My name is Richard Clarke and I am joined today by...

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A:

Welcome back movie lovers to another ” Premier Movie Review”. My name is Richard Clarke and I am joined today by the very erudite David Watson.

B:

Thank you Dick. Today we are going to talk about the movie ” Lion King”. Tell me Dave, what is your impression of this film?

A:

Well, I think this film is simply a fable, depicting man’s eternal greed for power, and in my opinion, it’s a very fine film. Even despite the accusations of plagiarism traditional folk tales from other countries. The musical score was amazing, the animation was very well done, and the story was simply enchanting.

B:

I think otherwise. Even though the animation was technically strong, and as you say, the score and songs performed by Elton John were great, the film lacks a certain originality; it lacked heart. And I would dare to say, it was too predictable.

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A:

Predictable! How! Come on Dick, It’s a G-rated movie! It’s for the kids! It’s not a thriller!

B:

Well, that’s just it. It did have some very dramatic and intense scenes For example when Mufasa dies, or the dark, grim portrayal of Scar. Even so, the film is linear. Mufasa dies, Simba runs away thinking it’s his fault. Falls in love and returns to retake what is rightfully his. It’s just too cliché.

A:

How can it be cliché? It’s a fable! It’s telling a time-honoured story! The movie make a point of how the hunger for power leads to corruption, and teaches children the value of respect, life and love.

B:

You have always been so soft, Dave!

A:

Open your heart Dick. Don’t shut us out.

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B:

Anyway... That’s all for today folks! Join us next time as we talk about "How to lose a guy in 10 days" I’m sure you’ll love that one Dave!

Key Vocabulary

dare to say

phrase

have the confidence to say

rightfully

General Adverb

according to law

erudite

Adjective

having a lot of knowladge; espically gained from studying

impression

common noun, singular

the feelings one has after a specific event

depict

describe, show, especially in art or pictures

fable

common noun, singular

beautiful story about animals that has a moral or lesson

eternal

Adjective

lasting forever

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accusation

common noun, plural

action of caliming something is wrong

plagiarism

common noun, nonvariable

practice of copying others’ ideas

enchanting

Adjective

attractive, holding one’s attention

score

common noun, singular

written work showing notes of music

predictable

Adjective

easy for others to foresee what is going to happen

portrayal

common noun, singular

the act of showing or describing somehting, especially in art

grim

Adjective

unpleasant

linear

Adjective

moving in logical way, from start to end

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cliche

common noun, singular

something that is too often used so that it loses meaning or importance

timehonoured

Adjective

something that survives the testing of time

soft

Adjective

not critical enough

Supplementary Vocabulary

screen play

common noun, singular

the written words from a film

performance

common noun, singular

the activity of an actor in a play

central acter

common noun, singular

the main person in a movie

common noun, singular

story in a movie or book

plot

char-

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cinematography

common noun, nonvariable

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used to describe the camera work in a movie

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