Review 500 Competition

Review 500
Review 500
  • Please note: The Review 500 Competition has replaced our previous Review of the Week competition. We'll have a brand new Review 500 page coming in the not-too-distant future.

Our brand new Review 500 competition combines film and education to develop literacy, boost attainment and improve critical skills in young people.

Writing critical reviews of films is a fantastic means of improving young people's writing skills, freeing them to flex their literacy muscles in a way that's fun and focuses on creativity rather than perfecting spelling and punctuation, ultimately helping young people to develop a unique voice of their own.

How to Enter

  • Please note: This competition is only available to Into Film Club members.

Review 500 gives young people the chance to get creative and adds a new dimension to their film watching. Once they've watched a film, encourage your club members to log in and post a review on the relevant film page on the Into Film website. To be eligible for Review 500, reviews should be no longer than 500 words, and all eligible submissions will be judged by the Into Film Team.

A winning review will be chosen every fortnight, with the winner receiving a £20 Amazon voucher. Nine runners-up will each receive a £10 Amazon voucher, and all the chosen winners will receive a certificate and be entered into a grand draw for a special annual prize.

What's more, each winner will have their entry uploaded onto IMDb, the world's most popular and authoritative source for movie content, where their review will sit alongside professional film critics from around the world.

We welcome reviews in either English or Welsh language. Check out our Welsh-medium review writing guides. / Cofiwch bod modd adolygu yn Gymraeg neu'n Saesneg a bod modd defnyddio'r anoddau adolygu sydd ar gael yma.

If you have any questions regarding Review 500, please don't hesitate to contact us at info@intofilm.org.

What makes a winning review?

Hearing an explanation of the plot is one thing, but what we'd really like to hear is why you liked the film. How did the film make you feel? What was good about it, what was bad? How would you have improved the film?

Watch the video below to hear Radio One film critic Ali Plumb's top five tips on writing effective reviews.

If you want to delve deeper into review writing with your Into Film Club or in the classroom, our new Review Writing page collects all of our resources and helpful News and Views articles to help you support young people in developing their literacy skills through review writing.

Our Latest Review 500 Winner

Mulan - Reviewed by Daisy, aged 12, from Holy Family Catholic Primary School

This live-action remake of the 1998 original has become immensely popular since it's release in march 2020. It follows the incredible journey of a young, adventurous woman living in the harsh, cruel world of historic China. When news of a raging war hits Mulan's town, she secretly takes her father's place as a soldier, and is forced to conceal her femininity and fight in her father's place as a strong male.

While the original version of Mulan heavily features a strong aspect of romance and love, this version is not centered at all around a love story. Instead, it shows the power and the courage that Mulan possesses as she fights as a female warrior in amongst a hateful world of male dominance. There are 2 main female characters in this striking film; Mulan and the ''witch''. The 'witch' is portrayed as the supposed antagonist of the film and her powers are illustrated as that of witchcraft. However, if you examine her character, she has been appressed, manipulated and exploited, heavily contributing to her seemingly inhuman and bitter persona. It can be argued that because of her gender, her powers are not thought of as superior chi, but witchcraft, highlighting the immense gender inequality that raged through China during Mulan's lifetime. Both Mulan and the 'witch' are empowering and inspirational protagonists, making a much needed breakthrough of the stereotypes that surrounded and still surround women like Mulan.

However, I felt that this film seemed to lack the warmth that I remember so vividly in the original Mulan. There was far less of comedy as there was in the original which made Mulan's character slightly harder to relate to. But this remake is not trying to be the same as the original and has taken the storyline and made a completely different account of the traditional Chinese folktale. While the two films are very different, they share a common moral; follow your heart and never be ashamed of who you really are.

Overall, I would wholeheartedly recommend this film to families who enjoy engaging and powerful films with a prominent message entwined within them. ENJOY!