|IELTS Cue Card - Describe your favourite movie|
Describe your favourite movie
You should say:
- what the name of the movie/ film is
- what the theme of the movie/ film is
- why you like it so much
and describe the story of the movie in brief.
You will have one to two minutes to speak about the topic. You have one minute to consider what you will say. If you want, you can make some notes to help you.
Model Answer 1
Some movies we view and immediately forget, while others leave an indelible mark on us. My favorite movie is "3 Idiots," and I'd want to talk about it. Indian film legend Raj Kumar Hirani helmed and produced this Bollywood film. I was thrilled to see this film since it was based on the acclaimed novel 5 Points Someone and because it starred one of my favorite artists, Aamir Khan.
Three close friends from an exclusive Indian university are at the center of this film. Despite their varied cultural backgrounds and aspirations, our heroes all find themselves in the same engineering school. As a result, we can discuss how Asian parents inculcate their children with unrealistic expectations. One of them is unusual in his outlook on life and incredibly gifted in technical matters. However, unlike him, none of his pals were very bright or focused on any one area.
Since its first debut in 2009, quite some time has passed, but I still rank this film among my favorites of all time. At the time, I was in school, and I recall watching it with my buddies. The film is expertly put together and features a number of surprising developments. It received generally positive reception from viewers all across the world.
Because of the numerous important lessons it imparts about friendship, success, and the American educational system, this is my favorite film. Three college friends come together in this film to celebrate their friendship. It also emphasizes the importance of doing what we love rather than focusing on academic performance. The video also raises concerns about the Indian education system, which places more value on test scores than on students' originality and initiative when it comes to finding employment.
Model Answer 2
There are some films that we view and then entirely forget about a few days later. And then there are films like "Forrest Gump" that we can watch over and over again without tiring of since they always teach us something new and give us a new perspective on our life.
Forrest Gump is a simple (some would say "low IQ") but good-natured Alabama child who spends his formative years as a friend and companion to Jenny, a lovely young lady. His mother gives him guidance and then lets him make his own decisions in life.
Forrest enlists and serves in Vietnam, where he makes friends, receives honors, starts a shrimp fishing business worth millions, composes songs and bumper stickers, gives to those in need, and even meets the president on multiple occasions. Forrest, though, doesn't give a hoot about any of this because he can't fix his high school girlfriend Jenny Curran's situation.
Despite the fact that many around him are actively attempting to "degrade" him physically and mentally, the film's overarching message is that one should flee as fast as possible away from all the negative thoughts, influences, and bullies of life.
I can't quite put my finger on why I enjoy this film so much. This film is one of my favorites because it encourages us to seek for the meaning of life for ourselves rather than relying on the opinions of others. In addition, I appreciate this film because it encourages us to "respect" others, even if they appear "simplistic" in thinking and conduct, because they, too, have ambitions and pursue those dreams fruitfully. Last but not least, I enjoy this film because of the memorable lines of speech, many of which are described as "simple yet powerful" (such as, "Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you're going to get.).
Model Answer 3
Considering how many excellent films exist, picking a favorite is a difficult task. A German film called "The Lives of Others" stands out to me as the one that left the most profound impression.
The events of this film take place in communist East Germany just before the fall of the Berlin Wall. The Stasi, the East German secret police, used to conduct widespread surveillance at the period.
A dramatist named Dreyman and a Stasi spy named Weisler are the film's two primary characters. Weisler's task is to put Dreyman under constant surveillance. Weisler's mission at the Stasi is to report back to his superiors and destroy the playwright's reputation.
But he feels bad for the writer and his girlfriend and decides not to tell anyone about the major developments.
Cutting from Dreyman and his friends' lively and exciting lives to Weisler's lonely attic clearly highlights the contrast between the two men. The film is shot in such a way that you feel like you, too, are spying on Dreyman; in fact, I felt a twinge of guilt while watching it.
This film is great because it features interesting, multifaceted characters and a compelling story with many surprising turns. We have no idea how the movie will conclude until the very last minute.
In addition to being a fascinating read, it provokes serious thought by making one wonder how many Stasi agents actually took precautions to safeguard the lives of the persons they were eavesdropping on.
Concerning the message it conveys, I believe the key idea is that we can discover humanity and generosity in the unlikeliest of settings. The movie teaches us that there are always gray areas between the obvious choices. The film is a cautionary tale about the perils of living under an authoritarian and paranoid system, which could be especially timely in our age of ubiquitous monitoring.
Model Answer 4
Casablanca, directed by Michael Curtiz, is the best film ever made in my opinion. The narrative was taken from the play "Everybody Comes to Ricks," which premiered in 1943. American actors Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman starred in this film. It was a love story set in the tumultuous years of WWII, and the movie was a dramatic success.
The story follows a guy struggling with conflicting feelings of love and duty. Despite his claims of neutrality, American expat Rick ran across his ex-lover Ilsa in his nightclub and gambling den in 1941. Laszlo, a famous leader of the Czech resistance, was there with her. For them to get to America and continue fighting the Nazis there, they needed a letter. The German Major has arrived in Casablanca to ensure Laszlo's failure. In the middle of the night, Ilsa confronted Rich in the empty cafe and demanded the letter. The letter was the reason she threatened him with a gun, and she subsequently admitted that she still loved him. Learning that Ilsa was already married to Laszlo before he even met her made Rick's bitterness disappear. They were about to take off together, but Ilsa had to cancel since she discovered her husband was still alive and in critical condition. After hearing the whole tale, Rick settled down and agreed to give Laszlo the letter so that he could travel to the United States without incident. To escape together, they would go in a different direction. Finally, to Ilsa's great surprise, Rick agreed to let her and Laszlo take a flight to the United States.
Being deemed "Culturally," "Historically," and "Aesthetically" significant, the picture was chosen for preservation in the United States National Film Registry in 1989. According to the American Film Institute's list of the 100 greatest movies of all time, it ranks as number two.
I have watched the film more than twice or thrice. Everything about the film, from the script to the performances to the scripted conversation, is amazing. The film moved me to tears and quickly became my all-time favorite film.
Model Answer 5
Thank you very much for allowing me discuss about this cue card topic. I had the misconception that discussing my favorite film would be simple, but in reality, there are a lot of aspects to consider and only so much time available to do so. However, I will try.
For me, the best film of all time is "Citizen Kane," an American mystery drama directed by Orson Welles. Orson Welles played the lead role in addition to directing, producing, and co-writing the film. As the recipient of the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, I agree that the film's uniqueness and brilliance are due in large part to the quality of its screenplay. Cinematography, music, editing, and narrative structure in Citizen Kane have all been praised for being groundbreaking, contributing to the film's reputation as one of the all-time greats.
The epic story of a publishing tycoon's rise and fall, directed by Orson Welles, is regarded as a cinematic masterpiece due to its amusing, dramatic, and imaginative storytelling. In this fictionalized account, a journalist is tasked with deciphering the dying words of newspaper magnate Charles Foster Kane. As he does so, he uncovers a fascinating portrait of a complex man who rose from obscurity to astounding heights. The reporter worries he will never fully understand the meaning of Kane's final phrase, "Rosebud," despite the fact that his friend and colleague Jedediah Leland and his mistress Susan Alexander have provided some insight into the enigmatic man's life.
I liked the movie for a number of different reasons, and it was a masterpiece in every sense of the word. The film's unique and trendsetting acting, production, cinematography, soundtrack, editing, and narrative structure are the primary draws for audiences. There aren't many films like this one, but I think it's the greatest I've ever seen.
The movie ends with the reporter, who was tasked with uncovering the meaning of Kane's final word, saying that he has come to the conclusion that he cannot solve the enigma and that the meaning of Kane's last word, "Rosebud," will remain a secret for all time. In the final moments of the film, we learn that Kane, then eight years old, was playing on a sled marketed under the name "Rosebud" on the day he was abducted from his Colorado home. The workers at Xanadu deemed the sled to be useless, so they disposed of it by burning it. The innocence of childhood and enjoyment in simple thing are incomparable and frequently hold the secret of life, is something I learned from the movie.
Preparation Tips for this cue card topic:
As part of your preparation for this cue card chose a movie that was based on real war and has historic value and was adopted from a book. Doing so you would be able to answer the following cue cards as well:
- Describe a movie that was made based on a real event.
- Describe a movie that was created based on a historic event.
- Describe a war movie you have watched.
- Talk about a film which was adapted from a book.
- Talk about a critically acclaimed film you that you have watched.
- Describe the best film you have seen this year.
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