A review is an evaluation of a publication, such as a movie, book, article or anything else. The review’s author may assign the work a rating to indicate its relative merit. On simpler terms, review means giving anything a status, whether good or bad. Sometimes, review may be a way of appreciating a good work, or suggesting for making better work and sometimes they can be out rightly complain. No matter what the review says, it is obvious that it is objective and informative.
A film review can have the power to either degrade or to upgrade the movie’s popularity. The review depends on the reviewer. It is just the view or the personal opinion of the people, thus a review can differ from person to person. Some may review a movie as good and some may review it as bad. One film review by one person may degrade the movie, while the other person may praise the movie. It is also highly possible that some movies are not liked my many reviewers and some of the movies are liked by all reviewers.
In terms of Nepali movie reviews, a movie can’t depend on the reviews. The reason for this is that, we don’t have professional reviewers also known as film critics as there are in Hollywood and Bollywood. The Indian and English film fraternity is crowded with professional reviewers which makes the reviews so important. They have the power to tell the future of a movie. It is entirely up to them to review movies, once they are screened and make comments on them. It is their full time job, a career. Their reviews can either lure the audience or keep them away. With so many reviewers, the idea of the movie is clear to the audience.
The Nepali movies don’t have professional film critics. Most of the Nepali movie reviews are done by journalists. They are not professional comments and a movie or the audience can’t depend on such criticism. There are very few film critics in Nepal, like Viplob Pratik and Dipendra Lama. They hardly write reviews on popular media circle. Then again, even an audience can make a review. All you have to do is watch the movie and criticize about it or appreciate it, but then they are sure to be different that what a true critic will have to say about it.
There are obviously film reviews, which one reads in the newspapers and online, but they are not professional. They don’t include the technical aspect of the movie. A non-professional review will tell you about how well the story was but won’t be strictly looking upon the editing or other technical aspect of the movie. All in all they are not professional enough. They won’t rate the movies like the way a true critic would. That is why; a professional review is a must.
A film review plays a huge role in the sales of the movie or the number of audience it can have. They can influence a reader’s view about, whether they want to watch a movie or not. Thus, the review must not be partial. A bad review to a good movie can be a huge loss for the producers. Thus, a reviewer must be wise and responsible. They should have sound knowledge on technical aspect and movie making. Most of the reviews that we read in newspaper, magazine or online don’t present a complete picture of a film and thus, they should not be the basis for us to go and watch or not watch a movie. The Nepali film industry thus, needs better and professional reviewers. If Nepali movies are to get good film critics then Nepali movies are sure to get some deep and professional views. It will be better for the film industry and we will surely see more and better works from actors and directors alike.