Talking about the movies in English

Talking about the movies in English mostly relies on your range of vocabulary. In this lesson, we will look at the different words used to describe movies, the different genres (types) of movie, and how you can express opinions about movies you have seen or heard about. Just a quick note – ‘movies’ is an American English word – in British English, the word ‘films’ is more common.

You probably already know the basic language such as cinema, actor, and box office, but do you know the higher level of vocabulary? What’s a protagonist? What kind of movie can be described as spine tingling? What’s the word for the short clips of future films that they play before the main film when you go to the cinema? By the end of this lesson you will be able to talk much more accurately about movies, explain the plot (the story line) and accurately talk about what you liked and didn’t like.

Right – ready to go? the first step in confidently talking about the movies in English means knowing the vocabulary for the film industry and the different genres of film, so let’s start there.