Describe A Movie You Recently Watched – IELTS Speaking Cue Card Sample 83
Talk about a movie or performance that you watched recently.
Please say :
- What was it about?
- When and where did you watch it?
- Did you like it? Why?
Lately, I haven’t had much time to go out for a movie since I’ve been up to my eyeballs in reports and presentations. Hence, to relax and boost myself, I rented some good old movies and made myself some healthy snacks for a late-night treat. “Silver Linings Playbook” is one of my all-time favorites and I’ve lost count of how many times I watched it.
The last time I watched it, was a week ago on Saturday night. I don’t prefer Oscar-nominated movies due to their complexity and lack of entertainment but Silver Linings Playbook was an exception. I’ve always preferred something which was sentimental, light-hearted, yet meaningful and this movie had it all. Silver Linings Playbook was an adaptation from the novel written by Matthew Quick, starring two incredibly talented actors Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. This romantic comedy movie is about two wounded souls who found solace again. Pat (Bradley), a former teacher, was just released from a mental institution and was trying to reconcile with his betraying wife despite his family’s protest. He met Tiffany (Jennifer), a woman with problems of her own, and things got complicated. Two people bearing hidden scars with no hope in the future finally had lights in their lives again. The movie was not heavy at all but extremely entertaining with some laugh-out-loud moments. No matter how many times I watched it, I get emotional every time. The underlying message was also a shout-out to anyone who believed they had hit rock bottom: “When one door closes, another door opens”. Therefore, keep moving forward and don’t lose hope. If anyone runs out of movies to watch, I highly recommend the “Silver Linings Playbook” as a change of appetite.
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- Be up to one’s eyeballs (idiom): to be very busy with something.
Eg: Since the elections are ahead, the party members are up to their eyeballs in preparing for it.
- Boost (v): to make something increase, or become better or more successful.
Eg: The addition of electronic gadgets boosted his income from the store.
- Lose count: forget how many of something there are, especially because the number is so high.
Eg: There were so many bikes parked that I lost the count.
- Complexity (n): the state of being formed of many parts; the state of being difficult to understand.
Eg: He understood the complexity of the problem.
- Sentimental (a): producing emotions such as pity, romantic love or sadness, which may be too strong or not appropriate; feeling these emotions too much.
Eg: The ring given by her grandmother has great sentimental value for her.
- Light-hearted (a): intended to be amusing or easily enjoyable rather than too serious.
Eg: I prefer watching light-hearted movies rather than action movies.
- Adaptation (n): a film/movie, book or play that is based on a particular piece of work but that has been changed for a new situation.
Eg: The film is an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo Juliet.
- Wounded (a): feeling emotional pain because of something unpleasant that somebody has said or done.
Eg: After being hit by the car, the puppy was badly wounded.
- The mental institution (n): a building where people with special needs are taken care of, for example, because they are old or mentally ill.
Eg: Rose sent her grandmother to a mental institution.
- Reconcile (v): to make people become friends again after an argument or a disagreement.
Eg: She reconciled with her at the party last night.
- Entertaining (a): interesting and amusing.
Eg: Fast and Furious is an entertaining movie.
- Underlying (a): important in a situation but not always easily noticed or stated clearly.
Eg: We were not sure about the underlying motives.
- Shout-out (n): a message of congratulation, support, or appreciation.
Eg: The influencers gave a shout-out to their fan pages.
- Hit rock bottom (idiom): being in the worst possible situation.
Eg: After years of being hospitalized, Meera has hit the rock bottom.
- Run out of: (of a supply of something) be used up.
Eg: When I decided to bake a cake, I ran out of the cocoa powder.
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