IELTS A Film That Made You Think A Lot: Below are the sample answers to the recent cue card topic for Part 2 about a film or a movie that made you think a lot and for the film-related questions in Part 3.

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Describe a film that made you think a lot


You should say:

What it was

When you saw it

What it was about

And explain why it made you think a lot



A N S W  E R 



To be honest, I only watch movies once in a blue moon since I don’t have a lot of free time.

However, there’s one movie that really moved me and which I consider my greatest inspiration

every time I feel like giving up and that’s the 2006 movie, The Pursuit of Happyness.



Once in a blue moon [idiom] – very rarely

Give up [phrasal verb] – admit defeat; quit


That movie was released more than a decade ago but I got the chance to watch it sometime

last year when a friend of mine insisted on me watching it. The movie was starred by a high-caliber

actor Will Smith, together with his real-life son, Jaden Smith who acted as his young son in the

movie and who was only eight years old then.




Insist [verb] – persist in doing something 

Star [verb] – to play the most important role in a film

Caliber [noun]  – when it’s used to describe a person, it refers to the quality or standard of their ability, intelligence, especially when it is high


Well, it’s still vivid in my memory how the movie left me teary-eyed witnessing the struggle of

Chris Gardner, played by Will Smith. To give you a synopsis of that movie, Chris became a

single father after his wife left him because of financial instability. He was evicted from his

apartment with his son for failing to pay the rent, and because of that, they ended up sleeping

in a restroom at a station and in homeless shelters. Life’s a struggle for Chris but he refused to

give in to despair and did his very best to create a better life for himself and his son. Because

of his persistence, he’s able to get a job as a stockbroker and eventually became the owner of a

multi-million dollar brokerage firm. 




Vivid [adj.] – clear 

Synopsis [noun] – a brief summary

Homeless shelters [noun] – a homeless service agency that provides temporary shelter to the homeless

The story was really inspirational, I remember after watching that movie, I thought about my

life – I thought about the personal struggles that I’d gone through and told myself that

everything would be alright. Since then, that movie became my reminder to not lose hope

whenever I face some difficulties that test my strength or when the time comes that I doubt

myself. Like recently, I’ve just got laid off from work because of the pandemic and here I am

taking this IELTS exam several times now for the sole purpose of chasing my dream.

Honestly, I can’t help myself but sometimes feel like giving up, thinking that perhaps, my

dream to work abroad isn’t meant for me. However, the moment when I feel I’m on the brink

of quitting, that movie reminds me to keep going. 

If my friend hadn’t recommended that film and if I hadn’t spared time watching it and learned

the valuable life lessons, I would have given up long before. 




Turn out [phrasal verb] – to have a particular result especially an unexpected one

Lay off [phrasal verb] – dismiss; discharge a worker

Can’t help oneself [idiom] – unable to control one’s action 

On the brink [idiom] – a situation when you’re almost in a new situation usually a bad one

Long before  [expression] – a long time before/ago







What do you think makes a good film?


That’s hard, but in my opinion, the story and the great acting performances by actors make the film great. If the story is well-written and it’s perfectly executed by the actors that it can stir up the audience, then we can say that the film is worth watching.  Just like Will Smith’s film which I have talked about earlier, the story teaches people several life lessons such as hope, love, persistence, hard work, being ambitious, success, and happiness. That story touches people’s lives and the main actor’s exceptional performance leaves a good impression on every person who watches the film. 

Well I know, cinematography is one important factor that can make a film great, however, those two important factors I’ve explained are what I always consider first when judging a film on whether it’s a great one or a complete flop. 




Execute [verb] – to do or perform something

Stir up [phrasal verb] – to arouse or excite feelings

Touch [verb] – to influence someone emotionally  

Leave a (good) impression [idiom] – to create a strong impact on someone positively 

Cinematography [noun] – the art and the techniques of using cameras in making a film

Flop [noun] – a failure 

Is the film industry important in a country?


Yes, definitely and it’s necessary for several ways. Aside from the fact that it provides entertainment to people, the industry of filmmaking promotes cultural awareness or educates people about social issues that are not commonly tackled by government leaders or the common people. Through movies, people become aware of their own unique cultures and traditions that need to be preserved and that they can be proud of, and the problems that their own country is facing which need attention.

Besides, the film industry helps the economy of a country prosper in a way of job creation and hefty tax contribution. So I can say, the film industry plays an important role in entertaining and educating people and at the same time in flourishing the country’s economy.




Aside from [phrase] – apart from; in addition to

Tackle [verb] – deal with 

Hefty [adj.] – large in amount 

Flourish [verb] – prosper; develop; grow



What kinds of films are popular in your country?


Well, based on the box office hits, it’s mostly drama and romance. I suppose that’s because of our culture, people in my country innately enjoy rags-to-riches stories as they give so much inspiration. So major film companies take advantage of that and produce dramas with that kind of theme. Also, romance is indisputably famous and that I believe is due to a huge number of young audiences in my country. That genre is what those types of audiences love watching and because of that, film companies never fail to create such films for the sole purpose of attaining commercial success.

The downside is the quality is jeopardized sometimes since the story becomes predictable and there’s nothing wow factor anymore. Honestly, I’m not into watching local films because of that reason, I understand that it’s important to support local films but I get tired of the same plot of the local films produced in this country, they’re not fascinating to me at all.




Box office hit/success [noun] – a successful film that earns a lot of money

Innately [adv.] – naturally; inborn 

Rags-to-riches [adj.] – to describe a person who was once poor but becomes rich 

Take advantage of [phrase] – to use an opportunity to achieve results; exploit 

Indisputably [adv.] – in a way that it can’t be denied 

Downside [noun] – drawback 

Jeopardize [verb] – put something into a situation in which there’s failure

Wow factor [noun] – a quality or feature that makes people feel excitement or admiration 



Why do some movies use some special effects?


Basically, the main purpose of adding some special effects to a film is to make the film more interesting. What I mean by that is the use of special effects helps tell a better and more engaging story that adds more value to the entire film. As a result, moviegoers are entertained well and at the same time feel more satisfied.

Another reason for using those visual and special effects is that they make scenes that are impossible to be executed by the actors possible, most especially on sci-fi or fantasy films, for instance, the showcasing of superpowers. That cannot be done in real life so resorting to using those effects makes things possible. Well, motion pictures these days would have been dull and less credible if special effects had not invented.




Basically [adv.] – fundamentally; in the most essential respects 

Showcase [verb] – to show someone in a way that attracts attention 

Resort [verb] – adopt


Learn how to answer the RECENT IELTS Speaking Part 1 Topic about List or Making A List on this link

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