Chad Moore

🎥 Movie notes: Bad Words

I listened to the Scriptnotes podcast on Learning from Movies as a screen writer. These were some of the suggested questions for reflection on a film.

I’ve chosen the film Bad Words as I watched it recently. No spoilers. And this isn’t really a review, it’s more my thoughts about the film.

What’s working in it for me?

What’s not working for me?

If it’s not working why is it not working?

What could you have done differently in that movie to make it click?

Who is the hero is in this story and what the function of that hero?

What they want? Both on a macro scale, the overall arc of their journey through the story, but on a micro level. On a scene-by-scene, moment-by-moment do you understand what that hero wants?

And if you do how is that being communicated? What information are they giving you to let you know what that hero wants?

How does the antagonist arrive in the story?

How do they challenge the hero?

How quickly and how well does the film establish who is important and what they’re going after?