August 2nd, 2013

Lion Plushie

Just got back from "The Wolverine."

And, you guys know I love Hugh Jackman. I would watch that man read the damn phone book. I have looked up YouTube ads where he dances because of tea. Hell, I liked "Wolverine: Origins," which everyone else hated. And I really wanted to love this movie.


I liked it. But I didn't love it. I won't spoil it for you by telling you anything plot-wise, I'll turn this into a Writing Thing instead.

There's a trick that writers do called Scene/Sequel. Basically, you have a big set-piece (either physical or emotional or some combination of the two), and then you give both the characters and the audience time to actually process that, and give the characters time to decide what they're going to do next. It makes for a richer, more emotional, more satisfying story.

And you don't exhaust your audience.

If all you have is Scene/Scene/Scene/Scene/Scene, yeah, okay, that's exciting, but... that's all it is. If your main character is just being swept along by events but never actually makes a damn decision, they're a weak character, and they're hard to root for.

And, I'm sorry. I like my protagonists to actually Protag. "Stuff happens" is not Plot and should not be mistaken for such.

On the plus side, we got to see a lot of Shirtless Hugh Jackman, and that's never a bad thing. I give the movie a B/B-. If it shows up in the $5 bin at Walmart, I may buy it just to be a completionist, but I do not have a Burning Need to see it again.