The Behind-The-Times Times: Fantastic Four Two Is Twice the Four Times The Excitement!

Hey, it’s me. I’m back. So, before I saw Fantastic Four 2 which I may actually see again before I go see Bourne Ultimatum (although I feel those are Captain America movies in disguise), I was lucky enough to see Pirates 3. so late that I heard all of the reviews, “too complicated”, “too talky”, “talk tooey.” So I was more prepared than most to pay a lot of attention, and man was it worth it…if you appreciate script complexity and how hard it is to pull off. I’ll probably have to watch it two or three more times to appreciate it’s complexity (which would not make a good review blurb) but I could not BELIEVE how Terry Rossio and Ted Elliot (also the writers of the good Zorro and the good Shrek’s) were able to play character motivations like a piano.

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Hey, it’s me. I’m back. So, before I saw Fantastic Four 2 which I may actually see again before I go see Bourne Ultimatum (although I feel those are Captain America movies in disguise), I was lucky enough to see Pirates 3 so late that I heard all of the reviews, “too complicated”, “too talky”, “talk tooey.” So I was more prepared than most to pay a lot of attention, and man was it worth it…if you appreciate complexity and how hard it is to pull off. I’ll probably have to watch it two or three more times to appreciate it’s complexity (which would not make a good review blurb) but I could not BELIEVE how Terry Rossio and Ted Elliot (also the writers of the good Zorro and the good Shrek’s)

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Hey, it’s me. I’m back. So, before I saw Fantastic Four 2 whic

-FF2-348.jpg

Hey, it’s me. I’m back. So, before I saw Fantastic Four 2 which I may actually see again before I go see Bourne Ultimatum (although I feel those are Captain America movies in disguise), I was lucky enough to see Pirates 3 so late that I heard all of the reviews, “too complicated”, “too talky”, “talk tooey.” So I was more prepared than most to pay a lot of attention, and man was it worth it…if you appreciate script complexity and how hard it is to pull off. I’ll probably have to watch it two or three more times to appreciate it’s complexity (which would not make a good review blurb) but I could not BELIEVE how Terry Rossio and Ted Elliot (also the writers of the good Zorro and the good Shrek’s) were able to play character motivations like a piano.

The first hour and a half is almost an experiment in how to draw characters into acting in certain ways by playing their motivations, then changing the circumstances to watch characters change allegiance still based on the original motivations. I listened to a lot of interviews with Rossio and Elliot after Pirates 2 and realized there was a whole movie going on there that I didn’t see, but R&E did.

They explained the line of motivation in the first movie, very straightforward in what each person wants, then they explained how they’d toyed with motivation and how it altered allegiance in the second film (bored yet? not me, sorry). This is what screenwriting’s all about, have characters generate circumstances through who they are and resolve it through who they become. So after seeing Pirates 2 again, while ONLY paying attention to that, and really appreciating it on a whole new level, I wondered if this “talky” I’d been hearing about was more of this fascinating experiment in screenwriting.

It was was, but I can see why everybody was frustrated, it is complex, but I want to see it again to see if it actually works. Like, if you take the time to map out Usual Suspects, I’m pretty sure it doesn’t actually work out, but I think Pirates 3 might.

..annnnnnnd TIME! I’m officially unentertaining.

So…uh…go see Fantastic Four 2?

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