A change of pace is needed at times…
My continuing series on Fridays where I share excerpts of writing that I’ve done in the past through writing prompts, random stream of consciousness, parts of larger works, or as part of my 100-200 daily word exercises.
The point being to attempt to examine what I’ve done for clarity sake and whether or not I can make sense of it…not only to those who read it but to myself as well. Or I highlight something else that I’m interested in that week and want to speak at length about. Vomiting out words if you will.
Lately I’ve been paying more and more attention to the ‘big picture’ in the media I consume. With NaNoWriMo not too far off, I’m contemplating throwing my hat back in the ring again this year for sure; and with that means creating an outline for what I want to write….and having some type of beginning, middle, and end. Pretty much the most basic breakdown of what a story is. Something we all learned in grade school more than likely. But what I’m more interested in, is how that basic structure is twisted and molded and stretched to its limits. No matter how much you like a certain type of thing, if you had it all the time, you would eventually get tired of it; and nothing made me think more about that then going to the movies.
I had the
displeasure pleasure of seeing Suicide Squad last weekend; and while I didn’t lambast it to the same degree as a lot of my friends and countless publications, I could understand where people were coming from, creatively. I went in with no expectations so I didn’t have room to be disappointed. But the movie treaded familiar ground and hit all the formulaic benchmarks needed for a summertime blockbuster: big action scenes, large amounts of bland enemies on-screen for the heroes villains to cut through (regardless of the fact that Captain Boomerang was WAY out of his league here), an unnecessary romance thrown into the movie (like seriously, why was the Joker even in this movie?), and a weak attempt at leaving the metaphorical backdoor open for a sequel in the future if warranted.
I say all this not to turn my weekly Word Vomit into a movie review but to provide an example for the fact that I’m honestly tired of the big properties still utilizing the same formulas in these giant action films and refusing to branch out into something different. But that’s not to say that the movie still doesn’t appeal to a massive audience, almost making 400 million dollars. So what do I know?
I’m not going to pretend that stories in general don’t have a tried and true formula to them. There are variations on plot but it is typically exposition that introduces the narrative, a rising action, a climax, a falling action, and a resolution. Something I spoke on back here. But the excitement I have for watching something is to first be entertained; and it’s hard to do that when I know everything that’s going to happen before it appears on the screen; and as much as I am a Marvel fan and really liked Captain America: Civil War (since we’re discussing superhero movies this year), there was definitely a formula. Albeit a slightly more engaging one for the audience.
So what am I saying? In a time where we have the easiest access to the most information, more so than any other point in history, I want something much more substantial. These products become nothing more than a flash in the pan, lost to the ether never to be talked about again because they were so much the epitome of a moment. I’d rather see something created that develops a legacy. Something that influences others down a different road.
Something to keep in mind for myself.
Until next time.