I don’t really get into a big intellectual analysis of why I am going to do a certain script or not.

–Clint Eastwood

Bad Writing in Movies – Prometheus

As a writer, I tend to bite my tongue (well, I try… honest) when I experience really bad writing in movies. Ok, so I’m not being very honest. In fact, I can approach the level of heckler when watching bad writing made visual. At least I don’t do this out loud in a theater, which is why I prefer to insult movies from the comfort of my own home :)

Recently I have been noticing some downright terrible writing. By bad writing, I’m not talking about bad dialogue (that’s the subject of a post on its own), I’m talking about gaping plot holes, deep, dark chasms of absurdity that somehow none of the editors ever noticed before the movie hit the big screen.

The most recent example of this absurdity is Prometheus. Fellow writers warned me about this movie so I didn’t spend my hard-earned money on it until it came out for rent. The following YouTube video does a far better job of explaining my issues with this script than I could ever do writing them out in a blog post. Warning: if you haven’t seen this movie, don’t watch the video as it is full of spoilers.

What this proves to me is that even terrible writing can make craploads of money, so therefore you should keep writing, because odds are, your manuscript doesn’t suck nearly as bad as some of the spewdom Hollywood has been gushing lately.

  • http://www.AllisonEmm.com/ Allison Emm

    Agreed. And that video is fantastic.