Wednesday, May 6, 2009
I told myself I wouldn't admit to anyone that I saw this movie because it was a little bit sleazy. Okay, so it was a lot bit sleazy. Even though it is only PG 13, it's not for the easily blushable. So what do I do? I post it on my blog. The reason I decided to post this is because I think there is a lesson here. I went to see it with one of my non-writer friends (yes, I have living, breathing friends) and at the end she said, "He didn't deserve her."
That's what I've been thinking about since seeing the movie. It's true. He didn't deserve her. They couldn't redeem him because they'd painted him too horrible. He was a sleaze ball. Not only do they tell us about the hundreds of girls (possibly thousands) he had slept with just for fun, they gave us a visual too. A bar in his "vision" was packed full of his past girls.
So into the picture comes the girl he's supposedly always loved. And she's perfect. She's sweet and deep and beautiful. And now the movie has the daunting task of trying to convince me that this slimy guy deserves this perfect girl. They don't do it. They could've done it. They could've made it less about his "casual sex" partners and more about his phobia towards commitment due to some experiences he had in his life. But nope, they didn't. They could've given him some other redeeming qualities that off-set his horrible ones. They didn't do that either.
It was a good lesson to me. I definitely think characters need flaws. They wouldn't seem real if they didn't have them. But every character needs something redeeming, even if at first it's just a little something, that makes the reader want them to succeed.
Now, tell me this, will I ever be able to watch a movie or read a book without picking it apart? Will I ever be able to stop focusing on character development and plot holes and just watch a movie for fun again? Whyeeeeeee!!!!