Thursday, July 15, 2010

A Well Written, Action-Packed Story

By Nichole Giles

Last week I saw the movie Prince of Persia. It wasn’t what I expected at all, but not in a bad way. Surprisingly, it was incredibly well written in my opinion.

First, we have the hero, who is misguided, but has an honest heart full of love. We have the heroine, who knows her mission and is willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish her goal.

Then we have a variety of antagonists, one of whom is a betrayer—but whose identity we are left to guess for three quarters of the show. Kind of predictable, but questionable at the same time. And lots of obstacles to get in the way of the goals of the two main characters.

Along the way, we enjoy lots of sexual tension between the hero and heroine in the form of insulting dialogue along with the action (a la Indiana Jones) and a supporting character who provides well timed comic relief, disguised with gruffness.

By the time we discover who the real antagonist is, our hero has lost everything, and only one more sacrifice on his part can stop the bad guy and save the day—or whatever is left to save.

That brings us to the climax and the end. Does the hero make that sacrifice or does he give in to the evil antagonist? I’m afraid to say too much and ruin the movie for those who haven’t seen it, but I feel comfortable telling you that of course the hero does the right thing—it’s a quality that makes him the hero in the first place.

Does the good guy win? Does love conquer all? And do they somehow stop the madness and save the world?

I’m not telling. You’ll have to figure that out for yourself. What well written movies have you seen lately?


Evelyn Campbell Curtis said...

Sounds exciting! I've wanted to see the movie myself, along with a slew of others.

Carolyn V. said...

I saw the movie. It was pretty good. I always look for those moments in the movies that keep the stories moving forward. =)

Michael Knudsen said...

Great review. If I had to choose the best script I've seen this year I'd have to go with Toy Story 3, believe it or not.

GraceGurl said...

THAT MOVIE WAS AWESOME! That was a great review on it too. I think the movie has a lot of good elements.