My worries may have been for naught.
Fixing those angst-inducing scenes? Not as tough as I expected. (Maybe I actually AM getting better at this. Wouldn’t that be cool?)
Final page count – 127, but the last page has 3 lines of text on it, including FADE OUT, so paring this down seems a lot more doable now.
So off I go to toil away with my trusty red pen.
In the meantime….what’s on YOUR writing agenda this weekend?
-MOVIE OF THE MOMENT – ARTHUR CHRISTMAS (2011) I don’t usually go in for modern-day Christmas movies, but this was an Aardman production, which meant the writing would at least be of good quality.
The plot – Santa’s nerdy younger son must deliver an overlooked present by Christmas morning.
Overall – fun, enjoyable, but not sure I would classify it under ‘the holiday season just isn’t complete without watching this’.
My biggest problem was how they handled the ‘all is lost’ moment at the start of Act Three. It felt like Arthur’s motivation was rejuvenated because the plot required it to be, not because of what was happening. If they had made it feel more organic, I would have probably liked it more.
Still, while some scenes fell neatly into expected/almost-cliched story points, there were others that pleasantly caught me off-guard. I also liked how there was a lot of the wonderfully dry British humor (which could partially explain why US audiences haven’t embraced Aardman films).
If you’re looking for grown-up-friendly kid films this winter break, this and THE PIRATES! BAND OF MISFITS would make for a good double feature.