Still Alice – Script of the Week

The script of the week this week is Still Alice, written and directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland, based on the book by Lisa Genova. I am well aware this film won all sorts of accolades but I was less than convinced. I read the script before watching the movie. While reading the script I found it very rushed and hasty. The emotions, events, and relationships felt unnatural, and I was unable to connect with these characters. I realize with most movies you only get 2 hours tops to tell your story, but I felt at nearly 2 hours, (1hr 40) the script fell short. It’s as if Alice was fine one scene and the next she had Alzheimer’s. Don’t get me wrong, I respect the hell out of the concept, I just don’t think it was executed properly.

Like I said, after I read the script, I watched the movie. I went in with an open mind. Maybe I just rushed through the script and didn’t give it time to marinate. I love the cast, maybe the cast will be amazing and will do the movie justice where the script didn’t. These were the thoughts lingering in my mind. After watching the movie, I was left with a sense of longing…perhaps longing for something better, something more, something deeper?? The movie fell flat. Many lines of dialogue seemed forced and unnatural, comparable to the script. I thought Julianne Moore was great, that’s just because she’s great in everything she does. Besides the wonderful Julianne Moore, the film held nothing exceptional.

This could have been a great script, a great movie even, but sadly for me, it was not. Tell me what your guys’ thoughts are on the script or movie.

Script –> Still Alice 

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Orphan – Script of the Week

An idea just came to me. Weekly scripts. What does this mean? Well, I will try to read a Hollywood produced script every week and post a link to it, to recommend to read or not to read. A few scrambled thoughts on it, and the trailer to the movie. Old scripts, new scripts. Doesn’t matter.

This week I read the script for the movie Orphan. This movie was written by David Leslie Johnson and Alex Mace and directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. The horror movie came out in 2009. The movie follows a couple who recently lost their baby and decide to adopt a 9-year-old Russian girl, who turns out to be rather sinister.

I really enjoyed the locution of the script. For the most part it read smoothly from page to page. Some of the words used really jump out at you. The action sequences packed a punch. The ending was a bit different than the ending from the movie. I’d recommend checking it out and share your thoughts.

Orphan script: –> http://www.horrorlair.com/scripts/Orphan.pdf

Trailer:

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