What Makes a Cool True Story Movie (According to Me)
The other day I realized how many new movies that are based on true stories; The Revenant, Spotlight, Trumbo, Staight Outta Compton, Black Mass, The Big Short, The Danish Girl - at the moment it is actually rare that a movie is not based on a true story 😉
- •The story has to tell something new and not just be a compilation of well known factsI just saw the movie, Trumbo the other day and I thought it was great - mainly because I had no idea about this blacklisting of writers
- •The movie should have value as a work of art and not just be a description of facts a la a documentary. There has to be a reason why this story was made into a movieIf I want to know the exact facts of what happened, I prefer to watch a documwntary. One example of this done right is the new Steve Jobs movie; to be honest I didn't want to watch a movie about him, but Sorkin found a cool and interesting way to tell a story about him, by setting the movie backstage of various of Jobs' presentations and thereby telling a lot about him, but avoiding the chronological life- death story.
- •A good 'based on a true story' movie catches your interest and makes you want to find out more about the true story.For instance, I didn't know anything about the rappers from NWA, but the documentary made me wanna learn more about them, what happened and their music
- •Finally, to all of you script writers out there, movies don't have to be based on true stories. Yesterday i watched a fun Australian movie called Love Serenade that wasn't based on any true story 😉 ( it's on Netflix).