I’ve started a minor binge of Disney movies consumption i.e. 3 or 4 movies per week. Why am I doing this? Well, I came to the 3 Act structure late, I only learnt about it through the online courses I did several years ago, before that, I thought the 3 Act structure was just the beginning, the middle and the end. And after talking to a friend, I realised using movies as opposed to novels as templates to dissect the 3 Act structure would be more efficient simply because you could go through a movie in much less time than a book. So that started me on this track, especially after I stumbled upon a site with all the Disney movies. And then I thought I might as well catch up on those I haven’t seen before.
Like every other child, I was a fan of Disney cartoon movies and then I just outgrew cartoons altogether. So needless to say, I stopped watching Disney movies. So what am I finding during this latest bout of Disney movie watching? Well, the main thing is that I think the simple story sometimes is the best. In light of recent scripts, whether TV drama or movie worldwide, that basically stank. Stank in the sense that they were written hobbled from the first, when the script writers did not focus on the basics but instead on gimmicks, on adding bits of supposedly clever dialogue, humour, side plots that overwhelmed the main plot, twist endings that came out of nowhere etc. etc. etc. Something I haven’t yet seen in Disney movies.
What else am I finding? Well, I have grown up and I enjoy them less. What I mean by that is that they no longer held the same magic than if I was to watch them as a child. That comes with age and maturity, I guess, nowadays the stories that tend to strike a chord with me tend towards more sophistication and complexity. On the other hand, it is still pleasant to pass the time watching a simple story that touches on really basic stuff that everyone needs to know about life, all under the guise of my self-education on writing.
And that’s my share for today. See you all next time.