The Lethargic Implementation of Bad Writing
For every masterpiece that has been created, a cringeworthy-written piece or two finds its way out from beneath ten piles of burning rubble. The title catches your interest, the synopsis reels you in and all you end up feeling in the aftermath is complete and utter disappointment. It remains a mystery how this stuff manages to get greenlit, let alone implemented! Like hundreds of thousands of others, I know this regret all too well.
There’s no narrowing this one down. Roughly 97% of all horror movies have the exact same elements: it starts off with an ordinary family being haunted in some shape or form, followed by an hour and a half of jump scares with no real tension, anticipation or story. It’s just lazy writing. In every sense of the word, making movies like this is a crime against the world of film and should be punishable by death. There’s no relating to characters, there’s no emotion towards them, no stand-out scenes, no thought gone into it, it’s nothing more than a cinematic nightmare. Exceptions have been showing up in the last few years as proof you actually can have a clever, time-worthy horror, but there’s no shaking the stigma of what horror has come to be known as.
As far as watching Superhero movies go, ‘Suicide Squad’ is a very frustrating one because the plot that came about never should’ve taken place the way it did. Amanda Waller essentially kept The Enchantress in cuffs, threatening her with the destruction of her heart, knowing she can’t be trusted. The only reason things happened the way they did was because, for whatever maddening reason, Waller thought Enchantress would stop Incubus – her brother – rather than assist him and is then forced to go through the motions of a generic action movie… writing like this cannot in good conscience be defended.
When thinking back on this plot, I often forget The Joker was included, the only reason being: his service was null. Void. Non-existent. And it was just as well. Jared Leto’s Joker was none more threatening than the average drug-related villain you’d get in ‘Arrow’.
The soundtrack included some well-known songs, but put those chosen tracks in the same movie and all you get is a disconnected mess. In retrospect, something that was limited with 6 weeks to write either should’ve been pushed back or taken off the schedule entirely. Truly, the only great thing about this movie was Margot Robbie’s portrayal as Harley Quinn.
The little I’ve watched of ‘Riverdale’ has been more than enough of it for one lifetime. When you name a drug after something that sounds like a future baby product – Jingle Jangle (Jesus Christ, that name!) – focus a season on someone seemingly dressed like a giant tree calling himself the “Gargoyle King” and manage to make it look like a ‘High School Musical’ rehash, nothing good can come from it… ever! It’s nauseating just to think about. How this never ended up on the SyFy network to begin with is anyone’s guess.
There’s no need to continue with this one. I’ve pretty much summed up the nonsensical foundation ‘Riverdale’ was built on. Any further depth would be considered ranting. My point has been made. There are some execrable pieces of work in this existence of which never should’ve gotten passed the stage of being considered for Greenlighting. All in all, at least these examples do serve a purpose in the world of film – to show someone exactly how NOT to write a story!