A good script is one of the most crucial parts of a movie that will reach the tops. In the end of the day, if you strip down everything else from the movie like special effects, world-known actors earning millions of dollars for each performance, the script is something that either makes a movie special or mundane. I’m not saying that a good movie doesn’t need special effects or a good soundtrack but these things should me more of a seasoning and not the highlight of the dish.
Do I think there are good movies with average scripts? Of course. Take Silvestre Stallone’s Rocky, for example. It is pretty good but in terms of the script, can you really say it’s anything special?
What is a good scripts all about? First and foremost, it’s about the story. Even today, when everything seems to have been created and most popular movies are remakes, there’s still room for a good story. Like Boyhood, watching a boy grow up for 16 years.
Secondly, dialogues are also extremely important. They don’t have to always be grammatically correct, but they have to be realistic. Why some lines (think De Niro, Bruce Willis in Die Hard movies) become world famous and get quoted for decades and others are forgotten as soon as the credits start rolling? Naturally, actor’s performance does have an impact but in the end of the day, you have to think whether in that particular moment this line would really be said by this particular person?
Writing a good scripts for a movie is not easy. Some may say it takes being at the right place at the right time. I don’t know about that. Maybe it does, but I don’t consider it to be a determining factor. I’m probably one of those people that believe in making your luck as opposed to being lucky. Maybe there is someone who wrote their first script and instantly got success. However, for me it’s all about the hours you put in. Polishing your characters, polishing your lines, studying the time and events that you want your story to take place in, etc.More