How embracing its characters’ point of view could have improved Suicide Squad

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For the record, it is much easier to act as an amateur script doctor than it is to write something original (as my paltry screenwriting efforts to date prove).  It is also much easier to suggest improvements to a finished film than earlier in its development or production.  In other words, this is more of an exercise for me than any reflection on how good a screenwriter I am or how bad others are.

While I am certainly a hater of Suicide Squad, I didn’t hate it nearly as much as others did, mainly because I thought that there was an interesting film hiding in there somewhere.  Don’t get me wrong – there’s a lot wrong with it, and there’s only so much one can do with the pieces given.  (As Joss Whedon famously said about his days as a script doctor, “The problem with your act three is your acts one and two.”)  Jenny Nicholson already has a great video explaining so much that’s wrong with the whole thing.  So I’m not trying to make the BEST version of Suicide Squad, only a slightly better version of this film.

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How better character development could improve Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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For the record, it is much easier to act as an amateur script doctor than it is to write something original (as my paltry screenwriting efforts to date prove).  It is also much easier to suggest improvements to a finished film than earlier in its development or production.  In other words, this is more of an exercise for me than any reflection on how good a screenwriter I am or how bad others are.

As stated, I liked Star Wars: The Force Awakens but felt it could be tightened, specifically by the following:

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