Monday, February 02, 2009

A Look Ahead to Best Original Screenplay.

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The nominees are:
Frozen River
Happy-Go-Lucky
In Bruges
Milk
WALL·E

How I did: 40%. Rather shoddy, bung.

01. WALL·E
Andrew Stanton’s WALL·E is about a lonely robot who has been mechanically engineered to collect the debris left by the careless inhabitants of Earth. We see him go about his work laboriously, and we can’t tell what this little robot is seeing or feeling, although his wonder at discovering new objects is clear for those to see - the scene where he find a plant surviving in a fridge hints at a trace of light. His day is made a lot more exciting when a spaceship arrives, bringing Eve, a feisty and striking robot, who instantly wins his attention and his heart. And thus begins the story of a beautiful friendship and romance between Wall-E and Eve, Earth and space, past and present. There are many, many sweet courting scenes in Wall-E, as well as astute observations on the greed of the world, mass laziness, and the good ol’ Disney message of what we can all achieve when we work together. And although Wall-E and Eve exchanged few words, I completely knew that they were in love.

02. Happy-Go-Lucky
HGL brings us Poppy, a completely winning and optimistic character who always sees the best in every situation, no matter how bad things seem. At the start of the film, she has had her bike jacked, but, no worry, she decides to take up driving lessons instead. In doing so, she crosses paths with her grumpy driving instructor, who’s a bigoted, racist so-and-so, someone who we’d normally despise. But, the screenplay is written such that we see him through Poppy’s eyes, and see some redemptive qualities in a seemingly thoroughly miserable individual. That’s rather clever. Furthermore, HGL scores bonus points for catching North London life in its full ugliness glory.

03. Frozen River
Understated, but always compelling, Frozen River creates believable characters that could easily escalate into the usual independent film stereotype (poor single mother , etc), but instead, makes us care about them and almost root for them in their plight.

04. In Bruges
Of Martin McDonaugh's script, Colin Farrell remarked that "It's just my favourite thing that I've ever read", and, judging from his bad-boy history, it just about makes sense. More than a bit wrong, but riotously good fun, with jokes funnier (and more wrong) than pretty much anything I’ve said when I’m drunk, plus, the only screenplay of the year to feature a scene with dwarves, heroin and prossies. One of my favourite lines is the hilarious "you were never that bad, but you were never great either. Like Tottenham". Haha. There is also one scene where Farrell's character Ray displays his remorse and regret for an action in the past and Evening Standard Film Award winner McDonaugh shows that, as with In Bruges and life, it's not all about the larfs.

05. Milk
Inspirational and interesting, finding good balance between real-life history and compelling storytelling. And, for all the alpha males in the film, it was the screen adaptation of Alison Pill’s lesbian that impressed me the most.

Who will win: Milk
Who deserves to win: WALL·E (although all five scripts are strong)
Who deserved to get nominated: Forgetting Sarah Marshall

9 comments:

Farzan said...

All of them seem great even though I haven't seen all of them. I think Milk will win it which is fine by me since I loved that film.

anahita said...

I liked milk, but it seems like such a typical choice - I'd much rather wall-e won xxx

Anonymous said...

Milk will and should win.

Katie said...

Links are dead.

Emma said...

I know, it's so shitty... trying to fix it right this sec.

Besty said...

Not doing a great job, bung.

Emma said...

Feck off.

rhys said...

i think happy-go-lucky should win, the boob chicken fillet bit was hilarious.

Lisa said...

You really like your Forgetting Sarah Marshall, don't you?