Robert McKee’s WORKS / DOESN’T WORK Film Reviews
If you are looking for a breezy, fun crime story, A SIMPLE FAVOR delivers just that. But for the writer looking to study a fine work, the film offers skillfully executed examples of three key writing principles.
This courtroom drama delivers a fine reworking of the Open Mystery. We know who committed the murder but not why. The storytelling builds curiosity by making us guess between at least six different whys and the possibility of innocence.
If Oscar Wilde diddled Noel Coward (or the other way round), this show would be their great great grandchild.
Robert McKee shares his thoughts on the new film by 45 YEARS director, Andrew Haigh.
Over the last few years there seems to be a trend or at least a drift toward minimalism and a focus on inner conflict. More and more well-regarded films are being told in just one act.
A study of exemplary stories pushed from the past.
With THE SHAPE OF WATER, Guillermo del Toro has simply recycled his previous hit into a clichéd, toothless echo.
What makes this film exceptional is McDonagh’s insight into the human psyche and the new twist he puts on an ancient subject.
Myth versus fiction. GAME OF THRONES merges these political extremes into one ingeniously massive yarn.
ATOMIC BLONDE bombs for many reasons, but the ABCs are: (A) a false financial premise, (B) a catalogue of clichés, and (C) inept execution of genre convention.
A review of George Miller’s film, Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), by Bass Wakil, co-author with Robert McKee on their upcoming book on the Action genre, ACTION: The Art of Excitement.
Public Radio International’s The Takeaway recently asked Robert McKee about the reasons for the surprising box office success of American Sniper (2014), starring Bradley Cooper and directed by Clint Eastwood.
The writing lesson here is the difference between sentiment and sentimentality; how to express the hard truth of sentiment without wallowing in the mushiness of sentimentality.
Stories created for the page demand a special talent for retelling in film. And as COMING HOME once again demonstrates, Zhang Yimou is one of the world’s most brilliant conveyers of prose to the screen.
Robert McKee gives a short review of the film EDGE OF TOMORROW (2014), starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt.
Bass Wakil reviews Marvel’s surprise hit GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (2015). Bass is the co-author with Robert McKee on their upcoming book ACTION: The Art of Excitement.