Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Weekend of Awesome: What The Room Taught Me
I so want to introduce it to everyone in my life now.
I have seen some bad movies before. I have been known to like a few of them, but The Room really delivered on its promise to be the worst film ever made.
WOW. We had a blast watching it at Weekend of Awesome-- it was my first time.
Today I'm going to focus on some things I LEARNED from The Room, specifically about dialog.
1. It is not appropriate to have a character announce when they are leaving a room, every time they leave a room.
"I'm leaving now." Was uttered billions of times.
2. Don't use several words when one is enough. If someone is your fiancée, it is appropriate to use that term instead of: "Lisa is my future wife."
3. It is not enough for a character to say that he/she is experiencing an emotion, he/she must also demonstrate what it means to experience that emotion.
Lisa constantly fails to act in concert with the words she speaks.
She and her friend smile as they discuss the seriousness of Lisa's affair, apropos of nothing.
That being said, an overly melodramatic reading of a line is also inappropriate.
One Room example is Tommy's famous line: "Lisa, you are tearing me APPAAAAAAART!"
4. In real life, among a group of friends, one does not provide lots of references to the relationships between people in casual conversation.
Room example: "Mark is Johnny's best friend."
5. Finally, consistency is key.
Lisa alternately says that Johnny is the most wonderful man in the world, defending him to others, or she is describing him in hateful terms.
Another stellar example of wildly inconsistent dialog: "I did not hit her! It's not true! It's bullsh*t, I did not hit her! I did NOOOOT! ... Oh, hi Mark!"
Now, I seriously doubt anyone reading this blog could fall prey to this mistakes, but regardless, do check out The Room.
It is super-duper entertaining.