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In Contemplation of the Twist Ending

In the movie Adaptation a fictionalized-Charlie Kaufman, attends a screenwriting seminar by a fictionalized-Robert McKee, the noted screenwriting guru and author of the book Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting. At the seminar, in the middle of a batch of voice-over, McKee castigates his group of would-be screenwriters, in a delicious bit of irony, to avoid voice-overs in their work as it smacks of narrative weakness.

Though this was intended only for its ironic effect I couldn’t help but think that maybe McKee had missed a real narrative weakness, one that I’m beginning to wish was eradicated completely from the filmmaking process, which is the over-reliance of modern filmmakers on the twist ending.

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