The Town & Versimilitude

September 24, 2010

Went to see The Town today. It’s an adaptation of ‘Prince of Thieves’ by Chuck Hogan. The Town is Directed and co-written by Ben Affleck. It’s basically a Golden Fleece movie (see Blake Synder’s genre descriptions) hidden inside a heist movie. What struck me was the language of the script. There were lots of moments where I had no idea what the characters were saying. It created a very good atmosphere and was good for characterisation and relationships between characters but I was struck by how script readers might fight to get rid of it as it created a distancing affect.
I think there has always been a pleasure in unpicking the ‘procedural’ language of drama with shows like C.S.I. making good use of this but one-off dramas like films and theatres always have this as a challenge.
Go see it if you get the chance and/or read the book. The print I saw was terrible with a muddy sound projection which didn’t help.

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