Every movie is written by a writer, but very few are written for writers. We definitely need more, because when you’re struggling to establish yourself as a novelist, screenwriter, columnist, blogger or editor, watching a character live your story on screen can give you an extra boost. The quality of their mastery of words, if well integrated into the script, takes the cinematic experience to a whole new level. It makes every dialogue stand out and every scene packs a punch. Here are five movies that did it well:
Dead Poets Society
A film by Peter Weir, Dead Poets Society saw Robin Williams as an elementary English teacher named John Keating, whose unorthodox teaching methods help cultivate a passion for the performing arts in his classroom, much to the disapproval of parents and of his peers. Keating instills in children a love of words and poetry that transcends learning from textbooks. Dead Poets Society won Tom Schulman the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in 1990.
Midnight in Paris
Written and directed by Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris is the story of a struggling Hollywood screenwriter, Gil Pender, going on vacation to Paris with his girlfriend, then deciding to stay longer to finish his first novel. During a nighttime excursion in the city, he encounters a group of revelers. They turn out to be Ernest Hemingway, Scot Fitzgerald, Pablo Picasso and other legends of Jazz Age art and literature. The longer he hangs out with them, the less he wants to come back to the present. Midnight in Paris also won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.
The Ghost Writer
Adapted from a novel of the same name, this film is about a successful ghostwriter called Zuckerman, whose byline is The Ghost. Tried by Ewan McGregor, this character has the unique opportunity to write the memoirs of former English Prime Minister Adam Lang. In the process, he discovers that his subject may be responsible for his predecessor’s death over a dark secret he didn’t want to see the light of day. The Ghost Writer won European awards for Best Film, Best Actor, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay.
Letters for Juliet
During a visit to Italy with her fiancé, Sophie, the lead role in the film attempted by Amanda Seyfried, stumbles upon a wall where a broken heart leaves letters to Shakespeare’s tragic heroine, Juliet. Moved by one of these letters, Sophie decided to write to its now elderly author, Claire – a character played by Vanessa Redgrave – who, motivated by Sophie’s words, sets out to find her long-lost lover. The film is directed by Gary Winick and was nominated for the Teen Choice Award for Romantic Comedy.
Against the backdrop of the Mississippi of the 1960s, Ugly features Emma Stone as a society girl from the South called Skeeter, who dreams of becoming a writer after graduating from college. She began her career by interviewing black women in her neighborhood, who had spent their entire lives caring for wealthy white families. At first, these women are reluctant to speak up, but then Skeeter’s best friend’s housekeeper steps forward and urges the others to comply.
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