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  • 09 – Guardians of the Galaxy

    January 30, 2015 · 5 comments

    Guardians of the Galaxy

    James, John, Paulie and Christian beat out Guardians of the Galaxy according to the 15 beats taught by Blake Snyder in his book Save the Cat and Save the Cat Strikes Back.


    Guardians of the Galaxy – A group of intergalactic criminals are forced to work together to stop a fanatical warrior from taking control of the universe. – IMDB

    Written by: James Gunn and Nicole Perlman.

    Hosts: James, John, Paulie, and Christian.

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    • Notandreas

      Sooo, glad to have you guys back.
      And thank you for another great beatdown.
      This movie shows that if everything else is just right, you don’t need the perfect script.

      • When a movie is just all out fun… it does indeed cover a multitude of script sins.

    • I feel like sometimes “well-written” and “adheres to the BS2” get treated as though they’re interchangeable.

      While I do think this movie did have all the beats from the BS2, the fact that they’re not easy to pick out doesn’t make the writing bad. Maybe the beats don’t all need to be super loud and clear like “Look at me! I’m a beat!” I don’t think a movie can be this good and enjoyable if the script and story aren’t well-written.

      • The movie had okay writing. Heck, Avengers was probably written a bit shy of Guardians. A movie with okay or even sub-par writing can be a success. Characters, humor, effects, actors… they all serve the movie together as you well know. In this case the acting and characters (groot, rocket) were just what the doctor ordered.

        As for the beats. The beats are all there… not because of the BS2 but because they’re the building blocks of a successful movie.

        I just enjoy using Save the Cat as a standard so that I can learn how different writers and let’s face it, directors, fall-in or out of line with the book we’ve built a show around.

        • Yeah, I wasn’t trying to diminish the idea of seeing how movies line up (or don’t) with the Save the Cat principles. It’s done nothing if not prove how right Blake Snyder was!

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