I’m an aspiring filmmaker. Like every filmmaker out there, I have a lengthy list of films that have inspired me along the way. This series will examine twelve of the films that changed the way I looked at movies forever. Films that have greatly influenced the filmmaker I hope to become someday…
A Few Good Men
It’s no secret that I’m extremely passionate about screenwriting. I can’t get enough.
Yet, it can be difficult sometimes to find time to write while balancing my career in television and other normal life responsibilities.
I still try to get into screenwriting mode as much as possible.
To someday write something as good as A Few Good Men.
Forget the amazing film and the legendary performances of Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson for a moment.
In my opinion, the screenplay for A Few Good Men is one of best ever written. It’s a phenomenal script.
Aaron Sorkin’s brilliant work has been a source of inspiration for me since the moment I heard Tom Cruise yell:
“Thank you for playing! Should we or should we not follow the advice of the galactically… stupid!”
Thought I was going to mention this famous exchange didn’t you?
That’s WHY the movie is so fantastic. There are so many iconic and legendary moments. I love everything about this movie but every time I think about how the story is structured and how well the characters are developed I just want to launch Final Draft and lose track of time.
A Few Good Men changed everything because of story, dialogue, action and drama.
Every aspiring screenwriter has a set of films they hold dear to their hearts.
A Few Good Men is at the top of my list for millions of reason but there is one reason that sticks out for me.
Something every creative person craves.
Like a drug you can’t stop feeding your pressing need to write.
Thankfully, all I have to do is pop the DVD in and let my imagination come alive.