Coming-of-age stories tend to be about making bad decisions until the very end:
- W: Accept the come-on? Yes.
- W: Lie to her parents and go to Oxford with him? Yes.
- W: Agree to ignore his crimes? Yes.
- W: Have sex with him? Yes.
- W: Accept the marriage proposal? Yes.
- R: Humiliate herself to get back into school? Yes.
The Bourne Identity:
- R: Speak to the lady at the Embassy? No.
- R: Climb down the wall? Yes.
- R: Trust Marie? Yes.
- R: Continue investigating his past after they discover bad things? No.
- R: Leave Marie and return to Paris? Yes.
- R: Kill Conklin? No.
- W: Answer the distress signal? Yes.
- W: Break quarantine? Yes.
- W: Remove the face-hugger or not? No. (To be fair, they can’t figure out how)
- R: Kill the alien or try to preserve it for the company? Kill it.
- R: Blow up the whole ship to kill it? Yes.
- R: Go back for the cat? Yes.
- R: Come home to help with the store? Yes.
- U: Pick up the ear? Yes.
- U: Investigate it outside the law? Yes.
- W: What to do when Dorothy finds him there? Have sex with her.
- W: Hit her when she asks him to? Yes.
- R: Finally tell Sandy everything when Dorothy shows up? Yes.
- U: Go confront Frank? Yes.
- R: Agree to build the weapons for the terrorists or let himself be shot? He pretends to agree under false pretense.
- U: Let Shinzen sacrifice himself so he can escape? Yes.
- R: Get back into the arms business? No.
- W: Trust his partner? Yes.
- U: Take the next step with Pepper she makes herself vulnerable at the fundraiser? Not yet.
- U: Lie to the press about Iron Man? No.
Do you have any thoughts about how charting these hard decisions and whether they're right, wrong, or unclear relates to your old post "How to Structure a Story"? Following the standard structure, there'd be a midpoint disaster, and presumably this would be the result of a choice that is wrong in hindsight. I noticed that the different films you broke down in this post don't necessarily have a wrong decision at the midpoint. Do you have any thoughts on this?
Also, if the hero would usually become proactive through the later part of the film (doing things the hard way), do you think this would weight the choices more toward being right (in retrospect) during this section? Just curious.
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