In movies, there’s always a main character. Well, I shouldn’t say always, but those movies without a specific main character usually suck so I disregarded those in my statement. I’ve noticed that there’s always the same movie flow.
A – MC has been doing well with his/her life so far, experiencing success without having to undergo hardship in the past.
B – MC life sucks.
Something (such as a spider) or someone (usually somebody hot, or a dumb kid) alters MC’s life.
As a result of Phase 1, MC has new previously unforeseen goals and changes attitude.
MC undergoes hardship to meet those goals but always peserveres and breaks through.
MC is met with waves of success and briefly feels like the top of the world until
A: something from the MC’s past comes back to haunt him/her
B: A trap is set by the antagonist
which results in
the MC falling into a deeper hole than ever before seen.
the MC crawls out of the hole, battered, bruised, but rises higher than ever and takes over their world.
A: MC wins/lives happily ever after, with ever after being the last 30 seconds of the film
B: dies with pride, thus effectively ending the film (anybody seen crank?)
What I want to emphasize on is Phase 2B, the part where the MC works hard, peserveres and gets rewarded for it. The reason it is 2B and not 3, is because it is always a few short cut scenes, where they show that “whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”. You see it in Legally Blonde with Elle and her books, you see it in Mighty Ducks when the guys finally start to play as a team, and you see it in Coach Carter when the guys run lap after lap after lap, followed by 1000 pushups. Like many other movie watchers, I always put myself into character when I watch movies and I see how they succeed…and think I can do the same thing. However, for the most of us, the majority of our lives are those few short scenes where we have to work hard and peservere. The MC always makes it look so easy, so smooth, so natural, where in reality, its a grusome struggle. Sure makes me wonder if happily ever after is worth it, or is that a fantasy too?