Skip to toolbar
Street

Why does it feel like shitty movies are blamed on the director who has no control over the writing while the shitty writers get off scott free to write more shitty films?

I mean we get all these shitty films that are coming off the tail end of a beloved franchise, or just bad movies in general, and it feels like everyone goes straight to blaming the director. Everytime I hear that a movie is shitty, or that a movie is good for that matter, All I hear is that whoever mcgivesashit is the director of that film, and I don’t even know who the writers are.

I’m not the only one thinking this, right? Like if someone does know a lot about this I would appreciate it being explained to me.

View Reddit by SmurfSmurftonView Source

Tags

city guide

The publication focuses on fashion, style, and culture for men, though articles on food, movies, fitness, sex, music, travel, sports, technology, and books are also featured

17 Comments

  1. Years ago there was a short film making competition on YouTube. The only script was 10 words

    Character 1: So, what did you think?
    Character 2: …it wasn’t what I expected.

    The way some filmmakers took this tiny script and made intriguing and cinematic short films is why the directors usually get the blame.

  2. Because scripts are often written by commitee. Or are just a repurposed script that someone bought for a couple thousand dollars once. Like, for example, the Transformers movie with Mark Wahlberg was a random alien invasion movie script that was repurposed to be a Transformers movie. Or how the Starship Troopers movie was a random alien movie that had Starship Troopers slapped on it because the studio happened to have the rights to the IP. You can’t blame a writer for some producer turning his script into something else, giving it to a director who does not understand or outright dislikes the material and the making shit.

    Look at when Spike Lee made the American version of Oldboy. Are you going to blame the writer for Spike Lee throwing a temper tantrum and creating a cinematic abortion as a form of protest?

  3. Ultimately it’s a collaboration between a dozen or so artistic and business departments

    But the director is the person in charge of it all; and the ultimate layer of responsibility. Like the CEO of a company.

    If the script is shitty he shouldn’t have accepted the project or he should decide it needs rewrites

  4. Not sure I agree (shocking, a Redditor disagrees, I know). There’s a difference between the content (writers) and its execution (director). Do you have an example of a shitty writer who continues to get work?

  5. The director has a lot of veto and editing power, and if famous enough the power to drop the project. Happens all the time.

    In the end they need to manage the teams and get the best out of everyone. And if it’s that bad, get new people or leave the job to somebody else who wants the script.

  6. I agree that more focus should be given to the poor writing. But I don’t know the effects of writing a bad script continuously long term. Some people no matter how terrible they are always get hired. And some writers don’t get hired much even after writing critically acclaimed screenplays, because of the poor box office performances.

  7. Can’t the director refuse to do it unless they approve of the script? It’s probably also one of those things where the director (and lead actors) is basically the face of the movie and gets most of the credit and blame, whether its correctly placed or not.

  8. The same way the public will blame the CEO for a company’s mistake, even if it happened because of a shitty employee, who will leave the company to get re-hired and keep being shitty.

    That’s one of the things about leadership. It doesn’t matter who screws up, it’s still your fault. If you let something get past you that it shouldn’t and it blows up, that’s on you.

  9. Directors who direct shitty movies often times also get off scott free to direct other movies (see M. Night Shyamalan)

    If a writer only writes bad scripts, he won’t get hired. If he stinks it up once in a while, some studios will still take a shot at him

    It’s also a matter of budget. Just like you can’t get the A list actors for every movie, I assume you can’t always hire the very best and most consistent writers

    It also happens that the director has a lot of input on the creative direction of the movie and even on which parts of the script are good or bad (see Justice League Whedon version vs Snyder Cut)

  10. Directors who direct shitty movies often times also get off scott free to direct other movies (see M. Night Shyamalan)

    If a writer only writes bad scripts, he won’t get hired. If he stinks it up once in a while, some studios will still take a shot at him

    It’s also a matter of budget. Just like you can’t get the A list actors for every movie, I assume you can’t always hire the very best and most consistent writers

    It also happens that the director has a lot of input on the creative direction of the movie and even on which parts of the script are good or bad (see Justice League Whedon version vs Snyder Cut)

  11. because the director can mess up a good story with bad directing. You can tell if a director is good but has nothing to work with in terms of the writing. i personally dont see the directors being blamed more than others but outside of stupid dialog the overall presentation of the film depends on how well the director does his/ her job and therefore is the most easily attackable

  12. The director is the one who has the final decisive role in taking all of the elements that have been provided, and making something worthwhile.
    In that sense he’s like the cook who prepares a dish.
    So, of course there are a lot of things that can go wrong with cooking, as with filmmaking – but there’s a presumption that if something is wrong with the inputs (whether it’s a script, or the scallops), the director (or cook) is supposed to notice and be able to do something about that. The script, after all, has been chosen from many, and the director has agreed to make the movie. If the script is too shitty to work, the director had the option of turning down the job; having taken it, we assume he’s going to make something of it.

  13. It’s just the way the culture of responsibly is in the western film world.

    They get the blame, but directors almost always get all the praise as well. It’s what you sign up for as a director.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to top button