Sunday, July 20, 2008

Chekhov's gun: corollary

Saw Boondock Saints today. Good flick - on a scale from 1 to awesome, I give it an 8. Willem Dafoe has a supporting role as an FBI agent brought in to solve a murder in Boston. It made me think of what Anton Chekhov said: "If in the first act you have hung a pistol on the wall, then in the following one it should be fired. Otherwise don't put it there."

A corollary to that rule is: "If Willem Dafoe walks onto the screen in the first act, then in the following one shit is going to get full-bore crazy. Otherwise why did you hire him?"

6 comments:

B.E. Earl said...

Boondock Saints is an odd movie.

It's got a very loyal cult following, especially amongst the frat-boy set.

I found myself yawning a lot.

Troy Duffy (the writer/director) is an interesting Hollywood story on how NOT to act after having one semi-successful movie. Or not.

slappy said...

It is a weird movie. I found myself wondering halfway through "Hey, how did these two random kids from Southie become the world's greatest assassins?" But then Dafoe started acting nuts again and I was distracted.

Ɯbermilf said...

That Star Trek guy had a gun corollary?

Scumbag said...

"i just wanted to cuddle"

....

"faggot"

or at least i think that's how it went.

slappy said...

Ubie: He had both a gun theory and a nuclear wessel theory.

Scum: That's damn near letter perfect. Why a self-hating homosexual? Why the hell not?

Spinning Girl said...

wow, what a face.