Hmmm, not sure what to make of this. It's clearly very well written, and there is a strong grasp of plot, character and pace. It just, well, didn't grab me. I think because it's a comedy but it didn't make me laugh very much. There were some good lines, but it wasn't out and out funny.
The twists at the end came thick and fast and I didn't expect them, so that was good. I thought there would be a more moral aspect, a point to the whole movie. Perhaps this is too obvious and has been done too much, but not having one left me feeling a little underwhelmed - perhaps that's me because I've seen so many of this type of movie and they tend to have a message.
It was too long, you could easily lose 20 pages without missing anything, making it sharper and more focused. In particular the no. of flashbacks were too many. I got the point of them and liked the plot device, but thought it was a bit overdone.
A key plot weakness for me was with Splitfoot. As he was the all-powerful devil it wasn't realistic that Skippy could have caused his downfall, Splitfoot could have saved himself with magic.
Overall I guess I've seen these types of movies and didn't find this one bought anything different enough or funny enough to make it stand out.
My suggestion, and you probably don't want to do it as it will involve changing the whole movie, is to have Splitfoot as a human being. He's so rich and powerful he's bored, his only fun is in toying with people's lives. Skippy is his next victim, who he takes, makes famous again, ridicules etc, but when he tries to discard him Skippy is the one who gets away and gets revenge - so same movie but without the supernatural. Just an idea.
I know this has been pretty negative but as I said at the beginning, you clearly write very well and have a good grasp of screenwriting structures and plots. Good luck.
Review of: The Resurrection of Skippy Poindexter
reviewed by OliRichards on 02/17/2012
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