Andor is a masterclass in screenwriting. Here is how and why. Andor is the Disney+ Star Wars entry that has delighted fans, non-fans, and critics alike. And this alone is a seemingly impossible task—the monster IP has left countless creatives in its destructive wake. The bottom line is if you want to watch amazing scenes and stories, you don't need to look further than the live-action Star Wars series on Disney+, Andor . I understand if maybe you did a spit take just now. The combined legacies of Star Wars and Disney+ don't leave you thinking, “Great writing.” Good at many other things… wildly popular and successful… but a masterclass in writing? In creating stakes and character studies? In dialogue? In crafting layered meaning? Surely not! But I'll tell you again. It's all there. And I'm going to take the time to lay it out because frankly, I love that it's there and wish it was in everything. And why can't it be? An accidental masterpiece But let's go back a bit before we dig and acknowledge that Andor being Sydney Lumet -level type shit is kind of probably a bit of an accident. Why? Well, first off, most good stuff is an accident. Casablanca is one of the greatest movies ever made, and, like, 15 people wrote it with 25 executives chiming in, and four directors. Well, it wasn't quite all that. But you get the point. What about The Godfather ? Another movie where a lot had […]
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