Last night, I saw ERIN BROCKOVICH again.  Directed by Steven Soderbergh and written by Susannah Grant, the movie is terrific and there’s a lot to be learned from it.

First, the main character is in the center of the movie – it felt like she was in every single scene.  Julia Roberts won a well-deserved Oscar for her portrayal of Erin Brockovich.  My guess is when she read the script and couldn’t resist.

It’s a great role in a meaningful story and the filmmakers knew enough to keep the Brockovich character front and center throughout.

One scene was particularly impressive.  Erin’s driving and her boyfriend George is telling her over the phone that he witnessed her daughter’s first word…and Erin’s reaction: half thrilled laughter, half tears of sadness, was truly memorable acting.

Also, it was a pleasure to hear a woman main character have real sounding dialogue.  She swore, she was funny, she was real.

Another plus: the B-story – Erin’s relationship with boyfriend George – was intricately tied to the A-story rather than feeling like a tack-on.  The storytelling is really seamless.

One of the other things I noticed this time around, was that the climax is told on a personal level.  Rather than have the climax happen in public – in the courtroom – the filmmakers chose to play out the ending with Erin and one of the support characters – along with Erin’s love interest George, folding the B-story climax in with the A-story climax.  

Good writing.  Good directing.  Good film.  

Worth seeing again.  



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