Video Essay Explains Why INDEPENDENCE DAY's Script is So Effective

Like most kids who were twelve years old when Independence Day came out, I loved the movie. But rewatching it in recent years, some of the magic vanished as I concentrated more on the cheesy dialogue. But a new video essay from Lessons From The Screenplay examines the movie on a detailed structural level I'd never really considered before, tracking how — despite its occasional cheesiness — it's an impressively efficient piece of screenwriting that ties all of its action to character moments (something many of today's blockbusters forget or fail to do). Watching this made me reconsider and appreciate the film a little more, and maybe it'll do the same for you.

Independence Day: Resurgence comes out this Friday.

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