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SCRIPT REVIEWS:  DEC 2016 - JAN 2017 FROM:




All persons hired to evaluate scripts for The Black List have worked for a major agency, management company, studio, production company, or screenplay competition. Reviewers assigned are genre-specific.  Examples of recent screenplays beginning on The Black List which have been made into successful films are Argo, American Hustle, Juno,  The King's Speech, Slumdog Millionaire, Spotlight and The Revenant.


Overall:


  •  “This script is eloquently written.”
  • “The quality of the writing is excellent…”  
  • ​ "The quality of writing is very high."
  • “The [writer’s] passion for the subject matter practically drips from the page.”
  • “The script has amazing characters and premise.”
  •  “The screen directions/descriptions of settings were well done. They were concise but also poetic - it made for a vivid script.”

 
Epic Nature:


  • “A sweeping historical epic in every sense of the word.”
  • “...on the scale of Ben-Hur and Kubrick's Spartacus, but is probably best compared to the likes of Kubrick's Barry Lyndon.
  • “An intricate look at the difficult birth of a nation, Aegis for Dreams is a feature of an epic scale not seen in decades.”


Story structure:


  • “The ending was clever and poignant. It felt cohesive in terms of tone and was a great closing to the film."
  • “The drama and tensions that arise between [Washington and Hamilton] during the duress of war is well portrayed.”   
  •  “The tension in the final scenes between Hamilton and Washington is wonderful, and their story and relationship only became more fascinating as it slowly unfolded.”


Richness of story:


  •  "The author’s credibility to tell a story set in this world / amongst these historical figures is unquestionable."
  • There are so many great, riveting pops of story throughout that provide a wide range of insight…”
  • “Flashbacks involving Hamilton’s childhood are intriguing and allow the audience to catch a glimpse of his difficult upbringing.”   
  • “The inventive dioramas into these men’s war time ‘inspirations’ are another clever touch, seen through Washington and Hamilton’s readings on Cato as they literally come alive.”   


Character/Relationships:


  • “The script perfectly captures the cheeky, brash, yet brilliant tone of the real Alexander Hamilton.”  
  • “The amount of information and rounded-out characters that the script is able to display is impressive to say the least.”  
  • “[The script contains] excellent scenes with either Washington or Hamilton (or both) that are impressive in their intimate and personal nature."
  • "The writer does a superb job of taking these characters from simply being historical figures and transforming them into tangible human beings.”
  • “The relationship between Hamilton and Eliza felt organic and moving. She was a strong female character that would stay with audiences after the film.”
  • "The setting is entirely authentic, and not only the voices but also the attitudes of the characters are organic to the world of the piece." 


Research:


  • “…incredibly well-researched.”  
  • “… an almost intricate amount of factual detail”  
  •  “The writer’s vast knowledge of the time and its people is beyond obvious.” 
  •  “The dialogue reflects a great deal of knowledge of the subject on behalf of the writer.” 


Dialogue:


  •  “The dialogue overall is very solid.”      
  •  “Overall, the dialogue is informative and strong.”  
  • “There is an authentic period cadence to the dialogue.”   
  •  “The dialogue and diction is perfectly in tune with the time.”   
  • “The various relationships feel authentic and realistic, and the events and conversations that transpire feel natural.”