My film and TV knowledge is absolutely non- existent – I hadn’t even heard of Ryan Reynolds before his Wrexham takeover! Even before having 3 kids, the thought of sitting down to watch a 2-3 hour film or to binge-watch a TV series never excited me. The little TV down time I have would usually be spent on sport and documentaries.
After hearing rave reviews about the Police Drama Happy Valley, I tuned into the 1st episode as the rest of the country was seemingly watching the last, and I was gripped from the start. Sarah Lancashire does a great job of playing the main character – Police Officer Catherine Cawood, as she pursues the main villain of the piece – Tommy Lee Royce (James Norton).
Highly recommended on the BBC iplayer if you haven’t watched it already.
It turns out that all great films and series, be it a Disney film or a Scorsese classic, follow the same pattern. They consist of a ‘hero’, and a ‘villain’, but also a ‘guide’. The guide is the person or character that helps the hero overcome the villain or challenge that he’s facing. Like Luke Skywalker meeting his ‘guide’ Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Trek, or ‘Karate Kid’ Daniel RaLusso meeting his guide, Mr Myiagi, who helps him overcome bullying and self-doubt.
Pay attention to this next time you’re watching a film or series. Film producers know that due to human psychology, following this simple structure will keep us gripped every time!
To give an optical twist on this concept, at A1 Eyewear we consider you – the patient, to be the ‘hero’, with the problem of reduced vision or uninspiring glasses to overcome. We are just the ‘guide’ to help you to the happy ending of good vision and great glasses!