The Weight Brilliant Writing Can Carry

I just watched Glengarry Glen Ross, the famous movie adapted by David Mamet from one of his own plays.  To be honest, the story isn’t even all that interesting.  Not much happens, other than people arguing with each other and trying to figure out how to keep their jobs.

However, the movie is brilliant because of the dialogue.  Nothing else was needed to drive the movie forward, since Mamet is the master of dialogue.  Of course, since it is a Mamet work, it is rife with profanity, yet I didn’t find it offensive.  That’s probably because he did it so well that it wasn’t oppressive.

Glengarry Glen Ross is a good movie, especially for those not put off by vulgar language.  The whole atmosphere of the story is set by the dialogue, and the viewer is swept away.

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