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From my review of the new film Steve Jobs at Taki’s Magazine:

Aaron Sorkin: Master of the Middlebrow

… We are supposed to be living in an age of great television and weak film. But when given his own television shows with ample hours of airtime to fill with his earnest opinions, such as Sports Night, the Clinton White House fantasy The West Wing, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, and The Newsroom, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin tends to be insufferable.

On the other hand, when Sorkin is brought into a movie production as a hired gun and told to somehow cram a technical topic that he doesn’t necessarily care all that much about, such as Moneyball’s revolution in baseball statistics, into a two-hour screenplay, he’s a master of middlebrow. …

The reason Sorkin’s television shows are tiresome while his movies are brilliant is redundancy. Sorkin repeats himself. He uses and reuses the old screenwriting trick of “plant and payoff.” In a two-hour movie, Sorkin’s repetitiousness serves to get complex ideas across, but in a multiyear TV series it just becomes much too much.

Read the whole thing there.

Steve Sailer
About Steve Sailer

Steve Sailer is a journalist, movie critic for Taki's Magazine, columnist, and founder of the Human Biodiversity discussion group for top scientists and public intellectuals.

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