Scriptwriting is hard.
There are a million balances to strike, not the least of which is judging just
how much information you give your audience. Explain too little and your reader
either won’t understand what’s going on or won’t feel satisfied. Explain too
much and, well, your art becomes like the movies on this list.
Getting too many answers
can often make a story less exciting. It can destroy characters. It can make a
world seem smaller than it did before. It can even make the events of a story
seem less realistic. Above all, over-explaining takes space that could have been
occupied by our own imaginative process and replaces it with something more finite
and, therefore, less interesting.
That’s not to say this
impulse to explain isn’t understandable. As stated before, there are
consequences for under-explaining and, moreover, it makes sense that a writer
would want to reveal more about the fictional world they’ve put their readers
in and, in that respect, all the films on this list are due a bit of our
Nonetheless, they are
all lessons in the value of leaving some things a bit vague in fiction – of leaving
audiences a bit of imaginative space in the narrative where their own minds can
conjure things much more affecting than a simple explanation ever could.