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10 Movies That Explained Way Too Much

Some explanations give us more than we wanted and kill our enjoyment of movies we otherwise love.

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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 sympathy.

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.

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