This Deconstructing the Narrative contains heavy spoilers from the movie Independence Day: Resurgence. It is recommended that you watch the movie first before reading this article in order to get the full effect. You have been warned.
Deconstructing the Narrative (DTN) is an exercise where I take a movie (usually a bad or badly told one) and break down its story to show what works and what doesn’t. I’ll highlight characters, their interactions with the story, and how they could be improved. I’ll point out bad story structure and what could have been done differently. This is going to be a more nit-picky type of breakdown with a LOT of personal opinions. Why am I doing this? To learn from the mistakes of others and to become a better writer.
I figured what better way to get started than to celebrate the Fourth of July with Independence Day: Resurgence. ID:R is a strange movie that I love and also hate. It showcased everything I wanted in a sequel to one of my all-time favorite movies, but also had some mind-numbing stupid moments and very bad writing.
Come back later as I deconstruct the narrative of: Independence Day: Resurgence. Let’s find out if this movie could have been saved.