I saw the movie SUNSHINE CLEANING tonight, which I liked but didn't love. It has some really great acting, two great female roles and an interesting concept: people who clean up after deaths and violent crimes.
I think there might have been a missed opportunity there - something which I think happens in a lot of scripts. You've got a great concept, or a great situation, or a great conflict - so use it. Push your characters to their limits. Think of the most interesting or surprising or powerful thing that could happen. I don't mean melodrama...but my thought process is, you can do anything in TV and movies (at least at the writing stage). Have fun! Don't hold back. Go there.
In the movie, I kept waiting for the cleaners to find something really crazy or surprising, but they never really did. The movie wasn't really about that, it was about their personal journeys - which I totally get. But why couldn't it have been both? What if they had found ___ during one of the cleanups? I don't know the exact answer, but I feel like maybe there could have been a more interesting movie in there somewhere.
Can you guys think of missed opportunities in movies or TV that disappointed you?