'Bullet Train,' 'Prey' make old formulas fresh
'Prey' is best Predator movie since original
August 11, 2022
A common criticism of certain films is that they're "formulaic," which I dislike as a criticism, because it's imprecise.
A formula, after all, is simply a set of descriptions and measurements of specific ingredients, illustrating how and when to combine them, in order to achieve the results you're looking for.
In that sense, a formula is a rudimentary story, and while it's true certain stories can feel hindered, or perhaps even trapped, by their underlying formulas, it's a mark of a versatile formula when you can make it feel fresh by switching up its ingredients.