He's definitely someone you can learn from if you're planning to write your own filmscript. This year I saw his latest film, The Descendants, and even though I didn't actually think it could rank as a masterpiece, I was convinced I had seen the work of a genius. A genius in the difficult art of creating dialogues and keeping the action alive.
This reminds me of Thomas McCarthy and other writer-directors I admire. There's a lot of cinéma d'auteur about them and yet they seem to rely on a series of elements that you may find in mainstream films, even TV films. Their stories are placed on the borderline between the commercial and the personal sides of the business, a very unstable yet interesting position. I like it.