Hey guys, I know it’s been a while since I last updated my blog – but I’m currently a little busy with National Novel Writing Month, so that’s taking up a lot of my free time at present. However, I fancied a bit of a break from it so I decided to put this top five together.
You know, I once heard a quote from an author that I used to chat to on a writers forum (forget which one) and he once told me a quote that has stuck with me. I dunno if he came up with this or it was said by someone else, but the quote was as follows: “99% of films would all be resolved if common sense prevailed.” And that’s certainly true with a lot of stories. Oh don’t get me wrong – I understand that sometimes realism has to be put aside for the sake of story (I’ve done that myself), but there are just a – few occasions when a situation just leaves you scratching your heads and think “Why didn’t they just… etc, etc.”
And so for my Top Five today, I’m looking at five stories that COULD have easily been resolved had common sense prevailed. For this list, I’m looking just at films this time around for the sake of keeping it contained. And as always, this is in no particular order and just my opinion – based on research I’ve done online and with my own thoughts.
Also, a disclaimer – just because I mention a film here it does NOW mean I think it’s a bad film. Nor am I saying that these are plot holes (at least not mostly). In fact, I think these films mentioned are actually pretty tight story wise – but they do have one slight WTF moment worth mentioning.
So here we go!
Why didn’t Ariel just WRITE to Prince Eric? The Little Mermaid
So, when Ariel wants to be human, she makes a deal with Ursula, the Sea Witch that she can become human at the cost of losing her voice. Then she has to kiss Eric within three days or she becomes Ursula’s slave. Seems like a fair deal, except for one glaring error. In order to seal this magic, Ariel must sign her name on a bit of parchment, indicating that she can clearly write.
So… WHY did she not write a letter to Prince Eric explaining everything? Boom! Problem solved.
I guess you COULD argue that Ariel was given a magical pen – and maybe that Ursula was actually controlling it (meaning that Ariel had no real control over her actions), but it seems strange that no official explanation has been given from this – at least as far as I know. It doesn’t really take away from the enjoyment of The Little Mermaid, as it’s still a fun film – but when you consider that this error is bigger than the boner the priest gets in this film (yeah, it’s a boner – you can’t fool me! XD) one has to wonder why Disney haven’t tried to correct it.
I guess we’re just the Poor Unfortunate Souls that have to put up with it for the time being. Gettit? What do you mean that’s not funny? *sigh*
Why didn’t the Jaegers just set up base by the dimensional portal? Pacific Rim
But it’s not without its problems!
Ok, so the basis of the film is that there are these huge monsters called Kanji’s and the humans have robots called Jaegers to fight them. The Kanji’s come up from this interdimensional portal in the sea and then the Jaegers have to fight them – usually causing much destruction in the process. Thing is, when a Kanji attacks, they’re base is usually set many miles away. Meaning that they have to travel from one end to the other – which usually means by then that the Kanji’s have already caused quite a bit of destruction.
My question is – WHY did they set up base so far away? Why not just wait OUTSIDE the portal so that they can attack the Kanji’s as they come out. I know they get more and more powerful as they go on – but surely getting an attack on them early would be an advantage. Or, why not just throw a nuclear bomb down there and blow them up – which is what they pretty much do anyway at the end!
I dunno, minor point, but it could have saved them a lot of trouble. And not so many people would have died either. Still, it would me we miss out on all the cool fights, so there’s that I guess.
Why didn’t Elrond try to stop Isildur? The Lord of the Rings
So in the original battle against Sauron – when an alliance of Men and Elves joined forces to push back the forces of Mordor – Isildur cuts the One Ring from Sauron’s finger, destroying him. Knowing that the Ring had to be destroyed for Sauron to be defeated, Elrond (King of the Elves) tells Isildur to throw the Ring into the fires of Mount Doom. But Isildur, corrupted by the Ring’s influence takes it and walks away – which would eventually lead into the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Here’s something that always puzzled me. Elrond knew the dangers of the Ring and what it could eventually lead to – so why did he let Isildur walk away? Why didn’t he try to force him to throw the Ring in or – as a last resort – kill him and cast him into the fires, realising he was too far gone? I understand that they were friends and fought together, but surely this would have been for the greater good?
Now I guess you COULD argue that this could have started a war between the Elves and Men – and that’s certainly possible. But let’s not forget that Elrond and Isildur were alone in the mountain. Elrond could have just killed him (regretfully of course) and then told everyone Isildur attacked him – no one would have been any the wiser. Of course, there was always the chance that some Men could find out and then the war would start again – creating the very thing that Elrond wanted to prevent. And I guess he would have had to live with the guilt of killing his friend.
However, even if a war did start between Men and Elves – surely this would have been better than the alternative? I mean a peace treaty could have eventually been made between the two races surely? They couldn’t do that with Sauron or the forces of Mordor.
Mmmm, thinking about it, I’m not sure this actually would have been preferable either way. But still, one has to wonder why Elrond just let him walk away.
Maybe if Mr Incredible wasn’t such a dick to Buddy Pine… The Incredibles
Now before he became Syndrome, Buddy Pine was a technological boy genius that aspired to be like Mr Incredible. So much so that he followed him around and even “got involved” on one of his missions, trying to be like his sidekick – but putting himself in danger. Mr Incredible had to end up saving his butt and then berated him – essentially crushing his dreams of being a hero. This caused him to become bitter and eventually evil.
But… what if Mr Incredible HADN’T been such a dick to him? After all, Buddy Pine was only a kid and Mr Incredible was his hero – it’s only natural that he wanted to be like him, because he idolised Mr Incredible. But at the same time he could have also made Buddy aware of the dangers that being a superhero has.
In other words, Mr Incredible could have encouraged Buddy Pine to work on his powers, get some training, learn to use his powers effectively. Maybe even take him under his wing and train him himself (if he had the time). That way, Buddy would feel appreciated – Syndrome may never have existed, he never would have built weapons of mass destruction and all those heroes would never have had to die.
Maybe that’s a long shot – but you gotta admit that most of the stuff that happens with Syndrome was because of Mr Incredible.
But then again, one could argue that if Syndrome never wore a cape – he could have lived to tell the tale! XD
If Superman can turn back time – why didn’t he use it in any other film? ANY of the Christopher Reeves Superman films
And here’s where I and a few other nerds have a problem.
In the first Superman film, Supes has to stop two missiles that Lex Luthor fires – but he only manages to stop one of them and his girlfriend Lois Lane dies. How does he resolve this – by spinning around the world so fast he puts time back.
Ignoring the scientific logistics of this (if there are any) one has to ask the question – if Superman could do this before, then WHY doesn’t he use it in any other films. I know the ghost of his father says it’s forbidden – but in all fairness, there doesn’t seem to be any ill effects caused by doing it. So couldn’t he just put time back in the other films? That way he never would have had to fight General Zod (Superman 2), he never would have turned evil (Superman 3) and Superman 4: The Quest for Peace would never have been made (which personally I can only see as a good thing).
Come to think of it, if he’s able to fly around the Earth really fast – why wasn’t he able to catch the two missiles at once? See? This is why I have trouble keeping up with Superman and his extended family – the writers just keep messing around with his superpowers. I mean, it’s not as if Marvel ever did that with any of their…
Oh wait… never mind.
Anyway, this power just really bugged me and it just got me thinking why Supes never did it with any of the other films. I guess the writers just gave him amnesia or something.
So those are five films that probably could have been solved a lot easier than what they actually were. Like I said before, that doesn’t make these bad films – I just can’t help nerding out over them. Any more I missed? Let me know in the comments below.
I’ll try and update my blog again where I can, but as it’s NaNoWriMo, I can’t promise anything. Especially since I only have another 10,000 words to go to hit my target!
Take care guys, speak soon.