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Sunday, December 04, 2005

Question of the Day #14: Irrational Entertainment?

Sometimes when I watch TV, I find myself picking and choosing which irrational plot devices I allow myself to buy and which ones I don't. For example, I don't object to talking cartoon animals, but I can't stand spontaneous Disney singing.

To what degree are you able to immerse yourself in the movie universe, and why do you except certain irrational story devices over others? Why do you suppose we make these exceptions?

As always, feel free to comment.

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At 12/04/2005 4:09 PM, Blogger Boelf declaimed...

I find different physical realities fairly easy to accept. For instance faster than light travel, telepathy, telekinesis etc. I do expect these effects to have rules and that they be consistent. For instance in Star Trek when they can’t get a voice signal through some interference but they can teleport a body through it. If a vastly simpler voice signal can’t get through, the information necessary to get a whole body through surely wouldn’t get through either.

Also when a character’s actions make no sense. Not to spoil a movie for anyone its enough to say that the ending to Collateral while tying in nicely poetically to a reference early in the show was utterly illogical in terms of what the main character would do.

At 12/04/2005 10:04 PM, Blogger breakerslion declaimed...

Ah, suspension of disbelief. It is different for everyone I have ever talked to about this subject. I agree with boelf, once you establish your conventions, don't throw them out the window. I've been a sci-fi buff all my life, but I couldn't stand Star Trek TNG for that very reason. Then there was the deus ex-machina "Q"! All he needed was a pink Tutu and a wand!

Writing yourself out of dire predicaments is what is known as the "bullet-proof vest". From the kid's game that goes,

"Bang! I shot you! Fall Down!"
"No you didn't 'cuz I'm wearing a bullet-proof vest!"

This tends to annoy me far more than talking trees and the like. Another thing that pisses me off is the action hero dodging the machine gun fire. The whole point of a machine gun is that it's hard to miss when you are spraying bullets like water from a fire hose. I like to count how many times he would be dead in real life. Then there is the "pretty picture". This happens when the director (Speilberg does this a lot) can't resist that pretty piece of cinematography that reminds you that you're watching a movie.

At 12/05/2005 12:03 AM, Blogger harveyg declaimed...

breakerslion's comment reminded me so much of a movie I watched today, Mr. & Mrs. Smith. Talk about unrealistic action scenes -- they've got lots and lots but inspite of that (or perhaps because of it), along with a bit of really funny dialogue, it was an enjoyable movie.

Spontaneous Disney singing and spontaneous singing in general are my favorites followed by a good Stephen Segall, kick the bad guy's asses movie, followed by a family, situation comedy. There is no rational reason for these ecclectic choices and, I guess, that's the whole idea behind watching a movie -- a brief escape from reality.



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