Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Suspension of Disbelief

Yes, that's just a fancy way of saying that it refers to the alleged willingness of a reader or viewer to accept as true the premises of a work of fiction, even if they are fantastic, impossible, or contradictory.

When I go to a movie; I don't like to be too smart. I prefer to be entertained and wowed.

Take the movie The Illusionist. I thought it was a great movie. I would hate to just be trying to second guess the movie or understand how the magic is made or even worse to be thinking that it's just CGI effects. Rather; I get immersed in the movie if I can.

But damn them if they make a movie that changes my perception of reality forever. For example, Broadcast News was a good movie about what goes on behind the scenes of the nightly news. Very entertaining but now that I've seen what they do and how they provide pre-rehearsed questions, all I can think of when watching the News is all that I learned from that movie...and it pisses me off. I didn't want to know!

Here's five movies that will keep you guessing at the plot:
1. Slueth (this is a movie I wish I could have Alzheimers with so I could enjoy it fresh over and over)
2. The Game (ok, dark, but you try and predict it)
3. Deathtrap (cheesy take on Slueth but entertaining enough)
4. Red Rock West (Nicolas Cage)
5. Memento (you'll have to stay awake for this one just to follow it)

Ok, I do go to the 'dark side' and question plot lines sometimes too:
- Why didn't Obe Wan recognize R2D2 from "A New Hope" even though he had adventures specifically with him from the Clone Wars episodes?
- Why in "The Rock" did Sean Connery have to go through the elaborately complicated process of timing the furnace fire just to appear through a door to those he was breaking back into Alcatraz with? Obviously it was meant to show that by getting through the elaborate sequence of the furnace that he could then easily open the door from the other side. The only problem with this logic is that when he escaped from Alcatraz, he would have been coming from the other way, hence he wouldn't need to learn the elaborate sequence through the furnace, he could simply open the door. This is why I hate being logical sometimes!

Do you disbelieve?


Kurt said...

The Illusionist was great.

Unknown said...

The Usual Suspects should be on that list as well. What a twist for me- who expected the narrator to be lying and the entire movie to not be what really happened? Memento was amazing, glad it made your list. The Shinning (Jack's) is a decent twist as well.

I am most happy that no M. Night McShamalamadingdong made your list. Well done!

Ed said...

Everybody loves the Usual Suspects...except me. I just can never seem to get into it long enough to get hooked. There's something about the style of it; like they're all trying to hard to be cool or something. I dunno. Anyway, there are lots of movies with twists I guess; I tried to suggest a few with many twists. You could add Crying Game, Fight Club, and a whole bunch more to the twist list.

Shawna said...

Wow, I think you are the first person I've ever heard of who did not love The Usual Suspects. Ok, I mean people that have a BRAIN. Man, Spacey is amazing in that movie. I had to watch it 3 times before I finally "got it" all.

Memento was the one for me that I felt like it was trying to be "too cool", I totally know what you mean by that, and felt that was one of those movies. Like they tried to hard to be obscure.

I'd add Donnie Darko to that list. One of my all-time favorites, although people either love it like I do, or hate it horribly.