Gotta say, first off, that I loved Anny's blog yesterday. Not only was she insightful but one commenter, Mona, left us a link to some top rate inconsistencies in finished film. It reminded me of an article I saw in college. It was a screen shot from Dangerous Liaisons in which the heroine in a full embrace by the rogue was pictured. There in a tiny hidden pocket was the top 1/4 inch of a certs roll. After the display yesterday, I wonder if the props master in Hollywood for each of those films still has a job or if the slip ups by-passed the director and the producer both. Must have to make it on film but sheesh.
One of my editors hates going to movies for this reason. She gets so caught up in the errors that she can't enjoy the film any longer. After an email from her one day, I went to a movie with my husband. I began paying very close attention to the small things. For example someone seen from the back and side with a check elevated in smile that isn't smiling when the camera shows the whole face. Or a woman who is lying down with her right knee up hasn't moved but the next camera cut shows the left knee upright. Moving moles and part lines, a change in the actress' shoes, an actor who suddenly appears to be left handed because the film was reversed.... It's all there to see.
How much of this distracts us and how much is creative license on the part of the director? Does it take me out of the story or can I gloss over it? In rudimentary writing classes I was told that anything distracting to the forward progression of the plot should be removed. But what's distracting and what's out and out inaccuracy?
Personally I find it a fun challenge to locate the tidbits. What annoys the heck out of me are major plot points or props going wonky. For example Indiana Jones and the yada yada yada that just came out nearly gave me a migraine of annoyance. The crystal skull is supposed to be solid and is approximately 18 inches long and at least 8 inches wide. Solid folks. Solid crystal. Yet the actors palm it in one hand, flip it up into the air and catch it like a tennis ball. They tilt it this way and that, they run without labor and basically fling the skull all over the place as though it weighed no more than a gnat.
And really who can blame them? Did you see the prop master's attempt at realism with that thing? I looked like a thin plastic shell filled with wadded up saran wrap. I'd throw that in the air too, only I wouldn't catch it. It was a glaring inaccuracy which ruined the movie for me. Suspend disbelief? Not possible. It had several scenes in the flick and I think I snorted through them all.
What are some of the inaccuracies you've found in a movie recently?