It is rare that a film truly deserves to be called “perfect”.
While the term is widely heralded in the world of cinema, how many films actually manage to last two hours without a single questionable shot?
Not too many.
Even big movies sometimes have a scene that doesn’t feel quite true, or a subplot that lets your attention wander a little.
From Star Wars: A new hope to that of Martin Scorsese The Irishthere are a lot of stellar movies that could almost have been derailed by a wandering note.
See below for The independentThe list of 11 bad scenes that came close to jeopardizing otherwise brilliant films.
You can also click here to read The independentThe list of 23 secretly fantastic performances in otherwise bad films.
10 Cloverfield Lane
For the vast majority of its runtime, 10 Cloverfield Lane is a tense and gripping psychological thriller, starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead as a young woman trapped in an underground bunker with John Goodman and John Gallagher Jr. While being told the world above has been decimated by an alien attack, we never know if Goodman’s bunker-dweller left is telling the truth. Until the end, that is, when the film suddenly turns into a full-blown disaster film. It’s still a good watch, but it’s almost derailed from the unnecessarily literal ending.
OK, problems with American sniper go deeper than just a duff scene. But for all its questionable politics, Clint Eastwood’s 2014 war drama was an elegant and well-made film, with an incredibly amateurish moment. The scene, in which Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller talk while holding an unequivocally fake baby, was ridiculed and widely remembered when the film came out.
Django Unchained it is a film with truly remarkable performances. There’s Christoph Waltz’s dentist-bounty hunter (a role that earned him a second Oscar), Leonardo DiCaprio’s hateful Calvin Candy and, at the heart of it all, a rarely better Jamie Foxx. But there is one clear black sheep in the cast: Quentin Tarantino himself, who plays an Australian slave trader. The director is horrible – so horrible, in fact, that if he had been on screen for more than his brief appearance, the entire film would have been put at risk.
Jurassic Park III
Although obviously it would never have been a patch on the original, Jurassic Park III it was a fun dinosaur game that puts all three of them Jurassic world movie to shame. Except, remember the scene with the talking velociraptor? It turned out to be a dream sequence, of course, but the brief moment of dino-talk was so silly that you couldn’t help but be taken out of the experience.
Kingsman: The Secret Service
There was something about it Kingsman which really impressed the viewers; his bombastic and far-fetched spin on the spy genre seemed to evoke a bygone era of James Bond. The film has been heavily comedy-oriented all along, but the final scene – which features a crude joke about anal sex – left many with a bad taste in their mouths.
The latest film by There will be blood master Paul Thomas Anderson turned out to be quite divisive; for some it was a work of sheer genius, for others an uncomfortable endorsement of an inappropriate relationship. There was one thing virtually everyone agreed on, however. A scene with John Michael Higgins as a white restaurateur speaking in a grotesquely caricatured Japanese accent to his wife – intended as a lighthearted anti-racist satire – landed like a lead balloon and completely alienated some viewers from the film.
Get the right one in
Scandinavian horror for the age of majority Get the right one in featured some pretty impressive visual effects in many of its scenes, with one obvious exception. A sequence in which Virginia (Ika Nord) is attacked by a room full of cats is rendered with such a shaky CGI that the whole thing looks like some absurd and tacky comedy. Thankfully, it doesn’t detract from the rest of the film, which resists like a creepy delight.
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
The return of the king it was an undeniably grandiose epic, filled with memorable scenes and moments of true awe. The last half hour instead? I’m not so sure. The film’s cheesy epilogue was five times too long and dramatically inert: the scene with Frodo lying in bed, greeting his companions one by one, is enough to get even the most faithful Tolkien boss to check his wristwatch. .
The reissue of the 1997 special edition of Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, quickly became famous among longtime fans of the franchise thanks to one scene in particular. With a small editing change, George Lucas made sure that Han Solo (Harrison Ford) no longer shot the scurrilous alien Greedo before he could shoot him first. At that moment, an allegedly key piece of character building was lost. The controversial scene would have sparked a discussion that has raged among Star Wars fans for decades.
The Dark Knight Rises
Christopher Nolan’s follow-up to the beloved superhero thriller The dark Knight it was noticeably less well received than its predecessor, and for good reason. But for most of its duration, The dark Knight it’s still an addicting game, fueled by the show. The character of Talia al Ghul (Marion Cotillard), however, sadly never fully merged and her flaccid, dizzying death scene caused more laughter than gasps.
Martin Scorsese’s 2018 Gangster Elegy was a slow-burning masterpiece, which reunited the director with Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci and marked his first collaboration with Al Pacino. The actors were digitally scaled for much of the film, to play their characters at various stages of their lives. It worked, more or less, but one scene, in which a seemingly young De Niro beats the man who pushed his daughter, was too much to bear for the digital effects. There is no way to hide the fact that De Niro moves, and fights, like a man in the mid-1970s. In a film full of great and touching moments, this was embarrassing to watch.