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RE: The 'Smart' Blockbuster - 22/5/2012 7:24:54 PM   
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Iron Man for instance did no such thing when Obadiah, Tony Stark's long term friend and father figure, was killed at the end of the movie. Sure, he died trying to kill Tony, but a moments madness doesn't erase decades of memories, and it bugs me that everyone is all smiles and ad-libbed banter at the end. Downey Jnr doesn't need to be sitting in an arm chair blubbing over a photo of Jeff Bridges, one quick line and a sympathetic look from Gwyneth Paltrow before attending the press conference is all it would take to acknowledge this.



It's not a moment of madness in Stane's case though IMO - it's a long term systemic betrayal. Tony realises that Stane was a fraud all along and not the surrogate father he originally believed him to be. It's a very different scenario to the complexities of the Parker/Osborn relationship.


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RE: The 'Smart' Blockbuster - 22/5/2012 10:57:54 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Darth Marenghi


quote:

ORIGINAL: Hood_Man

Iron Man for instance did no such thing when Obadiah, Tony Stark's long term friend and father figure, was killed at the end of the movie. Sure, he died trying to kill Tony, but a moments madness doesn't erase decades of memories, and it bugs me that everyone is all smiles and ad-libbed banter at the end. Downey Jnr doesn't need to be sitting in an arm chair blubbing over a photo of Jeff Bridges, one quick line and a sympathetic look from Gwyneth Paltrow before attending the press conference is all it would take to acknowledge this.



It's not a moment of madness in Stane's case though IMO - it's a long term systemic betrayal. Tony realises that Stane was a fraud all along and not the surrogate father he originally believed him to be. It's a very different scenario to the complexities of the Parker/Osborn relationship.


I know it was a long term thing (to be honest I used "moments madness" because I was trying to wrap up my point) but it still doesn't erase all those memories. Whether they were true or not they still happened.

Unless it's a writer trying to wrap things up too hastily, or a Daniel Craig's James Bond "putting his armour back on" scenario (which isn't hinted at in Iron Man), I just can't think of any justifiable reason for a human character to shut off their emotions so quickly.

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RE: The 'Smart' Blockbuster - 22/5/2012 10:59:13 PM   
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I agree with Hood Man here, now he's brought it up it does seem a bit odd and definitely brushed under the carpet. I get that sometimes these movies cant dwell on these things, esp towards the end, but something would've been nice, an attempt at least

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RE: The 'Smart' Blockbuster - 22/5/2012 11:50:09 PM   
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Its always contextually based on the viewer.

That said, I would say a "smart" movie is something that simply makes you think about something you haven't before or in a different way. Nothing more then that IMO.


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RE: The 'Smart' Blockbuster - 23/5/2012 1:32:09 AM   
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Basically, to me a smart blockbuster would be something that not only provides the action, excitement and big budget effects, but also has good characters you can get behind, therefore adding to the action and excitement of the movie, and a plot/story that engages you and something you have to pay attention to. Also the issues the film deals with. Examples for me would be Both Nolan bat films, Inception, ROTPOTA, Avengers, Die Hard and Jaws. There are probably loads more but I'm tired as tits right now.

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RE: The 'Smart' Blockbuster - 23/5/2012 11:03:05 AM   
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Good writing makes a smart blockbuster. It's a shame that this seems to be the very last thing considered with a lot of big budget fare.

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