Movies

A Glaring Error in ‘The Butterfly Effect’

As there’s currently talk about rebooting the film ‘The Butterfly Effect’, I thought I’d talk about a scene in the original film that really annoys me. Spoilers ahead!

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I love sci-fi and fantasy films. If I’m watching a film and you tell me that it’s set in a world where the human race lives on spaceships, I’m totally on board (so to speak). If the main character is a creature called a ‘Hobbit’ with hairy feet, I’m SO up for following him on his adventure. I’m willing to accept a lot of fantasy elements that are established within films, as long as they play by their own rules.

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The Genie’s past in ‘Aladdin’

Spoilers! (As if you’ve never seen ‘Aladdin’…)

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After Jafar is trapped in the lamp at the end of the film, Genie pitches the lamp like a baseball into the desert as he says “10,000 years in the Cave of Wonders oughta chill him out!”

And at the start of the film, he says “10,000 years… will give you such a crick in the neck!”

So we know that Genie has spent 10,000 years in the Cave, and that he expects Jafar to do the same.

From this, should we assume that 10,000 years ago, Genie was in some was a bad guy? Maybe a human like Jafar who was trapped in the lamp in a similar situation? And the 10,000 years he spent in the lamp in the Cave just served to ‘chill him out’ and make him the loveable Genie we all remember?

I don’t know, I’m probably just reading too much into what was supposed to be a throw-away line, but it’s fun to speculate! :)

 

On My Excitement For Star Wars Episode VII!

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the upcoming Star Wars film. I’m obviously super happy and excited that they are making another film! I’m also really apprehensive, because Star Wars has let me down in the past. So I’ve settled on this idea: “It will probably really, really great and if not, it probably won’t be as bad as the prequels.”

Photoshopped, but so exciting.

Photoshopped Hamill, but still so exciting.

Those Star Wars Prequel movies are widely accepted as being bad films, even by the Star Wars community itself, and they have been reviewed to death. In particular, the incredibly in-depth (and, at times, disturbing) reviews by Red Letter Media of those three films skilfully analyse everything that went wrong in them.

And so, In some ways, JJ Abrams has the easiest job in writing the new Star Wars film. He has, in effect, an inexhaustible list of what the film should and should not be and who should and shouldn’t be in it. There is even a massively expansive ‘extended universe’ full of Star Wars stories that could serve as the starting point to a new film.

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