The votes are in, the ballots have been counted, and two lucky Bonus View readers will be receiving free copies of ‘The Adjustment Bureau‘ on Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack. Want to know who won? Read on to find out!
In order to win the prize, contest entries had to answer the following question: What one element or aspect of an existing movie do you wish you could adjust? If you had the power to go back in time and alter the course of one movie, what would you fix?
When I came up with the topic, I had no idea how difficult it would be to judge. There are really no wrong answers to this question. We received a couple hundred terrific responses, and I had a very hard time picking favorites. Ultimately, I had to winnow the results down to the following:
Too obvious, but I’d replace Sofia Coppola in the Godfather Part III with…well, anyone!
Yes, it is very obvious. But it also needed saying, and Shannon was the first to do so.
Also, that one horrible line from X-Men. You know what I’m talking about. Where Storm does something really cool, then ruins it by saying something EXTREMELY stupid. Why, oh why did they keep that line in the film? Every time I watch it now I have to cover my ears at that scene and pretend she’s just being a silent badass.
The line in question is: “Do you know what happens to a toad when it’s struck by lightning? The same thing that happens to everything else.” Ironically, this was one of only two lines of dialogue in the film written by Joss Whedon from a draft of the script otherwise discarded.
Taken on its own, the line is reasonably clever. Unfortunately, Halle Berry’s terrible delivery just kills it. (The line is at the very end of this clip.)
Allegedly, even director Bryan Singer has admitted that this part of the scene is embarrassing and should have been cut during editing.
One movie I can think of off hand is The Matrix Reloaded, I would adjust that whole rave scene right out of the movie, while I understand what they were going for, it completely threw off the whole tone of the film, slow motion undulation coupled with drain plug sex = really weird.
Cast a better actress like Charlize Theron as Emma Frost in X-men: First Class. Maybe even Tricia Helfer or Yvonne Strahovski.
Yvonne Strahovski as Emma Frost? I support this. I support this very much.
if i could change one thing in a movie it would be to take the two-face story out of the dark knight (or save it until the very end allowing you to have him in the next movie). i think that this is a great movie and aaron eckhart was great as harvey dent. i would have liked to see what he could do if he was given more screentime as two-face.
Definitely agreed. There were too many villains in that movie. The Two-Face storyline should have been saved for the third movie.
I’m sure I won’t be the only one to throw M. Night Shyamalan a bone here, but all be damned, Signs could have been a really good flick. The hype and suspense surrounding the movie was great, hell even Mel Gibson deserves a nod for his efforts. But making the aliens allergic to water? The very same substance the consumes the majority of our planet? I guess it makes sense that the aliens were targeting farm land, What if the sprinklers went on when they were making crop circles? I would imagine beaches would become a pretty popular place if “they” chose to attack again….
Epic fail indeed.
Donnie Brasco: I’d remix the sound when Michael Madsen slaps Bruno Kirby for making a wisecrack. There’s just something about the way it sounds that makes it seem cartoony and artificial, and it always takes me out of the movie for that brief moment.
Wanting to fix one sound effect? Now that’s the kind of nit-picking I love.
I LOVE Minority Report. BUT I would make the adjust and have the movie end on a downer note and have it end when Tom Cruise’s character is put in “jail.” Or some SLIGHT differences to the end, but the current end is tied up into too nice of a bow through what seems like a bunch of dues ex machinas (don’t know if I pluralized that correctly)
Domenick must have read my review.
I would have to say the worst part of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom was Kate Capshaw. That part needed to be less annoying to make the movie more watchable. If that part was cast to a more tolerable actress like Kathleen Turner or Kim Basinger at the time, Crystal Skull would stand alone as the worst of the bunch.
God, she’s horrible in that movie, isn’t she?
In “2001: A Space Odyssey” I’d have HAL sing “I’m going to party like it’s 1999” instead of “Daisy”.
That sounds hilarious.
At the end of The Shawshank Redemption, I’d hold the shot of Red and Andy about to hug and actually show them hug in close-up. It’s always bugged me that right before they embrace the movie cuts to a (very) wide shot of them on the beach. At the end of a long movie it is a great moment seeing these two friends experience freedom together, but we only get to glimpse it from a great distance. Maybe Darabont wanted to emphasize the complete freedom they had by showing us the expanse of the ocean, but I wish he would’ve waited another second to do it. It’s my favorite movie, but the last shot still bugs me.
Another great nit-pick, and I don’t even like ‘The Shawshank Redemption’.
And that brings us to…
Unfortunately, we only have two copies of ‘The Adjustment Bureau’ to give away. After much deliberation, I decided that these two were my favorites.
myself i have a huge qualm with back to the future part 2. great movie, and i love it but watching it the other day i caught myself screaming at the tv at a huge continuity error that completely contradicts the entire premise of the movies.
when old biff in the future steals the delorian to give the sports book to his teenage self how does he come back to the future he stole the delorian from and not the future in which he is rich?
doc and marty go back to 1985 and the world is different because of old biff, but in all practicality and the science of time travel if old biff went back in time and gave himself a tool to get rich and powerful when he returned the delorian back to the future why wasn’t it the altered future?
you see the conundrum? it ruins the whole story i know, but its just something to think of. doc brown was committed, biff was marty’s step father, so marty and doc never would have met, nullifying the first movie and ending the second and 3rd prematurely.
it would be a major overhaul in the rewriting to fix this issue, but it really could have added a lot more to the rich biff part of the movie.
Lack of capital letters and punctuation aside, what I like about Jim’s entry is that I never picked up on this plot hole myself, but he’s right that it does blatantly contradict the logic of the film series. What’s more, now that I hear this, I feel a desperate need to rewatch the whole ‘Back to the Future’ trilogy right away. I think that earns Jim a prize.
For the very last scene of MONSTERS, INC. instead of Sully entering Boo’s bedroom so soon after the events of the movie, have him find her door many years later when she’s a mommy herself (her room now her child’s room) and when he finally enters, she (as an adult) exclaims, “Sully?” That would have been more emotional.
I love ‘Monsters, Inc.’ and I think it’s perfect as is. I had never even considered touching the ending. But the way Keith describes this was like an epiphany to me. Yes, that really would have been an even better, more touching final scene. This is a terrific suggestion, and now that Keith says it, I really wish the movie could end that way.
So, congratulations to Jim and Keith for winning ‘The Adjustment Bureau’ on Blu-ray! And thank you to everyone who participated, even if I didn’t single you out here. We had a whole bunch more great entries that were just as worthy. Unfortunately, we only have two copies to give away, and it would be redundant of me to just re-quote everyone for Honorable Mentions.
If you didn’t win this one, don’t worry. We’ll have more contests coming up soon!