Random Factoid #337

30 06 2010

I love a good surprise.

Some of my favorite movies are ones with twist endings.  It’s always such a thrilling feeling to be headed one direction for an entire movie and then have filmmakers pull the rug out from under you.  We celebrate plot twists, and they have made two directors with huge movies coming out in July – M. Night Shyamalan and Christopher Nolan.

But as I watched “Memento,” which I knew had a plot twist, I felt strange.  I was expecting the unexpected, which obviously makes the twist much more … expected and less effective.

Ditto for “The Sixth Sense,” which did actually get me though, and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” whose plot twist I managed to call because I knew it was coming.

So is it really fair for us as bloggers to say that a movie has a twist?  Do we rob the thrill from the next moviegoer, who would be caught much more off-guard had they not been alerted?

Should I have even mentioned “Memento” and the movies that I did?


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30 06 2010
Darren

I don’t know. mentioning a movie has a twist puts potential readers on guard should they watch the film, but all of those are movies known for their twists, so I doubt any real harm was done (plus, you didn’t give away any, so that’s y’know… good).

I called the ending to the Sixth Sense. I’m actually really proud of that. And The Village
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(from the fact he used a tombstone to date the action, which is a sure giveaway he didn’t want to put the date on screen in any fashion which made it an objective fact).

30 06 2010
CMrok93

I don’t think it’s wrong to say there is one, because usually in all the world of film, somebody will say that there is a twist.

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