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We all did it, of course. Chosen a cheesy blockbuster for its perceived flaws. He made holes in a sloppy plot logic. He proposed another ending that would have made a lot more sense.
The fact is, however, that we are often not as smart as we think we are. Often movies are simply more interested in telling a story than protecting themselves from pedants.
Sometimes, even widely circulated complaints are completely fatuous. People watch Titanic, for example, and ask why Leonardo DiCaprio didn’t just jump out the door along with Kate Winslet in the end. That’s enough to make you want to scream, “That’s not how buoyancy works!”
But sometimes, the plot holes are so striking that you can’t let them go. These are the ones that really stay in your mind and leave you looking for any kind of plausible explanation.
Some of the best movies ever made were still prone to contain some bewildering plot holes, from Citizen Kane to Back to the Future. No matter what defenses people evoke, there is always an annoying feeling that never completely disappears.
Here are 15 of the biggest plot holes in popular movies …
Frank Darabont’s prison drama features a famous twist, in which it is revealed that an unfairly imprisoned Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) has sneaked out of Shawshank Prison, hiding his escape route with a Rita Hayworth poster. But how did he manage to reattach the bottom of the poster after he left it?
The child of karate
In the final act of the 80s classic The child of karate, Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) beat his rival Johnny Lawrence (Billy Zabka) with a sensational kick to the head. However, at the start of the fight it was determined that headshots were not allowed under the tournament rules, meaning that LaRusso should have been disqualified. It’s a plot hole that got teased in the recent sequel series, Cobra Kai.
Much of the former Toy Story revolves around Buzz Lightyear’s (Tim Allen) refusal to accept that it is, in fact, a children’s toy. If so, though, why would he pretend to be dead every time a human enters the room? It’s a plot hole that has been questioned by fans for years, and no explanation is ever satisfying enough.
Great science fiction hit of the nineties Armageddon featured a plot hole so striking that it was ridiculed by Ben Affleck in the film’s DVD commentary: With Earth in grave danger, NASA decides to train a group of exercise workers as astronauts, a long, expensive (and, in reality, impossible), rather than training existing astronauts to use the drill. “I asked [director Michael Bay] because it was easier to train oil drillers to become astronauts than to train astronauts to become oil drillers, “Affleck said in the commentary.” He told me to shut up, so that was the end of that talk. “
Back to the Future
Finding holes in Robert Zemeckis’ timeless time travel perhaps goes against the foolish spirit of the film. But it’s hard to get over one lingering quibble: Why wouldn’t Marty McFly’s parents notice that their son looked identical to the weird and charismatic teenager who once framed them? Even if you accept that it’s been decades since they last saw his face, it’s hard to believe they wouldn’t notice the disturbing similarities.
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Near the end of Peter Jackson’s nearly 10-hour fantasy trilogy, an all-powerful deus ex machina arrives, as the forces of good are saved by the arrival of the Great Eagles. But the scene left many viewers wondering: why couldn’t the Eagles simply have given everyone a ride to Mordor in the first place? The apparent plot hole has spawned endless debates among Middle-earth fanatics, with counter-arguments digging deep into the eagle lore to disprove its merits. But the fact remains that for the everyday viewer this was an incredibly simple solution that everyone on the screen ignored.
Even an immortal film like Citizen Kane has its weaknesses – and the iconic opening scene is one of them. As Charles Foster Kane dies alone in his bedroom, he utters the enigmatic word: “Rosebud”. The word becomes a riddle that journalists are quick to decipher. The only problem? There was no one around to hear that.
The beauty and the Beast
The titular beast in this classic Disney cartoon is shown to be on the pinnacle of his 21st birthday; this is when the spell becomes permanent. Still, one of the songs suggests that he lived like a beast for a full decade, which means he was cursed when he was still a pre-teen. This not only raises many questions about the circumstances that led to the curse, but also directly contradicts the portrait we see of the beast when he was a human and looked very adult.
In this Marvel whim, it is repeatedly claimed that Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) maintains his life-sized mass whenever he shrinks down to the size of an ant. It is what allows him to beat people while he is small. But that raises a whole load of inconsistencies about how Ant-Man interacts with the world, not least when his human-sized mass can be carried around on the back of an ant the size of an ant.
The butterfly effect
This ill-received thriller starring Ashton Kutcher has been pretty solid in its understanding of the butterfly effect in places, showing how small changes at a moment in time can have far-reaching consequences. There have been mistakes, however, like the moment when Kutcher’s character goes back in time to stab his childhood self through his hands, which led to him in the exact same adult circumstance, only with scars on his hands. The idea that the experience would not have a greater effect on a young life is, frankly, absurd and contrasts with much of what the rest of the film is trying to say.
M Night Shyamalan’s 2021 sci-fi drama, about a beach that makes people age quickly, was twisted, fun, and original. It’s a small shame, then, that the film’s ending hinges on one of the most bizarre plot gimmicks of recent years. Shyamalan’s character, tasked with remotely monitoring beach victims, decides to pack up and leave when the last two people have only dived under the water for a couple of minutes, apparently deciding that no one could survive that long. After watching them for many hours, he suddenly couldn’t waste another minute to make sure? It’s a hilarious moment in a film that is otherwise an inspiring and deeply disturbing watch.
Star Wars: The awakening of the force
Over the course of its dozen odd-numbered films, the Star Wars franchise has boasted its fair share of plot holes and unintentional Easter eggs, albeit sometime in 2015. The force awakens he had fans particularly in arms. When Rey (Daisy Ridley) and her gang return from the Starkiller base after Han Solo’s death, General Leia (Carrie Fisher) rushes in to give her a sad and pained hug, completely ignoring Chewbacca, her friend for decades. and former confidant of Han. . Out with the old man, I suppose.
The dark knight is resurrected
Even though the film had its ardent defenders, there was a lot about the 2012 Christopher Nolan trilogy The dark knight is resurrected which just looked a little raw. Whether it was the entire police force that was lured underground and trapped, or the fact that internationally acclaimed billionaire Bruce Wayne was able to fake his death and live his life without being recognized, the plot holes were like that. deep in this film that you could follow them to the batcave.
After T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) is nearly killed in a confrontation with Erik Kilmonger (Michael B Jordan), he lands in a river and floats downstream until he is dragged out of the water by a fisherman. However, we later learn that the tribe that discovers this is vegetarian, so what are they fishing for?
A quiet place
While it is arguably one of the best studio horror in recent years, A quiet place was mocked for some of his little touches, like the blackboard with “How many in the area ??” scribbled in huge letters. A rather noticeable plot hole comes in the middle of the film, when the family goes to a nearby waterfall and they are able to scream at each other without the noise being detected by the crash of the water. Any reasonable person would look at it and walk away … why not approach the waterfall? Some people just like the quiet, I guess.
This article was originally published in May 2022