If you watch movies with any regularity, you have realized that some movies just aren’t that great. Well, let’s be honest, some movies siphon (that’s a nicer way of saying they suck). Perhaps it is inevitable. As the great philosophers Beavis & Butt-head once said, “You have to have stuff that sucks so you can tell the stuff that’s cool.” As crazy as it sounds, there’s some sense to that. If everything was at the same quality level, nothing would stand out as exceptional. But I think there are exceptions to that. For example, there are some things that are just always cool when done right in a movie, like explosions, car chases, incredible wrecks, massive destruction, tanks, powerful weapons (like rocket launchers, grenade launchers, flamethrowers, etc), Chuck Norris, Mr. T, etc.
What got me to thinking about this was a discussion that restarted at one of our popular posts: I want a tank to drive around town. A couple of movies were referenced that have tank chases in them. I’ve seen the one in Goldeneye (a James Bond movie), and I could watch it over and over because it’s so awesome. Thomas Wayne said this about tank chases:
Seems like more movie directors would find a way to work it in. I know, it may not seem to fit in all movies, but when you have full access to the script, you can make it fit! Well, perhaps not everyone has the creative prowess of yours truly, but the movie studios could submit it to Buffet o’ Blog and collectively we could make any movie awesome! 🙂
I have to agree — we could make any movie awesome. Just look at our free-for-all stories. So much creativity and humor and action — something for everyone. So I started wondering if it would indeed be possible to make any movie awesome by making a few modifications to the script. For instance, if a movie was getting too bogged down with depressing emotional scenes, just have someone pull out a flamethrower and add a few explosions, or have Mr. T come in and talk some sense to them, or have someone drive a tank through the room. (Or even better, have some crazy amalgamation of all that — Mr. T driving a tank into the room, jumping out, yelling at some stupid people, punching a few folks, then taking a flamethrower to the place, resulting in massive explosions!) Surely that would make the movie better! And of course it would add value to the movie, therefore viewers wouldn’t think they were getting ripped off by high ticket prices. So it becomes a win-win situation.
So the next time you’re watching a TV show or movie that starts getting boring and you can’t change the channel or leave, think about what could be done to make the movie better. Just imagine how one of these scenarios would improve the movie. And if you come up with some awesome ideas we haven’t mentioned yet, tell us about it in a comment to this post. Or add it to our current free-for-all story (the first story at the link above). Anyone can contribute to those, and the rules are simple. (And you can subscribe to just that post, so you’ll automatically receive the next chapter via e-mail. It’s a guaranteed good time!)