In nearly every film ever made and recorded in the Halls of Cinema (that’s not a real place but wouldn’t be cool if it was?) there is at least one element of story that is completely unbelievable. I’m not even talking about giant robots, super powers or things of that nature, no I’m talking about the grounded/real life un-believe-ablilty. Things like running head shots, non-fatal car crashes and hell, even love stories.
I’m sure if you were to take any part of any story line out of the movie and set it on its own in the real world, the end result would probably be bland, awkward and even stupid.
Considering the above, should the question be asked, “Why, if its not real and we don’t believe it, does it seem passable and forgivable in movies?“, the answer should be a no brainer. Simple fact is that things in real life aren’t exciting enough to play out on screen without some alterations, fabrications and enhancements. In the Arnold Schwarzenegger film Last Action Hero (which was in itself written to satirize the unrealistic elements in films) here’s a brief look at the unbelievable and creative ways Arnold takes out baddies:
Now the fact that people have thoughts/opinions and likes/dislikes means that what one person looks for in film is bound to be different from the next. Some people like certain genres, others enjoy the action or star power in a movie, others may just enjoy the film as entertainment or a distraction as a whole. Either way, movies mean different things to each of us. But do you, as fans, look to be entertained (checking your brain at the door or forgiving the films’ unbelievable nature/elements) or do you search for the realism of film?
In my opinion, simple, legendary films like The Third Man, Casablanca, Rashamon had a sense that you were right there and it was happening around you because it was so grounded. Basically, aside from being out of our present time, it still felt very real. Mainly because of the way people spoke and acted seemed like the ways the general public would react in the same situation – not the way a script made someone react. Movies today seem to have the characters relate to one another and their environment in ways that are obviously not instinctive or natural.
Perfect example, this scene in Hitch:
What is that point where she’ll be completely put off by his advances and most likely never talk to him again? In the film world he can pursue her to the point most women would label him an obsessive stalker, yet he tries just enough that she falls in love with him…or is simply won over by how pitiful he’s become. In the real world it’d be bland, awkward and even stupid, and she may press charges or file for a restraining order.
So that’s my brief thoughts on the matter. Call me weird but I can believe a story about cyborgs from the year 2029, or one about a group of kids who battle time traveling monsters from Transylvania, but I do have a problems with the unrealistic content in nearly all rom-coms. So I’ll ask you at home. What is simply unbelievable or “too much” for you all and what elements would take you out of the movie if you saw it on screen??