For a man who only recently joined Twitter, Joss Whedon sure has plenty of opinions on pop culture worth sharing. He recently threw his support behind the casting of Batfleck, and earlier this week expressed his disappointment with the ending of The Empire Strikes Back to Entertainment Weekly.
Well, it’s not an ending. It’s a Come Back Next Week, or in three years. And that upsets me. I go to movies expecting to have a whole experience. If I want a movie that doesn’t end I’ll go to a French movie. That’s a betrayal of trust to me. A movie has to be complete within itself, it can’t just build off the first one or play variations.
Now, while again speaking with EW (via HuffPo), Whedon reveals his issue with another sequel, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. The scene in question has Indy confronting two swordsman, reaching for his gun, but oh! the gun’s not there! Cut to Harrison Ford realizing he can’t beat these guys in the same manner he did that one swordsman in the now famous scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark. Which, when you think about it, doesn’t make a whole lot of sense because, chronologically, Temple occurs before Raiders, so what the hell is Ford’s all-knowing, cheesy grin referencing?
And thus we come to Whedon’s issue,
You know that thing in Temple of Doom where they revisit the shooting trick?… That’s what you don’t want. And I feel that’s what all of culture is becoming — it’s becoming that moment.
It’s a moment that not only takes you out of the movie, but doesn’t really have a point other than to prove to the audience, quite blatantly too, that the thing they did the first time was really cool, wasn’t it? And how is that serving the story? It isn’t, which is why Whedon has the right of it. We don’t need movies to wink and nod at us. If we got it the first time, we’ll get it again.
A lot of recent popcorn flicks have been capitalizing on “that moment”, but they’re doing so without the necessary build up. It’s what was wrong with the third act of Star Trek Into Darkness, too much reliance on the audience’s love of Wrath of Khan and not enough development on their own characters’ relationships. And it’s something I fear will happen in Warner Bros.’ Batman vs. Superman, all bang with no buildup to make it mean anything. io9 has a wonderful write-up about just this topic called “The Problem of Premature Nerdgasms” you should definitely check out.
But back to Whedon, do you agree with his analysis? I’m hoping this means he’ll avoid anything like this as he follows up The Avengers.
Source: Cinema Blend