It rarely happens that a film really deserves the title “perfect”.
While the term is used a lot in the world of cinema, how many films actually manage to last two hours without a single questionable bar?
Not too much.
Even great movies sometimes have a scene that doesn’t sound entirely true, or a subplot that makes your attention wander a bit.
Out of war of stars: A new hope to Martin Scorsese The Irishmanthere are plenty of standout movies that could almost have been derailed by a bum note.
See below for The Independent‘s list of 11 bad scenes that almost jeopardized otherwise brilliant movies.
You can also click here to read The Independent‘s list of 23 secretly amazing performances in otherwise bad movies.
10 Cloverfield Lane
For most of its lifespan 10 Cloverfield Lane is a tight-knit, riveting psychological thriller starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead as a young woman trapped in an underground bunker with John Goodman and John Gallagher Jr. While she’s told that the world above has been decimated by an alien attack, we never know if Goodman’s mischief is Vault Dweller Telling The Truth. Until the end when the movie suddenly turns into a full blown disaster movie. It’s a good watch nonetheless, but one almost derailed by the unnecessarily literal ending.
OK, the problems with American sniper Go deeper than just a duff scene. But for all its questionable politics, Clint Eastwood’s hit 2014 war drama was a slick, well-made film — with one shockingly amateurish moment. The scene in which Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller converse while holding a transparent, unmistakably fake baby was ridiculed upon the film’s release and nagged by many.
Django Unchained is a film with some truly remarkable achievements. There’s Christoph Waltz’ bounty hunter dentist (a role that earned him a second Oscar), Leonardo DiCaprio’s hideous Calvin Candy, and at the heart of it all, a rarely better Jamie Foxx. But there’s one clear black sheep among the cast: Quentin Tarantino himself, who plays an Australian slave trader. The director is awful – so awful that if he had been on screen for more than a short while the whole film would have been in jeopardy.
Jurassic Park III
Although it was obviously never going to be a patch for the original, Jurassic Park III was a thoroughly entertaining dinosaur romp that brings all three Jurassic world movies too bad. Except, remember that scene with the talking velociraptor? It turned out to be a dream sequence, of course, but the brief moment of dino chatter was so goofy you couldn’t help but be taken out of the experience.
Kingsman: The Secret Service
there was something king man that really struck a chord with viewers; His bombastic, far-fetched take on the spy genre seemed to evoke a bygone James Bond era. The film leaned heavily towards comedy throughout, but the very last scene – which contains a crude joke about anal sex – left many with a sour taste in their mouths.
The latest movie from It will be blood Maestro Paul Thomas Anderson proved quite divisive; for some it was a work of sheer genius, for others an uncomfortable endorsement of an improper relationship. However, pretty much everyone agreed on one thing. A scene starring John Michael Higgins as a white restaurant owner speaking to his wife in a grotesquely caricatured Japanese accent — intended as lighthearted anti-racist satire — landed like a lead balloon, driving some viewers away from the film entirely.
Let the right one in
Scandinavian coming-of-age horror Let the right one in featured some pretty impressive visual effects in many of its scenes – with one glaring exception. A sequence in which Virginia (Ika Nord) is attacked by a room full of cats is rendered with such shaky CGI that it feels like some absurd, cheesy comedy. Thankfully, it doesn’t distract from the rest of the film, which lasts as an uncanny delight.
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
the return of the King was an undeniably magnificent epic, filled with memorable set pieces and moments of genuine fantasy awe. But the last half hour? I’m not sure. The film’s cheesy epilogue was five times too long and dramatically sluggish – the scene of Frodo lying in bed greeting his comrades one by one is enough to have even the most staunch Tolkien fan checking his watch.
war of stars
The re-release of the 1997 Special Edition Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, quickly became infamous among longtime fans of the franchise thanks in large part to one scene. With just a minor editing change, George Lucas managed to stop Han Solo (Harrison Ford) from shooting the whimsical alien Greedo before he could shoot him first. At that moment, a supposedly important part of character development was lost. The controversial scene would spark a dispute that raged among Star Wars fans for decades.
The Dark Knight rises
Christopher Nolan’s sequel to the well-loved superhero thriller The dark knight was notably less well received than its predecessor, and with good reason. But for most of its lifetime, The dark knight is still a captivating, spectacle-driven romp. Unfortunately, the character of Talia al Ghul (Marion Cotillard) never quite came together, and her limp, head-rolling death scene provoked more laughs than gasps.
Martin Scorsese’s 2018 gangster elegy was a slow-burning masterpiece, reuniting the director with Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci and marking his first collaboration with Al Pacino. The actors were digitally rejuvenated for much of the film to portray their characters at different stages in their lives. It more or less worked – but a scene where a seemingly youthful De Niro beats up the man who was pushing his daughter was too much for the digital effects. There’s no denying that De Niro moves and fights like a man in his 70s. In a movie full of great, moving moments, this one was awkward to watch.