It may be impossible to execute a perfect plot twist that no viewer sees coming, but the best plot twists at least take most viewers by surprise. There’s an art to having just the right amount of foreshadowing and clues to make sense of a surprising plot development in hindsight, but not so much that it becomes too obvious what the twist will be long before it happens. it does happen.
Unfortunately, some movie twists like The dark knight rises and Joker cannot be included among those that shocked the public. It’s safe to say that most viewers saw these twists happen, whether it was because the foreshadowing was too strong, there was no other logical explanation, or the pre-release marketing had some. too revealed.
The following article contains spoilers from the films discussed.
‘The Dark Knight Rises’ (2012) – The Identity of Miranda Tate
For all the defects of The dark knight rises—the third film of by Christophe Nolan Black Knight trilogy – it at least tied in well with the first film in the trilogy, batman begins. The black Knight looks like its own independent film, in many ways, with The dark knight rises reintroducing the League of Shadows from Beginwho seek revenge for the death of their leader, Ra’s al Ghul.
Still, the plot twist of the blandly suspiciously named “Miranda Tate” being the daughter of Ra’s al Ghul seems a bit too obvious. The character never really had a direct role in the story until the plot twist at the end of the film, and the kid escaping from prison (implied to be Bane at the start) has the air of a woman (especially nowadays, since Joey King became better known as an actress since 2012). Likewise, the revelation at the end of the film that Joseph Gordon-LevittThe character’s first name is Robin isn’t too surprising, but at least it’s more of a reference than a plot-related twist.
‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ (2013) – Khan’s Twist
Star Trek Into Darkness followed that of 2009 star trek, which was something of a reboot for the franchise. This 2009 film mostly felt like its own thing, but with In darknessmore inspiration was taken directly from a previous film: namely, 1982 Star Trek II: Wrath of Khanwhich is one of the most popular star trek films and a sequel that was hugely praised in general, and considered an improvement over the original film that it followed.
The temptation to incorporate a new version of that film’s villain, Khan, seemed too great for In darkness’ writers. They also had the charismatic and sinister character (when he wants to be)Benedict Cumberbatch available to them, which suited a smart, ruthless, and calculating villain like Khan so well that many understood his generic name of “John Harrison” to be just an attempt at misdirection. Likewise, because Spock’s death in Khan’s Wrath was ultimately not permanent, many were not surprised when Kirk’s “death” in In darkness was only temporary.
‘Alien: Covenant’ (2017) – David replacing Walter
Alien: Pact was the sequel to Prometheusa film that was billed as a prequel to Extraterrestrial, even though it felt weird and unique enough to be its own thing. Still, with fans split on whether they wanted the show, over how much of a ‘traditional’ it should look like. Extraterrestrial film, Commitment went back to the series’ roots in many ways. It received criticism regardless – some of it fair and some not so much.
Still, the “back to basics” nature of the film may have been one thing that made it a little more predictable and familiar. The movie tries to have a twisted ending where it turns out an android wasn’t what it seemed, like Michael Fassbender play both. It turns out the badder of the two murdered, the kinder off-screen and “assumed” his identity, but having two identical characters with different intentions made it more of a fatality rather than a shocking twist. events.
‘Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones’ (2002) – The Villainy of Count Dooku
Count Dooku is now well known as one of the main antagonists of the star wars prequels, being something of Palpatine’s right-hand man and helping to orchestrate events that would eventually bring down the Jedi Order, leading to the rise of the Empire.
But in 2002, the year of Attack of the Clones’ version, there was still some (intentional) mystery surrounding the character. Although he seems somewhat sleazy, he is not confirmed to be a Sith Lord until later in the film. Still, it always seemed pretty obvious that he would turn evil, mostly because the actor took on the role of Dooku—Christopher Lee—was well known for his villainous roles, due to his intense acting style, screen presence, and deep voice.
‘Joker’ (2019) – The Imagined Relationship
How do you manage to subvert audience expectations when making a movie about the Joker, one of the most popular villains in the history of fiction? Even people who aren’t huge Batman fans know a lot about the character, as he had been portrayed on screen several times before 2019 Joker.
Although the film itself was a fresh (and dark) take on the comic book genre, its plot was far from original or surprising. Still, Joaquin PhoenixThe performance of, the film’s appearance, and its simple origin story of Arthur Fleck’s transformation into the Joker was enough for many viewers. All of this perhaps makes the obvious revelation that Sophie – one of Arthur’s neighbors – was never really romantically interested in the lonely, troubled Arthur somewhat forgivable.
‘Blade Runner 2049’ (2017) – Deckard’s Return
Granted, the obvious nature of this plotline wasn’t the film’s fault. Instead, marketing squandered the revelation that Harrison Ford would appear in Blade Runner 2049reprising his role from the 1982 original.
Given that Ford is still a big name player, and blade runneris one of his most famous roles, we can understand why it was included in trailers and put on all the posters. But at the same time, he only appears in the final third of the film, and much of the film is spent trying to find out if he’s still alive. His first scene is also shot as a dramatic reveal, and it would have been fantastic had his inclusion in the film been a surprise. The “spoiler” may make sense from a marketing standpoint, but from an artistic standpoint, it detracted from the quality of the film.
‘Captain America: The Winter Solider’ (2014) – The Winter Soldier’s True Identity
It would never be easy for those behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier to properly execute the twist surrounding who is the Winter Soldier. It was like an open secret that it was Bucky, given Sebastian Stan plays both “characters”, with his appearance as the Winter Soldier doing little to hide his identity.
It may still be shocking due to its impact on Steve Rogers, but viewers themselves shouldn’t be too shocked by Bucky and the Winter Soldier Become One. Luckily, another plot twist in the movie involving HYDRA, a fascist paramilitary organization in the MCU, hits harder and seems genuinely surprising, so maybe the “mystery” around the Winter Soldier was just that. a distraction for that other twist to hit harder.
‘Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens’ (2015) – Kylo Ren’s Parents
With JJ Abrams be the director behind 2015 the force awakens, it’s no surprise that the film attempted to build up a few mysteries and had a handful of reveals. After all, Abrams’ name has become synonymous with twists and turns, for better or for worse.
It’s hard to say now exactly how much Kylo Ren’s revelation (Adam Driver) – the film’s villain – was related to Han Solo and Princess Leia was supposed to be. star wars loves his family drama and dramatic revelations about unexpected parents, after all, even though the force awakens doesn’t reveal the truth about Kylo Ren right away, the reveal itself isn’t terribly surprising.
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