Me and My Nine Iron

September 19, 2012

Movies and real life

Filed under: For your pleasure — BJ @ 9:58 pm
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I imagine a filmmaker would think twice about shooting something that is very sensitive to the state of the current events. (Unless your name is Sam Bacile.) But finished movies are a whole different story, and for that reason, unless we’re talking 9/11, current events should not be the reason to delay the release, change the title or cut a scene in a finished movie.

At the end of the day, Hollywood is still a business trying to sell a product, and maybe more importantly, movies are permanent and for them to change because of something that happened in the news that won’t hold up in history like the movie itself is a calamity.

The most unfortunate timing has changed two movies this year that should be remembered as something else: The Watch and Gangster Squad.

The Watch

The change: Originally titled Neighborhood Watch.

The news: Trayvon Martin gets shot to death in a gated community where the neighborhood watch coordinator had a fatal encounter with him.

The verdict: There weren’t any other changes to the film or its release date because the movie was not about a Hispanic man killing a black kid in mysterious conditions. It was about a group of guys fending off aliens. Should’ve left the title, which was released five months after the incident.

Gangster Squad

The change: An integral scene where the characters shoot submachine guns at moviegoers through a theater screen, and in order for a recut/reshoot, consequently, the release date from September 7, 2012 to January 11, 2013.

The news: The Aurora shooting, where the killer fired at moviegoers during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises.

The verdict: Originally scheduled to be released a month and a half after the incident, a damn shame a movie had to be changed because of something that happened right before it was going to come out. I say push the release date, keep the setting, as they’re keeping the shooting and considering moving the movie theater setting.

(2:00 – 2:09)

I’m surprised they didn’t change Premium Rush (2:16) because of a fatal car accident with a bike where the driver was drunk or something.

But maybe because the media didn’t give it national attention.



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