Although they have the best intentions, a movie executive and a screenwriter make terrible decisions while planning popular films.
About a decade after the acclaimed Lord of the Rings trilogy, Hollywood decided it was time for another trilogy set in Middle Earth. But this time, they only had one book to base it on. Well, with a lot of padding, they managed to make it work. Kind of. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies raises a lot of questions. Like why did they put the end of the Desolation of Smaug at the beginning of this movie? What’s up with Thorin suddenly being sick and a jerk? Why do the elves hold off on their attack when it’s literally thousands of them versus a dozen dwarves? Where did those worms come from and where did they go? Why are we spending so much time with Alfrid? What was the point of that whole Gandalf storyline? How is Legolas moving like that?
With movies like Spider-Man: Homecoming, Spider-Man Into The Spider-Verse and even the Spider-Man video game on PS4, it’s safe to say that Spider-Man is still as popular today as it was back when Tobey Maguire was playing the web slinger. Spider-Man 2 is seen by many as the best Spider-Man movie ever made, or even to some the best SUPERHERO movie ever made. That being said, the movie does raise a couple of questions. Like how is Peter Parker poor? What’s up with Doc Ock’s super public experiments? Why does he want to steal money instead of parts?
The Marvel Cinematic Universe dominated the box office for more than a decade, and now it’s trying to bring that success to the small screen with some MCU shows on Disney+, the first of which is WandaVision-- a strange sitcom starring Wanda Maximoff and The Vision… who… isn’t supposed to be alive. WandaVision raises a lot of questions. Like will we ever be able to hear the words “Please Stand By” the same way again? Are viewers too obsessed with fan theories? What was with all the Mephisto hype and the aerospace engineer? Why bring Evan Peters over from the X-Men movies just to make a dirty joke? Did this interesting conceptual show really have to end with a CGI battle and sky beams? How did Agatha All Along, a song in which a witch sings about killing a dog, reach the top of the itunes charts?!
Game of Thrones is one of the most popular TV dramas of all time, and fans were pumped to see what the creators had in store for its final season. However after a few episodes, GoT fans started to have some questions about the way D.B. Weiss and David Benioff were wrapping up their favorite show. Like what’s up with Daenerys becoming pure evil so quickly? Why isn’t anyone talking about Jon being the rightful heir to the throne? Was that really the end of the Night King? Are scorpions more powerful, or are dragons?
After many years of development, Shazam has joined the DCEU! Billy Batson gets chosen by a wizard to take on the mantle of Shazam and develops the ability to turn into a full-grown superhero. The movie is a ton of fun, but definitely raises a lot of questions. Like what’s up with the bullies being absolute psychopaths? Why is the villain so generic? Why was it so easy for Billy’s mom to just abandon him? Why was the Shazam family so good with their powers?!
Ridley Scott’s Alien franchise is a classic in the world of sci-fi and horror. So like all things that were successful at a certain point in time, Hollywood decided to bring it back in the past decade. Alien: Covenant hit theatres in 2017 and was a follow-up to Prometheus, while also being kind of a sequel to Alien and Aliens? It’s a little blurry. Alien: Covenant definitely raises some questions. Like why is James Franco in this? Why are some significant scenes on the internet instead of in the movie? Why isn’t anyone wearing protective gear on an alien planet? How does everyone not see how obviously evil David is? Why did that girl lock her friend in a room with an alien, only to go in a few seconds later after the alien got her? Why does David think that Xenomorphs are so perfect?
Star Wars is one of the most beloved franchises in the world. But between the first and second movie, when nobody really knew what it was going to be-- they tried to capitalize on the success of A New Hope while working on Empire Strikes Back. That attempt took the form of the Star Wars Holiday Special, a made-for-TV movie that’s set in the Star Wars universe and featured Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, and Chewbacca’s family. Okay, MOSTLY Chewbacca’s family actually. The special raises a ton of questions- like why isn’t Luke blinking? Why does Chewbacca’s family have so many screens? How are they accessing live feeds of private establishments? Why did do the bad guys watch a full Jefferson Starship music video? Why is Bea Arthur here and why is she singing? What’s up with that weird virtual reality fantasy lady? And most importantly WHAT IS GOING ON?!
The internet had a ton of fun when the first trailer for CATS was released, revealing the true fear that is digital fur technology. With an all-star cast featuring the likes of Judi Dench, Ian McKellan, Idris Elba, Taylor Swift, James Corden, Rebel Wilson and more- CATS is the big screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Now that the movie is out, the few people that paid money to see it probably have a few questions. Like what is “Jellicle” and why do they keep saying it?! What’s up with all these cats introducing themselves and then leaving. Why are some cats magic and others not? Why are all these cats competing in a singing competition where the prize is dying?
In the early 1990’s, Mario and Luigi were all the rage. The Nintendo video game franchise had become a massive worldwide phenomenon, so it only made sense for Hollywood to try and cash in on it. The Super Mario Bros movie was the first movie based on a video game ever made, and it did not exactly inspire confidence in the genre. Starring Bob Hoskins, John Leguizamo, Dennis Hopper and Samantha Mathis, the movie is completely bonkers and raises a whole lot of questions. Like how did dinosaurs also evolve into humans? Why do none of the characters have anything to do with their video game counterparts? Why did they go all-in on the plumbing aspect? Why does President Koopa not just go through the portal? How did they think this would get a SEQUEL?!
Indiana Jones is one of the most iconic movie characters of all time. Along with his role as Han Solo, playing Indy is one of the defining works of Harrison Ford’s long career. So, in an age of constant reboots and sequels, it was kind of inevitable that Hollywood wanted to bring Indiana Jones back to the big screen. And with George Lucas and Steven Spielberg both on board, this had the makings of something great! Unfortunately yeah no it didn’t work out that way. The movie definitely raises some questions. Like why are we focusing on aliens? Why do the good guys and the bad guys have the same goal? How did they think the nuke fridge scene was a good idea? How does Shia Laboeuf befriend monkeys so quickly and swing through the jungle faster than speeding vehicles? Why did the FBI decide to stop investigating Doctor Jones despite absolutely nothing changing from their perspective? What’s going on with Cate Blanchett’s voice?
With the massive success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s understandable that every movie studio under the sun wanted to create cinematic universes of their very own. For Universal, that attempt came in the form of the Dark Universe. It didn’t work out. Even with a superstar like Tom Cruise in the forefront, the movie raises a ton of questions. Like why did Princess Ahmanet need help from Set, the god of death, to take out a baby and a sleeping dude? How are two known artifact thieves still in the military? What exactly are the Mummy’s powers? Why is Doctor Jekyll so reckless with his Mr Hyde medicine? Why does Prodigium make it so simple for people to escape? Why hasn’t anyone destroyed the dagger or the stone? To answer all these questions and more, step inside the pitch meeting that led to The Mummy! It’ll be super easy, barely an inconvenience.
In these strange and uncertain times, the world has gathered their TV’s and smart devices to collectively watch the weird antics of eccentric zoo owner Joe Exotic in Netflix’s massive hit true crime series Tiger King. The series definitely raises a ton of questions. Like does Joe Exotic actually sing his songs? What made him think he could become President of the United States? How does he keep meeting new husbands? How does a tiger attack barely register as something of note in this show? How is literal Scarface one of the most relatable characters? Why does Jeff Lowe dress like that, and why does everyone call him Jeff Lowe? Did Carol Baskin feed her husband to some tigers? Why can’t we stop watching this show?!
2017’s Justice League was a critical flop, and fans were pretty upset with how the movie turned out. Over the years that followed, they worked hard to create a movement online to get Warner Bros to “Release the Snyder Cut” which, after tons of buzz, they finally did. Zack Synder’s cut of Justice League definitely raises some questions though. Like why do three of the Justice League members now have to deal with car and boat accidents? What’s with the ancient lamentation music that plays anytime Wonder Woman does anything? Why did she blow up a guy in front of a bunch of children? Why is this four hours long? Why did that woman sniff Aquaman’s sweater like that? Why does Martian Manhunter keep popping up at weird times?
JJ Abrams’ 2009 reboot of Star Trek on the big screen was a massive blockbuster hit, and you know what that means… sequel! Star Trek Into Darkness was the follow-up movie that continued the adventures of the Starship Enterprise and brought along Benedict Cumberbatch for the ride-- who they tried very hard to pretend wasn’t playing Khan. Star Trek Into Darkness raises a lot of questions. Like why did both Marcus and Khan have such convoluted plans to get what they wanted? Why did Alice Eve’s character need to be shown in her underwear? Why did they decide to swap Spock’s sacrifice for a Kirk sacrifice? How does kicking a warp core a bunch of times fix it? Why would Khan think that torpodeos would be a safe place for his family? How are people beaming to other planets and beaming explosives to other ships? How is there any tension when SUPER-BLOOD exists?!
Back to the Future, starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Llyod as Marty McFly and Doctor Emmett Brown is an absolute cinematic classic and regarded as one of the best movies of all time. It spawned two sequels, countless memes, and remains an incredibly popular film to this day. Back to the Future does raise some questions though. Like how is Doc Brown so lovable while also being so sketchy (animal testing, dealing with terrorists...) Why is this movie so focused on Marty’s mom trying to seduce him? Is this really a family movie? How did Doc and Marty even meet? Why did Doc flip-flop on his passionate speech about not learning things about the future? What happened to the Marty from the new timeline that “our” Marty replaces?!Watch Now:Amazon
The people at Pixar are master storytellers, and in recent years have been tackling some increasingly mature themes with movies like Inside Out and Coco. Their latest movie, Soul, starring Jamie Foxx and Tina Fey, tackles the subject of what happens to the soul after we die. These are still kid’s movies, right? Soul does raise some questions though. Like what kind of injury did Joe sustain when he fell into the manhole? How is his body totally fine when he jumps back into it later? Why aren’t any of the other souls freaking out about their deaths? Is Joe really the first one to freak out and push on the wall a little? What happened to the soul of the doctor he impersonated? Or the cat for that matter? What kind of a message is that ending sending? Why is Marie Antoinette only a floating head?Watch Now:Amazon
After several superhero movies and lots of heated discussions online, Zack Snyder is returning to the genre that helped launch his directing career: zombies. Army of the Dead (not a sequel to Dawn of the Dead) is definitely not going to be as controversial as his DC films, but is it a better movie? Army of the Dead definitely raises some questions. Like is everything so blurry? Why did Tanaka plan a fake heist when he could have just hired them for the thing he really wanted? Why are some zombies robots?! Why does everyone let Martin roam around free when they all suspect he’s up to something. Why didn’t Martin leave once he had what he came for and was standing by the exit? How were they planning on transporting all that cash? How did the Alpha catch up to their helicopter on a horse?
Dominic Toretto is back, baby! For the ninth time! He’s in his fifties now! The Fast and Furious franchise, which began as a movie about underground street racing is back with an entry which literally goes to space. And Vin Diesel swings a car from a rope like Tarzan. Also, the title is F9, for some reason! F9: The Fast Saga definitely raises some questions. Like how did Mr Nobody actually make it seem like Han died, specifically? How do none of these thousands of bullets have any impact on any of the main characters? Why does illegal street racing lead to people have such incredible international spy skills? How did Jakob Toretto grow so much in his early twenties? How has Dom the family man never mention the fact that he has a literal brother? Why is Cardi B here?! To answer all these questions and more, step inside the Pitch Meeting that led to F9: The Fast Saga ! It’ll be super easy, barely an inconvenience.
After the success of The Sixth Sense, M. Night Shyamalan was being called “the next Spielberg.” Now, a few decades into his career and a few movies like “The Last Airbender” and “The Happening” under his belt-- he hasn’t really delivered the same level of classics as Spielberg. But, twenty years later, he’s still making films. And Old is one of them. So here we are. OLD definitely raises some questions. Like how has nobody looked into the resort where hundreds of people disappear? Why did they use a famous rapper as a test subject if they’re trying to lay low? If dead cells aren’t affected by the beach, why did Mid-Sized Sedan’s girlfriend decompose so quicky? Why is there a character named Mid-Sized Sedan? What’s up with that baby thing? Why didn’t anyone attempt the most reasonable plan that was suggested?Watch Now:Amazon
The first two Home Alone movies starring Macaulay Culkin were some of the biggest classics from the 90s-- and the magic has never really been recaptured. But, when Disney acquired the rights a few years ago, they naturally had to give it a shot and see if they could cash in on the popularity of the property. Thus, Home Sweet Home Alone was born. Home Sweet Home Alone definitely raises some questions. Like why did they decide to make the bandits sympathetic? Why did they make the kid so unlikeable? Why did Pam and Jeff still want to break in after learning that there might also be a grandmother at home? How did none of the neighbors hear any of the commotion? Why did everyone become friends at the end of the movie? To answer all these questions and more, step inside the Pitch Meeting that led to Home Sweet Home Alone! It’ll be super easy, barely an inconvenience.
With the first John Wick being such a surprise hit at the box office in 2014, Hollywood had no choice but to immediately green-light some more. Fans of the Keanu Reeves movie were given John Wick: Chapter Two and then John Wick: Chapter Three - Parabellum, which had a neat little latin word on the end for its title for some reason. Pretty neat, I guess! John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum definitely raises some questions. Like why did John head directly to one of the most people-dense places on Earth when trying to hide from assassins? How did he get so much done in the 60 minutes before his excommunicado status? Why does everybody insist on talking to John Wick before trying to kill him? Did he just slap a horse? How many favors and symbolic doohickeys does this guy have up his sleeve? To answer all these questions and more, step inside the Pitch Meeting that led to John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum! It’ll be super easy, barely an inconvenience.
Not a whole lot of people enjoyed Jared Leto’s interpretation of The Joker in 2016’s Suicide Squad- but Leto was quick to rebound from that and get cast in a Sony Marvel project… which then got delayed several years. Now, in 2022, the world is finally ready to see… Morbius. Morbius definitely raises a few questions. Like why were so many Spider-Man references in the trailers but then not in the movie? Why does bat DNA give him such sculpted abs? Is this the most bloodless vampire movie ever? What happened to that little girl? Why is his assistant/love interest a vampire now? Wasn’t Morbius going to take out Milo AND himself? To answer all these questions and more, step inside the Pitch Meeting that led to Morbius! It’ll be super easy, barely an inconvenience.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is the sixth book in JK Rowling’s massively popular book series and dives into the mystery of the Half-Blood Prince, Voldemort’s backstory, the assassination of Dumbledore, and the teenage romance occurring between the characters at Hogwarts. The movie though seems to spend a whoooooooole lot of time on the romance. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince raises a lot of questions. Like why not use the Felix Felicis liquid luck potion immediately? Or why not use the Truth Serum on Slughorn rather than create a super elaborate plan and hire him as a teacher? Can’t the Weasleys stop their house from burning down? Do Harry and Ginny have any chemistry whatsoever? To answer all these questions and more, step inside the Pitch Meeting that led to Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince! It’ll be super easy, barely an inconvenience.
Attack of the Clones had the difficult task of proving that The Phantom Menace was a fluke and that the prequel trilogy was still a super good idea. If you ask most people, it failed pretty hard at that. The movie brought us Hayden Christensen as an Anakin Skywalker in his late teenage years, transformed from a tiny little pod-racing enthusiast into a creepy guy that stares at women for far too long and whines about everything. George Lucas also put the pedal to the metal in terms of CGI, using some in virtually every single shot. The movie also raises a ton of questions… like why was Anakin assigned to protect Padme when there were so many qualified Jedi just sitting around? What exactly does she even see in him? Why does Yoda walk into a fight with a cane and suddenly bounce around like a pinball?