We previously reported
that a staff member of a cinema in Seattle spoiled a scene from Prometheus
for a number of patrons by telling them exactly what would happen in one fairly memorable scene. This was, of course, the alien “abortion” scene. Naturally there was the possibility that it was done so on the back of a political agenda based on the delivery of the message. Thankfully these incidents are few and far between or it would be much more difficult to enjoy a trip to the cinema. It’s stressful enough smuggling in sweets and a drink without worrying that staff members are going to break down a scene for you. With that in mind, here are a few other movies that could have been spoiled if you’re unlucky enough to run into the wrong staff member at the wrong time...Of course, the irony is that there is a degree of spoiling to get a point across.
It’s a little clichéd, but the villain of the latest Muppets
adventure is an oil tycoon who happens to know that he’ll strike rich by buying up the Muppets studio lot. This in itself is enough to turn kids and Muppets fans alike against poor old Tex Richman, but is it enough to brand The Muppets as an anti-capitalist movie? Apparently that was enough for some to do so. However, the point that is overlooked by pundits is that The Muppets cast turn their backs on the idea of being successful. We seem to forget that Gonzo became a high-profile plumbing magnate in the absence of The Muppets stage show. Yet, when Kermit and co. show up he is suddenly overcome by the urge to not only dissolve his company, but do so in a way which leaves it in ruins. Didn’t those employees deserve severance at the very least?
The environment is a contentious issue especially in recent years. Al Gore wanted us all to listen to the inconvenient truth and this message was passed along through the medium of film. The presentation in Happy Feet
was a little on the nose it has to be said. It began as a fairly family friendly tale of a penguin that just wanted to dance, but suddenly transformed in the final quarter into a more politically, socially and environmentally driven plot. We can only imagine the frustration in paying for a ticket to be told exactly how the final chapter will play out. Depending on the side of the debate that the staff member falls on you also run the risk of being lectured if you throw your ticket away.Disney
is a studio, which brings out the tinfoil hat wearing brigade on a regular basis it seems. While most of us would watch movies at full speed as was intended, there are some viewers who slow everything down to watch frame by frame in order to spot unusual images, themes and messages. If you visit the right message boards, every film has sparked controversy. Naturally, a movie such as Beauty and the Beast
is going to be a target if you take everything at face value. A love between a woman and an animal you say? Pretty sure that’s illegal in many countries across the world. When you take this theme and combine it with the rumoured flashes of S-E-X written in obscure ways throughout the movie, you can be sure that spoiler-happy staff members would be out in force. Thankfully the saner audience members would just take the story for how Disney tells it: it’s what’s inside that counts.
If you look hard enough into any movie, there are going to be scenes that you could take out of context or put a spin on. Batman
is the 1% of Gotham City, the Rebel forces of Star Wars
could have been freedom fighters or terrorists depending on your point of view, and Babe
may have tried to lure people into a life of vegetarianism. That's without even getting started on the Dinosaur genre of film and the controversy storm that it could generate single-handedly. You are of course entitled to your own views on any subject, but please keep potential spoilers to yourself especially if you are going to be the last possible source of spoilers after we’ve paid for a ticket and are about to walk in the door of the screen.