We’ve all seen it: a movie that had great potential but was marred by a problematic element.
This is not an indication that this may happen. Maybe it’s one of those characters with a terrible cast. A terrible voice. An offensive joke.
It can be a horribly twisted ending that ruins everything that came before. Or a pothole can be sealed with a single stroke of a pen.
Of course, sometimes the problems with a movie are too deep to simply hope that a total solution can instantly turn it into a masterpiece.
Other times, however? Maybe the real fix is simple.
Here are 13 bad movies that could have been dramatically improved with one change, from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker to Spider-Man 3.
Alien 3 (1992)
People’s biggest draw with Alien 3 was the decision to kill Newt at the very beginning of the film, which set the entire Aliens struggle in complete uproar. It certainly wouldn’t be hard to find an excuse for Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) to go to prison without slapping previous James Cameron fans in the face.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
This Audrey Hepburn-starring classic might not quite fit the description of a “terrible movie” – but an all-inclusive side that is unseemly for many current audiences. grand. Of course, I refer to Mickey Rooney’s racist interpretation of a Japanese character. Take that out, and the movie instantly improves tenfold.
Die Hard 4.0 (2007)
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By the time any franchise has a third sequel, chances are the quality is going to drop a bit (all due to the monstrous endurance of the Mission: Impossible movies). Die Hard 4.0 is the first of John McClane’s outings that are truly disposable, a number-one action thriller that is a far cry from the magic of the original. However, there’s an easy way to give it some of the grit of the original Die Hard: add in some appropriate violence. The first two Die Hard films were released in the UK with a rating of “18” (downgraded years later to “15”). The violence at number four has been softened to appeal to a broader market – and it certainly lost something in the process.
Doctor Sleep (2019)
For the first two-thirds of its run, Doctor Sleep is a horror movie that often wins when it comes to building its own distinct mythology – despite being a sequel to The Shining. For the third act, however, the act goes back to the Overlook Hotel, as depicted in Kubrick’s 1980 horror thriller, and the whole thing becomes a dizzying frenzy for the crew. reference and callback. Skip Overlook, and you’ve got a pretty awesome horror movie in your hands.
I’m a Legend (2007)
I Am Legend is hardly a disaster, but any fan of Richard Matheson’s 1954 book will tell you that the film’s adaptation’s epilogue has much to look forward to. Instead of letting Will Smith’s Dr. Robert Neville know that he is, in fact, the villain in the eyes of the infected masses – the “legend” of the film’s title – the film simply witnesses he dies as a hero no matter what, losing all the nuance and deeper meaning of the story’s conclusion. It’s an easy change to make; a variation on the ending of the book was actually filmed as a deleted scene.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
There are sequels to Steven Spielberg’s arduous adventure that no tinkering will ever save; some people have always insisted that aliens have no place in Indiana Jones movies. But there’s one moment that always makes the film an easy target for critics – it’s the scene in which Indy (Harrison Ford) survives a nuclear bomb explosion in a refrigerator. Really?
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Michael Crichton’s hasty adventure sequel scored well, but ultimately fell far short of the 1993 original. Perhaps the biggest problem was the insistence on the scene.” T-Rex in San Diego” in the style of Godzilla, which Spielberg decided to add just weeks before filming began. The original plan was to make this segment the focus of its own sequel – which would have made The Lost World much more coherent. However, it feels flashy and superfluous. Additionally, the sequence deviates from the story at an important point in the story.
Les Misérables (2012)
There was a lot of talk about Tom Hooper adapting the hit musical Les Misérables when it first came out. While critics heaped praise on Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway, one actor drew near unanimous scorn: Russell Crowe, playing the villain Javert. In fact, Crowe’s performance was actually pretty good, but his vocals were heavily overpowered by some of his well-trained co-stars. Replace Crowe with a singer of the caliber of Broadway, and the whole movie begins to flourish.
This sci-fi drama, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt, sees Pratt’s character forcing Lawrence to live an isolated life dependent on co-workers when he wakes her early from her slumber winter to keep him company on a luxury spaceship. As many suggested at the time, the movie would have worked much better if it had started at the time Lawrence was awakened, allowing us to spot Pratt’s transgression when she did. Instead, there’s no variation here and significantly less intrigue as a result.
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
The way to fix Spider-Man 3 is easy: get rid of Venom. After the huge success of the first two Spider-Man films, Sam Raimi should have been allowed to do what he wanted with the third. Instead, studio execs forced Raimi to cram Spider-Man’s surprisingly famous nemesis into a movie that already featured two villains – Thomas Hayden Church’s Sandman and James Franco’s Harry Osbourne. The main problem of Spidey 3 is feeling overwhelmed and underdeveloped. These are two problems that will at least be partially solved by removing Venom – and to him the lackluster performance of Topher Grace.
Star Trek into Darkness (2013)
JJ Abrams’ sequel to the often-favorite Star Trek reboot has found a promising villain in Benedict Cumberbatch’s Commander John Harrison. Then, when it is revealed that he is, in fact, the notorious villain of the Khan franchise, the whole thing unravels. As long as he was an original enemy – the movie would have been better for it.
Star Wars IX: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)
Okay, the “one change” needed to fix this franchise’s low point is a pretty big and consequential change: the removal of Emperor. Ian McDiarmid’s decision to bring back the nefarious Emperor Palpatine, after his apparent death in Return of the Jedi, was a disaster. It was never really explained in the movie – the line “somehow, Palpatine is back” – was widely mocked on social media. Without him, the series would find a much more compelling main antagonist in Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). Plus, a story won’t have too many plot holes.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
It’s easy to see why Peter Jackson’s JRR Tolkein adaptation was split into three films – after the success of The Lord of the Rings, it must have been financially irresistible to adapt the humble prequel This is a masterpiece. But the results are undeniably dull. An indie adaptation of The Hobbit would make a lot more sense and potentially be a lot more engaging.
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