October 24, 2016

Sound Off! How Would You Change Your Favorite Movies if You Could?

Movies aren't perfect—but they would be if they just changed that one thing!

We've all done it—we get up from watching a film and think, "Yeah, that was pretty good, but it would've been so much better if they just fixed that one thing." Well, the folks over at CineFix have done this, too, only they named their filmic irks in a bunch of great and not-so-great movies in a roundtable discussion. If you're in for some cinematic nerdery, check out the video below.

Other than 1.) recasting Matthew Broderick as Adult Simba in The Lion King, 2.) changing the third act in almost every movie, and 3.) remaking The Last Airbender in its entirety (and giving that film the damn title it deserves because to this day I still call it "Avatar, no the bad one"), I'd say that the one change I'd make to a film would be the talkie scene in The Artist. When that film came out in 2011, I was actually studying an extensive unit on the silent film era and was so jazzed that a modern day silent film was about to hit the big screen. Then all of a sudden near the end of the film—I hear—the voice of Jean Dujardin, and I was immediately disappointed.

Now, there is one glaring argument one could make against removing the "talkie" bit from that scene. The film is about how the transition from silent films to talkies drives two lovers apart, so you can't really blame director Michel Hazanavicius for including it. And I admit, having a scene that represents that transition is perfect in so many ways, but still—as a lover of silent films, I wanted my damn silent film!

'The Artist' (2011)

What about you? What's one thing you'd change about a film if you could? Or what's one movie you'd change altogether? Let us know in the comments below!     

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Impossible question: how to change your favourite movie?
Well, it is your favourite for a reason, right? ;-)

Interesting experiment, btw.
Would work better for those movies you like, except for....

October 24, 2016 at 6:19AM, Edited October 24, 6:19AM

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WalterBrokx
Director, DOP, Writer, Editor, Producer
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If Sean Connery had played Bond in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, it probably would be regarded as the best Bond film of all time.

October 24, 2016 at 6:47AM, Edited October 24, 6:57AM

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Batutta
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Delete the voiceover from "Full Metal Jacket." Perfect movie otherwise.

October 24, 2016 at 9:11AM

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I'd normalize the audio track in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Dynamic range is great, but I shouldn't have to ride my home theater's volume knob like a roller coaster just to keep from pissing off the neighbors at night.

October 24, 2016 at 10:47AM, Edited October 24, 10:46AM

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Victor Frost
Producer at FrostWorks Inc.
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Get rid of the whole Rathtar sequence from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, replace it with a sequence where the rival gang members have an exciting shoot-out with Han Solo and company, ending with the rival gangs accidentally shooting eachother. Han, Chewie, Rey, BB8, and Finn all escape the same way as is. Not sure if it's better, but I think it's more inline with Han Solo's character.

October 24, 2016 at 10:48AM

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Agreed. That whole sequence didn't even feel like Star Wars. I felt like that scene was Han Solo placed in JJ's Star Trek movies.

October 27, 2016 at 10:29AM

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Scott Pilgrim in IMAX 3D

October 24, 2016 at 11:44AM

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*Burn After Reading*. Great Coen Brothers movie with a terrible ending. Instead of letting the audience listen to one CIA guy tell another CIA guy the climax of the story, I'd show it.

October 24, 2016 at 7:15PM

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Clay Smith
Wannabe screenwriter, film editor, director
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I would replace Sarah Silverman in School of Rock.

Unfortunately, she's in another of my favorite movies, Wreck-it Ralph. I'd replace her voice in that too.

Can't stand that woman.

October 25, 2016 at 12:32PM

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Paul Gall
Writer / Director / Editor
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Avengers age of ultron..iron man destroys all his suits at the end of IRON MAN 3..So that why he creates the IRON LEGION . He wouldn't go back to putting on the suit until HULK gets brainwashed by scarlet witch..And the suit would be the HULKBUSTER..2.. In the beginning when they invaded the hydra base .i would have preferred if it was a stealth mission with just basically HAWK EYE // BLACK WIDOW //and CAP...HYDRA will eventually discover their presence and bring in their ARMY and then and only then will the AVENGERS release THE HULK (going back to the conversation LOKI and TONY STARK had in AVENGERS) ..i would included a scene where QUICKSILVER would be RUNNING circles around the HULK creating a intense tornado ..next thing you know HULK SMASH against the EARTH to create a TREMOR to knock QUICKSILVER out of his stride../// Every WOLVERINE movie needs to take a cue from WOLVERINE VS THE INCREDIBLE HULK ..the animated movie ..The level of violence and bloodshed in the only realistic outcome if a guy who had ADAMATIUM CLAWS (capable of slicing through steel like butter ) slashed an adversary..LIMBS would be severed ...internal organs would be punctured and any mere mortals who engaged in a fight with Logan have basically signed their death warrant...in the last movie during the third act wolverine was captured by a couple NINJAS...come on..those guys should have been cannon feeder ...WOLVERINE SHOULD HAVE BEEN ABLE TO MASSACRE them before having the final showdown against MADAM VIPER and the robotic SAMURAI DUDE...(TAKE cues from BLADE 1 & 2) When wesley snipes beats the living daylights out the henchmen before his final showdown with deacon frost and nomak...Lastly they should let LOGAN wear his SUIT ...(Take a cue from daredevil season 1 on netflix .when he gets the suit to protect him from getting injured)...iTS appears in the UPCOMING LOGAN MOVIE wolverine healing powers have diminished ..his wounds now leave scars..WHY NOT GIVE HIM THE SUIT AS A FORM OF PROTECTION ...#Just sayin..

October 25, 2016 at 2:37PM, Edited October 25, 2:37PM

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Star Wars Episode 4. Release the original theater version with no enhancements.

The Princess Bride. Let the last kiss play out without interruption

Dark Knight Rises. Have Bruce Wayne get out of the pit by using the rope or something other than free climbing. It didn't make any sense that Batman wouldn't use his environment to his advantage

October 29, 2016 at 12:00AM

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Ryan Gudmunson
Recreational Filmmaker
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Cut out the bookends on SAVING PRIVATE RYAN. Open the film with the title card: OMAHA BEACH. As Ryan was not present for all but the last bit of the film, it doesn't makes sense that the film is told through his eyes (in flashback), so the push in on him at the beginning is a misdirect to make us think it's Captain Miller (Hanks) at the cemetery. It's kind of a cheap gag and wholly unnecessary. As an alt, you could still use the end at the cemetery. Thankfully, the Blu-ray let's you skip right to D-Day in one chapter.

November 16, 2016 at 6:45AM

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Shaun OBanion
Producer
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Cut out half of the voice over in 'Carlito's Way'.

That film contained the best of Brian de Palma's direction. Visually imaginative, never sitting still, the beauty of each shot contained in its movement and temporality, complex and deeply human characters the likes of which we hadn't seen in a de Palma film before, and bordering on the poetic, it was pure cinema.

However, the voiceover in the film, though containing moments of beautiful poetry, is on the whole, rather overbearing, which de Palma has rarely if even been. If de Palma had dropped Carlito narrating the plot details and describing the stakes, and instead left in a handful of the Bukowski-esque turns of phrase e.g. 'The streets are watching', Carlito's Way would have been a perfect film.

August 20, 2017 at 6:30AM, Edited August 20, 6:30AM

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