So, first thread. I've noticed there are a lot of movies that are achingly close to greatness, or are good but with obvious "How could they miss that?" moments. Little things, not stuff that would result in an entirely different movie ("Moonraker would've been so much better if it were about Daniel Craig getting into a lightsaber fight with Voldemort on a hover-train"). So, let's have a thread for that.
Grandfathered out: No "No shakycam!"/"Hard R instead of PG-13!" examples unless you're going to get creative. Die Hard 4 being R instead of PG-13 isn't a fun notion on how to improve a movie, it's common sense. But I'd love to hear anyone's reasoning on why The Princess And The Frog would've benefited from an NC-17 rating.
And since James Bond is on everyone's mind.
- Goldeneye is a near-perfect Bond movie held back by a score that is simply awful, sucking all the life out of every scene. It sounds like the house music in a nightclub known for its high suicide rate, or an entire movie of Madonna's theme tune for Die Another Day. If anyone else had been on soundtrack duties, I mean anyone, the movie would've been greatly improved. Even the Wu-Tang Clan would've been better.
- Quantum of Solace has some pretty obvious problems, but I think the most egregious is Strawberry Fields. There's nothing wrong with the actress or the character, but she's pretty obviously only there so Bond can bone someone in a movie where he ostensibly 'doesn't get the girl'. And the character's final fate is just insulting: she's killed off in a silly reference to Goldfinger so Bond, who is already out for revenge for the murder of the love of his life, can now avenge a one-night stand as well. Even the characters in the movie comment on how many women have been fridged for the sake of Bond's man-pain. Speaking for myself, I would've been okay with saying that Bond actually just didn't have sex in the week following his true love's gruesome death.
- Tomorrow Never Dies was supposed to have Monica Belucci as Carver's wife instead of Teri Hatcher. Nothing against Hatcher, but even Pierce Brosnan called bullshit on that one.
- Diamonds Are Forever really, really should've ended with Blofeld's final defeat. It also would've been nice if they could've kept the iconic Donald Pleasence in the role after there was so much build-up to him showing up in the first place.
Lastly, the example that inspired this thread: The Avengers is a great thrill ride, but it does veer toward goofy-in-a-bad-way whenever this guy shows up.
Given that Captain America ended with the Red Skull getting Tesseract'd to parts unknown, how cool would it be if Thanos's lieutenant had been a displaced Nazi supervillain? Instead of Babylon 5 speechifying, Tom Hiddleston and Hugo Weaving getting in each others' grill! You wouldn't even have to have the Skull take place in the invasion at the end (although that would be aces too), just save him for The Avengers 2 or have him pulling some strings for Thanos in Captain America 2.