If you are a regular reader around these parts, then you are probably well acquainted with our Scenes We Love and Scenes We Hate. So, I recently went to see Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderlandand was struck with a moment on-screen that wasn't necessarily a scene that I hated (in the traditional sense of the word), and it definitely wasn't a scene I loved -- but it stood out, because it did almost manage to ruin the entire movie.
Now for the curious out there (and this might count as a spoiler, so be warned), the moment in question was when the Mad Hatter (played by Johnny Depp but looking like Gene Wilder) celebrates the victory over the Red Queen and engages in a dance vignette that would make the kids in High School Musical run in terror. It was in a word: horrifying. After discussing the movie with friends, I just couldn't get that scene out of my head, and trust me; I don't mean that in a good way.
But this isn't the first time this has happened to me, and sometimes when I'm watching a movie, there is a scene that is so out of place, or just so badly executed that it has you desperately wishing that everyone involved had spent just a few more minutes in the editing suite.
After the jump; 3 other scenes that I think managed to stop the movie dead in its tracks...
The Matrix Reloaded: Morpheus' Speech to Zion
I'm still a fan of the Wachowski's sci-fi trilogy, and while I'm probably one of a handful of people who didn't mind Reloaded all that much, there was a moment when I wasn't so sure, and that moment was Morpheus' pre-rave speech to the good folks of Zion. So where do we begin? Is it with the clunky writing, or the weird accent? It was if all of Morpheus' (Laurence Fishburne) 'cool' was long gone, and what we got instead was a dork in a tunic doing a poor man's St. Crispin's Day speech -- and that is not the Morpheus we knew and loved.
Star Wars Revenge of the Sith: "Nooooooooooooooo!"
By the time George Lucas had finished destroying most of his fan's good will with the first two Star Wars prequels, I think most of us were walking into Sith with very low expectations. However, even though I dragged my feet and avoided the final chapter for a very long time, when I finally sat down to watch, things seemed to be going alright (I mean, it was definitely a step up from Attack of The Clones). Yes, there were some awkward moments, and the line 'he killed younglings!' will never fail to make me laugh, but in those final moments when you see Anakin getting bolted into his iconic suit, I was actually impressed. It seemed like a pretty classy moment to end on with a booming, "Yes, My Master." and then cut to black, right? No such luck, instead we got "Noooooooooo!" which may have been great for the world of internet memes but it did strip away that trilogy's last shred of dignity.
Spider-Man 3: The Jazz Club
There certainly seems to be a trend with the sequels here, doesn't there? Maybe by the time a franchise has reached a third installment they are out of ideas and willing to try anything, no matter how stupid. Speaking of stupid, who exactly thought it would be a good idea to have our web-slinging hero bust out a Ron Burgundy-style dance number in Spider-Man 3? God knows fans were already incensed with cherished villains being shoehorned into the story; so I'm not quite sure how an emo Spider-Man playing jazz piano and engaging in dance routines was supposed to endear the film to fans.
Now I've only just scratched the surface, so now, I'll turn it over to you, leave your nominations for scenes that almost ruined the whole movie below...