6 Random Movie Inconsistencies That Bother Me

“This sucker will stop a knife.”

–  Lucius Fox, when giving Batman his armor


1.  Oz: The Great and Powerful—The Psycho Wizard

This Wizard of Oz prequel was solid; I liked it. James Franco played an excellent balloonist.

For those who haven’t seen it (spoilers): The balloonist shows up in Oz and meets this girl who he falls in love with. But then, this girl’s older sister—who happens to be the Wicked Witch of the East—tricks her into thinking the balloonist is playing her. The girl’s rage is so much that she transforms into the Wicked Witch of the West and sets out to destroy the balloonist for his trickery.

That’s all well and good. At the very end of the movie, the balloonist (now the Wizard) speaks with the Witch of the West and tells her he’s sorry for everything, and wants to work things out.


He says if she should ever stop wanting to kill him, just give him a visit and they can reconcile. The Witch screams “NEVER!” and flies off into the distance while the balloonist watches in sorrow.

But Hold on a Minute There…

The only problem with that scene? In Wizard of Oz, when Dorothy shows up to meet the Wizard, he orders her to kill the Wicked Witch of the West! More specifically, to get her broom, but somehow I don’t think the endgame he had in mind was simple thievery of cleaning equipment.

So in short: how does a Wizard decide to kill a woman who he’s specifically hoping will some day want to work things out and marry him?

Answer: he doesn’t! The screenwriters of the Oz prequel should’ve bridged that gap and ended the movie with James Franco wanting to get rid of the witch, not reconcile with her. Because Wizard of Oz was written first, and now I’m forced to believe the titular character has a severe case of bipolar disorder.


 2.  X-Men: First Class—Xavier’s Mobility Miracle

I love the X-Men movies. My least favorite was actually the most recent installment, X-Men: First Class. It was pretty good, but there was one major point of the movie that irked me: in the end, Xavier is confronting Magneto when one of the agents starts shooting at him. Magneto then directs the bullet into Xavier’s back, which causes his paralysis for the rest of the franchise. Pretty cool explanation, right?


But Hold on a Minute There…

First Class is the most recent one to be released in the series, but it’s the very first one chronologically. It takes place in 1962, Origins takes place in the 70’s, and the trilogy is in the “not too distant future.” So, if Xavier gets paralyzed in 1962, why do we see him at the end of Origins


…walking around?

And for those who don’t like Origins, you can always sample X-Men: The Last Stand, which shows Xavier walking around with Magneto “twenty years ago,” which would be in the 80’s. Conclusion: First Class took Xavier’s legs out of commission way too soon.


3.  The Dark Knight Rises—A Speedy Recovery

I’m going to assume we’ve all seen the final Batman movie by now; in any case, if you haven’t, there are minor spoilers here.

There are quite a few plot holes I could pick on here. One of them I already mentioned, that being that Batman’s armor will supposedly “stop a knife,” yet doesn’t do a very good job when he gets stabbed.


“This was a horrible lapse of judgment on my part.”

However, I have larger filmography fish to fry. My real issue is with the bit a little before the stabbing, where Batman escapes the prison. After having his back literally snapped, Bruce somehow manages to recover without the help of any trained physicians. He then climbs out of the prison, which is apparently located in Morocco, North Africa.

But Hold on a Minute There…

How in the world is Batman back in Gotham only ten minutes later? Granted, that could be longer in movie time, but there’s a bomb set to go off within hours. That means that it couldn’t have taken Bruce more than an hour or two to get halfway around the world. Unless he has a flying craft stashed somewhere—a distinct possibility, I guess, since he’s Batman—there’s no good reason for his instant transport.


 4.  Inception—Why the Whole Movie Was Unnecessary

I promise not to pick on this movie too much, considering how much I liked it.

For anyone not familiar with Inception: Leonardo DiCaprio’s character is on the run and isn’t allowed back in the United States to see his kids. He’s hired to break into a guy’s mind and implant an idea there. If he pulls it off, his boss will tug on enough strings to let DiCaprio back into the United States. The whole movie is based on DiCaprio getting back to his kids. And admittedly (spoiler alert), when he does at the end of the movie, it’s a touching scene.

Plot twist: the entire movie was a dream.

Plot twist: the entire movie was a dream.

But Hold on a Minute There…

Not to be all basic or anything, but…erm, why couldn’t Michael Caine, the kids’ surrogate caretaker who was completely aware of the situation, just fly the kids out to DiCaprio?

Answer: because none of the movie would’ve happened, and this movie is great. But still, that plot line should’ve been tweaked.


5.  Iron Man—Actor Replacement Time!

I want to be fair here: sometimes replacing actors is beneficial. I loved Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk in Avengers as opposed to Norton in The Incredible Hulk. There are also times when you literally have no choice but to replace an actor, such as in Harry Potter when Richard Harris (the first Dumbledore) died in October 2002.

Then there are times when Hollywood gets in the way, communication is screwed up on both ends, and the result of the mess is an actor either walks away or is fired. This has happened in many cases I can think of, but the movie franchise I was hurt the most by was Iron Man. In the first (and best) movie, we had Terrence Howard playing Rhodey, Tony Stark’s best friend.


But Hold on a Minute There…


You can’t just switch out an actor! Well, obviously you can, but not without guaranteeing the sequel will be worse than the original! I liked Terrence Howard. A lot. And it doesn’t matter how good Don Cheadle is, I think the original actor would’ve been better.


6. The Lightning Thief–What’s Up With Annabeth, Seriously?

“She was probably my age, maybe a couple of inches taller, and a whole lot more athletic looking. With her deep tan and her curly blond hair, she was almost exactly what I thought a stereotypical California girl would look like.”

But Hold on a Minute There…


“The camera adds ten years.”



6 thoughts on “6 Random Movie Inconsistencies That Bother Me

  1. James Scarlet says:

    Thank you for including the entire problem with Annabeth. I couldn’t enjoy the movie because of that.

  2. Yeah the Annabeth thing really bugs me. I can’t believe they’re making another movie. The first one was pretty bad.

  3. L. Marie says:

    Great assessment. With Percy Jackson, I heard they aged up the characters hoping to have the success of the Twilight films. For Iron Man, the replacement came down to money. Apparently Howard demanded more adn the studio wouldn’t give it. That’s why he was replaced.

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