10 Cinematic Facepalms: Movies Whose Main Conflicts Make You Scratch Your Head

 Conflict is the engine that propels every story. A story without conflict is like a car in the garage with nowhere to go. Conflict moves it from its stationary position in the garage to the road. But all conflicts are not created equal. Some increase the story’s stakes much higher to make the suspense and tension even more intense. Some conflicts don’t do much for the story in terms of upping the stakes, so the viewing experience is more relaxed as the movie progresses. Then, some conflicts seem forced and contrived. They don’t come naturally to the story and are primarily writers or directors infusing the characters with dumbness to fit into the plot.

Stories like these aren’t delightful to some viewers. Netizens talk about some of these experiences on an online platform. Here are ten highlights.

1. Spider-Man: No Way Home

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The conflict of this installment in the Spider-Man franchise upset people primarily because it could have been avoided. Also, the characters seemed dumbed down for it to work. Dr. Strange, as brilliant and powerful as he was, couldn’t get Peter Parker to state his request more clearly before hinging a multiverse-altering spell on his words. All of the problems that played out in this movie were created by this moment of impatience on Strange’s part. Moreso, it didn’t make sense that Peter didn’t think very well about what he wanted until that moment, preventing himself from stuttering through the spell. It just seemed rather silly.

2. Fargo

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Members of the platform talk about how so much avoidable stupidity there was in the plot that it made the movie a hilarious viewing experience. There were just too many dumb events that it became fun to watch. Fargo is one of the movies where this method is used right. According to one user, everyone involved in the main plot knows how little the plan makes sense, yet they embark on it anyway, making for an exciting watch.

3. Superman vs. Batman

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The movie’s major Superman and Batman conflict happens because Batman has a wrong impression of Superman’s intentions. So they both go at each other because Batman thinks Superman is the bad guy and since Superman can’t stand watching while a guy in a metal suit throws punches at him, they fight aggressively. This could have been prevented had Batman just asked Superman what his intentions were rather than making assumptions.

4. Limitless

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In the movie Limitless, Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper), the most intelligent person in the world, forgets to return the money he borrowed from the Russian mob. Initially, the idea that he needed to borrow the money seemed ridiculous, given that he could get into any casino and make a ton of money with his skills. Also, he said he quintupled his money every day, but he only borrowed $100k. If he had just started with $100 alone, making as much money would have taken him five days.

5. Jurassic World

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A user on the platform was frustrated by the sheer lack of safety measures in the movie Jurassic World. They say, “The first rule of working at the park should be, NEVER ENTER THE ANIMAL CAGES unless the animal is confirmed to be secure. Anybody who works in a job where ‘lockout procedures are required can understand that.” The movie allows this flaw because they couldn’t think of any other way to make the Indominus Rex escape, which causes the conflict that they want.

6. Aquaman

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In Aquaman, Black Manta gets angry that Aquaman didn’t save him, even though he and his father just tried to kill him. The irony here stings. Also, in a fight scene, Black Manta shoots Aquaman with a grenade launcher, and he gets back up, yet Black Manta then follows up with a knife. Indeed, if a grenade didn’t work, how could he expect a knife to be more effective?

7. The Purge

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The concept of people willingly participating in a night of crime is already outlandish. Still, then, there’s always that moment where the main characters with access to high-security systems decide to disable their own security just to let a stranger into their home. This dumb, careless act often leads to a lot of death. A commenter shares their frustration, saying, “This is why I didn’t watch The Purge. By watching the trailer, I knew that someone would have to do something idiotic for the plot to move forward.”

8. Suicide Squad

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Of Suicide Squad, one commenter says, “I finished watching that movie, and I was like, this movie is completely pointless. They formed a team to stop hypothetical big bads. But the formation of the team creates the actual big bad.”

9. John Wick

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It is hard to believe how the conflict that has spawned four movies thus far and a lot of blood, death, and gore started from Wick’s dog being killed. As more movies are made, and various parts of this plot are explored, it is worth considering how far this can be taken before the characters sit down and ask themselves what exactly they are fighting about and why. The carnage Wick has left in his wake should call for introspection.

10. Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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One commenter says, “Finn and Rose get on a shuttle to find a code breaker. The problem comes when they initially leave the rebel ship without anyone noticing. They could have ferried people since the First Order didn’t think to look for smaller ships until Benicio Del Toro told them to.”

Source: Reddit.

10 Hilarious Lightweight Comedies About Rich People

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Get ready to dive into a world of luxury, laughter, and extravagant antics. We’re taking you on a whirlwind tour of ten sidesplitting lightweight comedies that revolve around the lives of the exceptionally wealthy. Having a lot of money can lead to plenty of absurd situations, and where there’s absurdity, there’s hilarity. From Crazy Rich Asians to Ruthless People, these ten films about rich people are perfect for a hilarious light viewing that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

10 Popular Movies With Perfect Endings Ruined by Lame Sequels

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When a movie becomes fans’ favorite, it’s not unusual to see filmmakers wanting to further explore its captivating storylines through sequels that may sometimes be below par. Lackluster follow-ups have been the death of perfect cinematic delivery in recent times, and a group of cineasts considers these popular movies ruined by successors that should never have been produced.

10 TV Shows People Wish They Could Watch for the First Time Again

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It feels like the first time. It feels like the very first time (I watched The Sopranos). As you endlessly scroll through the streaming verse of mediocre shows you know will leave you disappointed, why not fantasize about those shows that made you feel things you didn’t see a TV show could make you feel?

10 Actors and Actresses People Watch No Matter What They Star In

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Great actors progress through stages. Early in their careers, fans catch a glimpse of the talent and, each time they see the actor in a new role, realize that the talent is no fluke. Once the actor has built a long enough resume, the great ones enter must-see-at-all-costs territory. These actors and actresses have achieved near cult-leader status, and boy, have they earned it.

10 Movies Everyone Should See at Least Once in Their Lifetime

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If you haven’t seen these movies, what are you waiting for? You won’t find any hidden gems on this list; you may have already seen most of them. If there are any on this list that you still need to see, bump them up your watchlist. These are bucket-list movies you can’t possibly justify leaving unwatched.


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