History Anvilicious / Film

8th Oct '17 12:15:22 PM ThomasProofreader
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* ''Film/{{Crash}}''. Apparently racism is not a good thing. But then [[WarpedAesop everyone in Los Angeles is racist so it's normal]].

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* ''Film/{{Crash}}''. Apparently racism is not a good thing. But then [[WarpedAesop [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop everyone in Los Angeles is racist so it's normal]].
10th Sep '17 9:13:32 AM nombretomado
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* ''{{Disney/Frozen}}'' gives two lessons and in turn deconstructs many of {{Disney}}'s earlier films. One: There is no such thing as LoveAtFirstSight. Only by getting to know and understand someone can you possibly fall in love with them. Two: An act of true love isn't about romance. It's about loving someone with all your heart, unconditionally.

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* ''{{Disney/Frozen}}'' gives two lessons and in turn deconstructs many of {{Disney}}'s Creator/{{Disney}}'s earlier films. One: There is no such thing as LoveAtFirstSight. Only by getting to know and understand someone can you possibly fall in love with them. Two: An act of true love isn't about romance. It's about loving someone with all your heart, unconditionally.
3rd Sep '17 6:08:33 PM KhesterBarbatos
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* The "coming of age in the hood" parody ''Film/DontBeAMenaceToSouthCentralWhileDrinkingYourJuiceInTheHood'' lampshades the anvils by having the postman, played by producer Keenen Ivory Wayans, pop up whenever a character is delivering a particularly anvilicious speech to loudly exclaim "Message!" directly to the audience. In itself {{lampshaded}} when the main character gives a long-winded, confusing speech that pretty much summarizes every other anvil up to that point in the longest way possible, the Postman arrives, looks at the camera confused, and then says: [[BreakingTheFourthWall "The *** is he talking about?"]]

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* The "coming of age in the hood" parody ''Film/DontBeAMenaceToSouthCentralWhileDrinkingYourJuiceInTheHood'' lampshades the anvils by having the postman, played by producer Keenen Ivory Wayans, pop up whenever a character is delivering a particularly anvilicious speech to loudly exclaim "Message!" directly to the audience. In itself {{lampshaded}} when the main character gives a long-winded, confusing speech that pretty much summarizes every other anvil up to that point in the longest way possible, the Postman arrives, looks at the camera confused, and then says: [[BreakingTheFourthWall "The *** fuck is he talking about?"]]
2nd Sep '17 11:00:05 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''WesternAnimation/QuestForCamelot''. After watching it, people are likely to ask "could they hammer home the lessons about teamwork and ThePowerOfFriendship ''any'' harder?" Yet a popular song from the film is [[BrokenAesop "I Stand Alone"]].
** To be fair, this song comes from a character who has lived as a hermit for years ''before'' he gets anvilled by the scriptwriter.

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* ''WesternAnimation/QuestForCamelot''. After watching it, people are likely to ask "could they hammer home the lessons about teamwork and ThePowerOfFriendship ''any'' harder?" Yet a popular song from the film is [[BrokenAesop "I Stand Alone"]].
** To be fair, this song comes from a character who has lived as a hermit for years ''before'' he gets anvilled by the scriptwriter.
2nd Sep '17 10:59:24 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Film/SuperSizeMe'' has [[TheScrappy Morgan Spurlock]] drop the anvil that "fast food for breakfast lunch and dinner all the time is bad for you" with all the subtlety of a large-scale nuke.
** Which borders on a FantasticAesop because you'd have to be a [[WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead complete and total idiot]] to actually eat nothing but fast food for an entire month, and to force feed it to yourself even if you're full, and to suddenly switch to such a diet from a completely antithetical diet. The [[ComeforTheXStayForTheY secondary bits of the movie]] that don't involve Morgan force-feeding himself, while not exactly even-handed, are far more sensible.

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* ''Film/SuperSizeMe'' has [[TheScrappy is a documentary designed to warn the audience about the dangers of fast food, which it does pretty openly. However, most people misinterpret the intended message of the film's central stunt, in which Morgan Spurlock]] drop the anvil Spurlock eats three meals a day of [=McDonald's=]. The point was not that "fast food for breakfast lunch and dinner all it's unhealthy, which is obvious, but to show ''how'' unhealthy it is. This is why the time is bad for you" with all film juxtaposes his doctors' expected results at the subtlety of a large-scale nuke.
** Which borders on a FantasticAesop because you'd have
beginning ("You'll gain some weight") to be a [[WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead complete and total idiot]] to actually eat nothing but fast food for an entire month, and to force feed it to yourself even if you're full, and to suddenly switch to such a diet from a completely antithetical diet. The [[ComeforTheXStayForTheY secondary bits of their analysis at the movie]] that don't involve Morgan force-feeding himself, while not exactly even-handed, are far more sensible.end ("Stop this experiment if you value your life").



* The ''[[Franchise/TheMatrix Matrix]]'' sequels, ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded'' and ''Film/TheMatrixRevolutions'' were heavily criticized for being full of lengthy philosophical pontifications by several characters, including Councillor Hamann, The Oracle, The Merovingian (twice), Agent Smith, and Morpheus.
** Most of these speeches were extremes between HumansAreTheRealMonsters and RousseauWasRight, from both sides of the war. Perhaps the series was less anvilicious and more of a failed MindScrew or [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory ontological discourse]] to some.

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* The ''[[Franchise/TheMatrix Matrix]]'' sequels, ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded'' and ''Film/TheMatrixRevolutions'' were heavily criticized for being full of lengthy philosophical pontifications by several characters, including Councillor Hamann, The Oracle, The Merovingian (twice), Agent Smith, and Morpheus.
**
Morpheus. Most of these speeches were extremes between HumansAreTheRealMonsters and RousseauWasRight, from both sides of the war. Perhaps the series was less anvilicious and more of a failed MindScrew or [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory ontological discourse]] to some.



* ''Film/ManOfSteel'' goes out of its way to portray Superman as some sort of messiah for the human race. It even has a shot of Clark, tormented by his decision over whether or not to surrender himself to Zod, framed by a stained glass depiction of Jesus Christ's Passion at the Garden of Gethsemane (prior to surrendering himself to the high priests) to push the point across.
** Though admitedly, that one was more subtle than when he floats out of Zod's ship in a [[CrucifiedHeroShot crucified Jesus pose]].

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* ''Film/ManOfSteel'' goes out of its way to portray Superman as some sort of messiah for the human race. It even He adopts a CrucifiedHeroShot multiple times in the film and has a shot of Clark, tormented by his decision over whether or not to surrender himself to Zod, framed by a stained glass depiction of Jesus Christ's Passion at the Garden of Gethsemane (prior to surrendering himself to the high priests) to push the point across.
** Though admitedly, that one was more subtle than when he floats out of Zod's ship in a [[CrucifiedHeroShot crucified Jesus pose]].
lines such as, "I will save them all, father."



* ''Film/TheGreatDictator'' concludes with a 4 1/2 minute speech delivered directly to the camera. Being a rhetorical speech, the actual moral message is a little confused, but definitely down with Hitler.
** ''The Great Dictator'' was shot during the period of the Hitler/Stalin Pact. The Soviet Union, and all Communist parties, spent the period denouncing the resistance to Hitler as an 'imperialist' war that was a plot against the working class. As a far-left fellow traveler, Chaplin thus had to criticize Hitler and anti-Semitism while equally denouncing all attempts to stop him. The resulting moral muddle is thus inevitable.
* ''Film/{{Elysium}}'': Impoverished, Spanish-speaking citizens of Earth trying to illegally immigrate to a space station owned by the English/French-speaking 1%? Bonus points for name-dropping the Department of Homeland Security. Yeah, this film is ''[[SarcasmMode totally]]'' [[SarcasmMode subtle]] with its allegories regarding illegal immigration, universal healthcare, and the Occupy movements. Then again, this ''is'' a movie made by the same guy who made ''Film/{{District 9}}'', which had all of the subtlety of a freight train. That being said, SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped.

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* ''Film/TheGreatDictator'' concludes with a 4 1/2 minute speech delivered directly to the camera. Being a rhetorical speech, While Chaplin's political views were complicated, the actual moral message clear takeaway is a little confused, but definitely down "Down with Hitler.
** ''The Great Dictator'' was shot during the period of the Hitler/Stalin Pact. The Soviet Union, and all Communist parties, spent the period denouncing the resistance to Hitler as an 'imperialist' war that was a plot against the working class. As a far-left fellow traveler, Chaplin thus had to criticize Hitler and anti-Semitism while equally denouncing all attempts to stop him. The resulting moral muddle is thus inevitable.
Hitler."
* ''Film/{{Elysium}}'': Impoverished, Spanish-speaking citizens of Earth trying to illegally immigrate to a space station owned by the English/French-speaking 1%? Bonus points for name-dropping the Department of Homeland Security. Yeah, this film is ''[[SarcasmMode totally]]'' [[SarcasmMode subtle]] not subtle with its allegories regarding illegal immigration, universal healthcare, and the Occupy movements. Then again, this ''is'' a movie made by the same guy who made ''Film/{{District 9}}'', which had all of the subtlety of a freight train. That being said, SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped.



* InUniverse in ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}''. When asked by the admiral why he doesn't want to use nukes to kill the [=MUTO=]s, Serizawa hands him his father's watch, stopped at 8:15. Ever since [[AtomicBombingsOfHiroshimaAndNagasaki the morning of the 6th of August 1945]], in a town called Hiroshima... [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped Serizawa hopes it'll be enough to dissuade him.]] Though he's visibly provoked to thought, he ultimately decides to use nukes anyway.
** This might be a bit of FridgeBrilliance though, as one could interpret the scene as the same as the original decision to use the atomic weapons on Hiroshima. 50,000 dead Japanese citizens terrible, but not as bad as the continued conventional bombing (such as the more-deadly firebombing of Tokyo shortly before) or the likely MILLIONS of casualties on both sides from an eventual land invasion.

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* InUniverse in ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}''. When asked by the admiral why he doesn't want to use nukes to kill the [=MUTO=]s, Serizawa hands him his father's watch, stopped at 8:15. Ever since [[AtomicBombingsOfHiroshimaAndNagasaki 8:15, referring to the morning of the 6th of August 1945]], in a town called Hiroshima... [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped Serizawa hopes it'll be enough to dissuade him.]] Though he's visibly provoked to thought, he ultimately decides to use nukes anyway.
** This might be a bit of FridgeBrilliance though, as one could interpret the scene as the same as
AtomicBombingsOfHiroshimaAndNagasaki. In the original decision to use Godzilla film, the atomic weapons on Hiroshima. 50,000 dead Japanese citizens terrible, but not as bad as monster itself was an anvilicious allegory for the continued conventional bombing (such as the more-deadly firebombing horrors of Tokyo shortly before) or the likely MILLIONS of casualties on both sides from an eventual land invasion.nuclear weapons.



2nd Sep '17 10:46:23 PM CaptainCrawdad
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** Rather idiotic really, especially as the United States never gave arms to the "Arab Afghans" under UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden, because they were a huge PaperTiger - only Pakistan armed them, but stopped when they realized how useless they were (they essentially became a glorified adventure holiday for disaffected Saudi youth). For their part, the Mujahideen used to "requisition" the weaponry and vehicles sent to Bin Laden for their own purposes - and actually put them to decent use.
23rd Jul '17 1:35:16 AM Daylight
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* ''{{Disney/Frozen}}'' gives two lessons and in turn deconstructs many of {{Disney}}'s earlier films. One: There is no such thing as LoveAtFirstSight. Only by getting to know and understand someone can you possibly fall in love with them. Two: An act of true love isn't about romance. It's about loving someone with all your heart, unconditionally.
1st Jun '17 7:52:41 PM jormis29
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* While his movies haven't ever exactly been subtle, especially with the HumansAreTheRealMonsters message (literally every "zombie" movie Romero has made, including ''Film/TheCrazies'' as well as ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968'' and sequels has the main characters almost encounter still living people who are just as, if not more, dangerous as the monsters), George A. Romero cranked the anvils up to eleven in ''Film/DiaryOfTheDead'', where the main character flat out asks if humanity is worth saving at all over a clip of two guys using zombies for target practice. He could honestly be said to live on this trope.

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* While his movies haven't ever exactly been subtle, especially with the HumansAreTheRealMonsters message (literally every "zombie" movie Romero has made, including ''Film/TheCrazies'' as well as ''Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968'' and sequels has the main characters almost encounter still living people who are just as, if not more, dangerous as the monsters), George A. Romero Creator/GeorgeARomero cranked the anvils up to eleven in ''Film/DiaryOfTheDead'', where the main character flat out asks if humanity is worth saving at all over a clip of two guys using zombies for target practice. He could honestly be said to live on this trope.
25th May '17 9:30:11 AM drwhom
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* ''Film/Switch1991:'' Sexism is so bad that premeditated murder in this life and eternal damnation in the next (unless you manage to find the exit just in time) are just what's coming to you.
1st Apr '17 1:30:13 PM ZoeticCob
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* ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' doesn't make any effort to hide Nolan's skepticism of the Occupy movements.
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