In many ways, the idea of the super-hero is a pretty ludicrous one.  With costumes derived from circus strongmen, plots from the pulps (and later soap operas, thanks to Stan Lee) and a heaping helping of self-importance, stories of costumed adventurers run on The Rule Of Cool.  Superman’s ability to ignore physics, The Flash’s reality-breaking speed, even the question of where in the blue hell the X-Men get the energy to power their mutant powers (Cyclops alone should have to consume enough fuel to power a small city), the only question that matters is, ‘Is it awesome?’  So, when the movie implies that Eric Draven carved out a crow shape, filled the trench with lighter fluid and ignited it to make a point that only helicopter pilots and people who lived in the penthouse could see, it only works because of how incredible the visual is, which leads us to today’s plot-driven query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) honestly found the Crow scene to be acceptable with the quasi-mystical elements in play, but had massive problems with the same scene being cribbed for Ben Affleck’s ‘Daredevil’, asking: Which movie moments would be utterly ridiculous if they weren’t awesome examples of Rule Of Cool?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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  1. March 21, 2015 at 12:53 pm — Reply

    Ending of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Until that last scene, there was absolutely nothing implying actual magic or power of the god existed, so it came suddenly from nowhere. It could have been too much and stretching suspension of disbelief too far if it wasnt sold that well and should I say, with face melting special effects for the time.

  2. Alisha
    March 21, 2015 at 1:00 pm — Reply

    One thing that I always found a bit ridiculous in the “Highlander” franchise was how the various Immortals concealed swords under their trenchcoats so flawlessly that you couldn’t see ANY hint of it until they needed them to fight with. It was almost like they had an extra power to pull objects from within a pocket dimension within their coats. I’ve tried to do it myself and it is darn near impossible even with shorter swords.

    Morphing/Henshin sequences also make the list of “Things that look cool but seem a bit illogical” for me. In the time it takes for them to make their cool pose and do their role call/weapon flourish/etc, a villain should easily have been able to attack and stop them (or even kill them). Similarly, the extended sequence of the mecha combining seems a bit unreal. In the whole time it takes for the mecha to change and then connect, why doesn’t the giant sized monster just walk up and get in the way, knock them over or otherwise interrupt the sequence? I know a few series, like Dekaranger, made a bit of an explanation for it (in Dekaranger, the actual combination apparently took mere seconds, a “you miss it even if you don’t blink” type dealie), but in other series it always sits in the back of my mind that the monsters/aliens/demons/etc. must be REALLY slow and stupid to not try that.

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