19 Movies That Missed Their Own Point
Satire is hard. No matter how pointedly you condemn the tenets of society that make fight clubs and Gatsby parties look cool, you can’t stop fight clubs and Gatsby partie from looking cool as hell. Even a more straightforward story can get a little lost on the way to its conclusion. That’s how the Fast and the Furious franchise started out being about drag racing and now it’s about international superspies saving the world from nuclear holocaust.
Redditor xTrainerRedx’s “go-to example is Law Abiding Citizen.” They explained to r/Movies that Jamie Foxx’s lawyer character is determined to beat Gerard Butler’s vigilante through the proper legal channels, but he ends up not only breaking the law but being rewarded for it, proving the supposed villain right. There was, oh boy, so much contention regarding this reasoning, but nevertheless, they asked “What was a movie you saw that missed its own point it was trying to make?” and, uh, points were made.