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When Movie Directors Are Lying and What I Dislike About "Columbo"

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I've seen "Gone Girl" the movie. It was really great and I recommend it to everybody looking for two awesome movie hours. I haven't read the book by Gillian Flynn. However, I've heard that it is great and very thrilling.

This blog entry is about a single aspect of this movie. The issue I am referring to is not anything specific to this specific movie only. My opinion here is probably highly subjective and you may not agree at all. Drop me a comment, if you've got a different point of view.

What dislike about "Gone Girl" was, that the director shows us scenes that never happened in a manner as if they happened. The viewer is watching a person doing things that actually never happened this way. This movie trick is a method to confuse or mislead the viewer. I don't like being misled, when I enjoy trying to figure out some puzzle, some mystery on my own while watching. Seeing a "false past" is nothing but a red herring.

Lying is in the nature of human beings and therefore lying should be part of movies about humans as well. However, scenes based on lies or imagination should not be visualized the same way than scenes that happened in the reality of the story. Directors, you can do better. You can achieve the same effect with different methods as well. I am confident.

For a similar reason as above, I also dislike Columbo, the American detective mystery television film series a bit: There is a very cleverly designed plot about a murder case. Unfortunately, the bad guy - usually, it's a man and not a woman - is revealed right from the start. I, as a watcher, am not allowed to solve the puzzle before the detective is doing so. No competition between my brain and the brain of the great maestro. And Mister Columbo does always know the bad buy instantly. I can not recall any episode where Columbo was chasing the wrong guy for a second. Although this TV series is great, I dislike this one aspect of lost potential.

This opinion might be strange or a geekish. My mind does like to dive into this artificial world, into this riddle, that was made for my pleasure. I want to identify myself with the detective, to "help" him solve the mystery, to get this small kick of being clever.

Do you agree?

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