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John Byrne
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Posted: 07 November 2019 at 7:20am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

I'd been picking up some buzz on this one, and it sounded intriguing. Last night, I watched a "making of" documentary, and most of my misgivings were eased--but others were added.

The doc showed two of the gags in the movie. The first has the young hero talking to a girl he has found hiding in his mother's attic. He realizes what she is and why she is hiding. The exchange goes something like this:

SHE: What am I? Say it!

HE: A Jew.

SHE: Gesundheit.

Ha ha. Except, they'd be speaking German, wouldn't they? So he would have said something like (phonetically) "ein yuden", or just "yuden". Which sounds nothing like a sneeze.

Later, the Sam Rockwell character is raging at his men because he sent them out to get dogs, and they came back with... German shepherds. Men.

Ha ha. Except, German Shepherds are not called that in Germany. They're called, in German, "sheepdogs".

I now fear the whole movie will be peppered with stuff like this, and constantly pulling me out of the plot.

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I saw JoJo Rabbit with a friend who's the son of a German immigrant and speaks German fluently; he assures me the movie is indeed peppered with that stuff.
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There's also a group of peppy, young, identical Nazi boys identified as the clones. The filmmakers knowingly took licenses for the sake of  jokes and whimsy. Including language.

Is Star Wars ruined when you hear the battles in space?



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STAR WARS would be “ruined” for me if there were scenes that depended on there being sound in space.
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I agree, had Star Wars have a scene where the sound in space was necessary, it would have lost me.

Oh, wait. The Force Awakens has a scene that depends on people in one star system watching a death ray cross the galaxy & blow planets in another star system up. They watch this, in real time, through the naked eye. In daylight.

That really does ruin that movie for me because a lot of the film depends on that scene & that particular weapon.
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Along similar lines, I couldn’t get past the first episode of Neil Degrasse Tyson’s remake of COSMOS. Not only sound in space, but asteroids tumbling around in close proximity when they’re really about a million miles apart. This in a show proclaiming “scientific accuracy”.
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