Alan Taylor Once Again Expresses His Displeasure With The THOR: THE DARK WORLD Final Cut And Mid-Credits Teaser
Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige has said on numerous occasions recently that Marvel doesn’t give final cut approval to directors, Marvel has the final say in how the movies are put together before being released. The studio “doesn’t feel comfortable” giving that power to directors. Alan Taylor has also said numerous times recently that he wasn’t too thrilled with the final cut of the film. He has also said that he’s not a fan of the mid-credits scene, which he’s happy he didn’t direct. In an interview today with The Huffington Post, the director once again talks about things being outside of his control. He talks about death in the film, though he doesn’t reveal the characters. If you want to avoid that completely, the second blockquote isn’t for you.
Taylor was asked about the exposition heavy opening. Taylor said his cut of the film wouldn’t have spoon fed audiences so much, but he has to defer to Marvel. He does admit they have a good formula, so he can’t fuss too much:
I think that is sort of the structure that was found in post. The early versions of the movie that I have tremendous affection for, there was a lot less exposition up front. And it was sort of… kind of discovered it along the way — and the decision was made. It’s a common dynamic, I think, to sort of front-load everything you need to know so that, precisely, the audience can sort of relax and have fun for the latter part. That was sort of the tug-of-war during post.
I think my impulse is always to sort of trust the audience and to not feed it too directly. But, obviously, there’s a very successful model for these things that seems to work very well. So, who am I to quibble?
After talking about filming some additional scenes a few months ago to get another two Loki scenes, one exposition heavy, Taylor talks about being the director who kills people. He filmed memorable death scenes for The Sopranos, Deadwood, and Game of Thrones. While he doesn’t say who bites the big one in The Dark World, he does tease some deaths:
That’s funny. I got lucky for a while. After we killed Christopher Moltisanti in “The Sopranos” (that is my favorite death scene, where Tony has a car crash and he kills his own cousin just by pinching his nostrils shut); after doing that, I looked back and I realized that I killed Caesar on “Rome” and Wild Bill Hickok on “Deadwood” and Ned Stark on “Game of Thrones,” and I felt like my job was executioner or something. The episode, major things were happening in them and major emotional events are taking place and the scale of the storytelling is really satisfying. And in this one, we got to kill, or sort of kill, two major characters. And that, I think, is part of the darkening of the movie from the first one — that we were taking on things like that. The idea, in my mind, is that Thor is a character who continues to grow and he’s not just a static superhero and, in the first film, he went from being an impetuous prince to being somebody who is more responsible. And, in our film, he continued to grow up and went through the darker phase of growing up where you start to realize the world is more complicated than you thought and what you wanted might not be what you really want. In my mind, when we started calling it “The Dark World,” it wasn’t just elves — it was adulthood [that] is the Dark World. And that’s what he’s growing into and part of that was losing people he loved.
Finally, Taylor once again trashes the mid-credits sequence. He filmed the final scene and is really happy with it, but he’s not a fan of the (highlight to read since it may be a spoiler) [James Gunn] directed tease:
If you mean the scene in the middle of the credits? Marvel went to town this time. We end the movie and there’s a middle credits sequence and then there’s a bit at the end, which has one of my favorite shots in it. I did the stuff at the very end. I am very happy to say I did not do the sequence in the middle of the credits. I’m more than happy to pass that honor on to someone else [laughs].
You can read the full interview by clicking the source link below. Taylor says he’s proud of the work he did and he liked the story he told, but he’s obviously not pleased about everything. Marvel rarely uses the same director twice, but I don’t think Taylor is going to be asked back anytime soon. He’s rumored to be the director of The Terminator reboot, so I guess he’ll muddle through somehow. The film is getting solid reviews so Taylor can’t be mad on that front. What do you think about the director’s comments?
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Source : Huffington Post