"Best" Movie Mistakes of 2011
12.23.11 by Mandy
MovieMistakes.com has just released the best movie mistakes of 2011, and one thing is clear from this list: This was the year of the script supervisor. The mistakes mentioned on the list are insignificant at best, proving that people are working hard in Hollywood keeping movie continuity tight.
While there are a few "real" mistakes, such as fallen items magically righting themselves, and Canadian maps that were supposed to be from the mid-twentieth century showing territories that did not exist until the 1990s, they are minor. Indeed most of the mistakes on the list don't seem like mistakes at all.
For example, number two on the list concerns Professor X and his disability. This summer's X-Men: First Class had the professor confined to a wheelchair in 1962, though a previous X-Men movie had him walking around well into the 1970s. This is not exactly a mistake. First Class was considered to be a reboot, not a prequel. Those sort of story changes happen in reboots. Similarly, Spock and Uhura kissing in the 2009 Star Trek wasn't a mistake made by someone unfamiliar with the franchise.
Other mistakes on the list also seem to fit into the category of "choice" rather than "mistake". Apparently in Source Code the repeating scene with a Canadian goose taking flight actually features a call from a mallard duck rather than a goose. It seems likely that the sound editor for the movie probably had a recording of a Canadian goose available, but preferred the duck call for that shot. In doing so, the editor probably knew full well that the birders of the world would spot the "mistake," but since a sweeping majority of the audience wouldn't notice the inconsistency, it likely was deemed a risk worth taking.
The number one "mistake" of the year comes from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, but it can be explained away fairly easily. In the movie, there is snow in Hogsmeade when the trio meets Aberforth, but when they take the passage to Hogwarts, there's no snow at the school. While that probably was a mistake, there's any number of good explanations for snow falling in one place and not another, especially when both places are chock-full of wizards and witches. You don't think the staff of Hogwarts could prevent some snow from falling if they wanted to? Sounds like someone needs to be introduced to Professors McGonagall and Flitwick.
Finally our favorite movie mistake of 2011 comes from Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is wearing a white cap when she starts walking up the stairs in the beginning of the movie, but when she gets to the bedroom there's no cap to be seen. There are two possible explanations for this. First, perhaps Rosie was doing a magic trick! Maybe she was trying to show the world her skills at sleight of hand. Meanwhile, the critics slam her acting without even noticing her attempt to impress them with close-up magic.
The only other possible explanation is that while watching the long shot that follows the model/actress walking up the stairs with camera tilted up towards her backside, maybe nobody involved in making the movie ever spared a glance for the top of Rosie's head. Ok, it looks like that one really was a legitimate mistake.