August 18, 2006

The Importance of a Title

I have just returned from the first local showing of Snakes on a Plane, starring Samuel L. Jackson. It featured three key elements:

A) Samuel L. Jackson battling

B) Snakes

C) on a Plane.

Normally, I'm something of a stickler for verisimilitude. It drives me nuts that Cillian Murphy is way too young to be a head doctor at a mental hospital in Batman Begins, for example. But in a movie that goes by the name Snakes on a Plane, profound violations of logic, zoology, and physics are part of the campy charm. That the studio actually toyed with changing the name to Pacific Air Flight 121 is remarkable; under that banner, it would have been just another bad movie. But with the title Snakes on a Plane, it's just about perfect.

Posted by John Tabin at August 18, 2006 12:42 AM