What is a trope, well a little bit of explanation is required because every video is someone’s 1st, so we’ve got to make sure were not leaving someone behind, when it comes to movie terminology.
A trope can be a plot trick, a narrative structure or character type. For example in Lemony Snickets, where Jim Carrey’s character Count Olaf uses an evil version of the trope The Charmer. Olaf is the type of guy you can’t help but like, even if he’s got you wrapped around his little finger. Within the movie, the infant sunny can only be understood by her siblings. Sunny is The Unintelligible: a character who speaks but we the audience don’t understand them, in this case though, we do get subtitles. The Star Wars franchise loves to use this trope.
The character Klaus as the movie states is obviously a Bookworm where his special ability to never forget what he reads, and his sister Violet is a Gadgeteer Genius. She can build anything using anything around her, which also triggers the trope MacGyvering. Where she saves the day on more than one occasion by making gadgets out of unlikely things. When a trope like this distracts the viewer rather than serving as shorthand, it becomes a cliché. Count Olaf is the best version of the devil in plain sight I’ve seen to date. Jim Carrey’s character is so obviously up to no good. He constantly attempts to infiltrate the Baudelaires lives in order to steal their fortune. And with the exception of the children, none of the other characters appear to notice his evil intent. As literally no one believes the Baudelaires claims against him throughout the entire movie, this makes them Properly Paranoid.
To get close to the Baudelaires guardians, one of the many ways Olaf does this, is by repeatedly disguising himself in ridiculously over the top ways. This leads to the trope, Bluff the Impostor, When someone you know is acting strangle and you suspect they’re an impostor, what do you do? You call their bluff of course! Adults Are Useless:
Every adult in this film is shown to be gullible, stupid or cowardly, especially the guardians of the Baudelaires. This trope is common in films that revolve around teenagers or children. Such as The Fratellis in The Goonies, where have no problems with the police but they can’t quite handle a bunch of teenagers.
Right for the Wrong Reasons
Mr. Poe rightly removes the Baudelaires from Oafs guardianship but that’s due to Mr Poe wrongly believing that Olaf let the baby drive!
When a character comes to a conclusion based on what they perceive are facts. Their conclusion is correct but the assumed facts themselves are wrong. In Home Alone, Harry and Marv notice something strange about Kevin and begin to follow him. When he runs, they conclude something’s up because, “I knew he looked at me weird! Why would he run?” Of course the real reason the 8 year old ran, is because two creepy guys in van were following him. The Freeze-Frame Bonus, this trope speaks for itself, my personal favourite is chore number 2. We Sell Everything: Sunglasses, liquors, and magazines. Everything you’d expect in your typical roadside convenience store. Stealth Pun: The children’s Uncle Monty owns a lot off pythons. The Cutaway Gag, Family guy uses this trope a lot, it’s where a character says something, and then the scene instantly cuts to a throwaway joke related what the character said.
The Dirty Coward is a trope where an unlikable character only thinks of themselves and will backstab anyone if it benefits them. For example when things get desperate for Aunt Josephine, she shamelessly sells out the children to save her own skin. Too Dumb to Live: Her character may be irrational, and she’s made some pretty crazy comments. But some things just shouldn’t be said, correcting a murderers grammar after you’ve just convinced them to spare your life, isn’t one of them. (Con Air FBI guard)
Shout-Out:There is a portrait of Count Olaf in a Shakespearian garb, this is almost an exact duplicate of a picture of John Barrymore playing Hamlet. The leech attack scene is a lot like the shrieking eel attack in The Princess Bride.When the orphans knock Captain Sham over he cries “Children of the Corn!”Laser-Guided Karma: At the end of the film, Olaf is found guilty in court and put through most of the situations the orphans were forced into before his sentence. This trope is in the Avengers, where Loki spends most of the moving belittling the Hulk. So there are no prizes for guessing who gets a slice of humble pie in that scene.
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