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Title: Was Quentin Tarantino marketing idea right?
Post by: standtall on April 17, 2011, 10:10:01 PM
I read on Wikipedia that Quentin thought Unbreakable would have been better marketed with the question "what if Superman was on earth, and didn't know he was Superman [rather than as a psychological thriller]

I think its a good question...what do you think?
Title: Re: Was Quentin Tarantino marketing idea right?
Post by: Namaste on April 18, 2011, 12:20:21 PM
Nope. It would have made the whole "am i super human or is he just crazy?" part of the movie (about half of it) pointless.
We're supposed to identify with Dunn's character, not Mr Glass.
Title: Re: Was Quentin Tarantino marketing idea right?
Post by: standtall on April 18, 2011, 02:25:00 PM
I like that, 'am I superman or is he crazy'---thats a very good way to describe David's dilemma...but I'm not sure if it swings our allegiance. In other words---I hardly think anyone would agree with Elijah's rationalization for his evil acts---to find David
Title: Re: Was Quentin Tarantino marketing idea right?
Post by: Namaste on April 18, 2011, 11:05:35 PM
well what I'm saying is that Tarrantino's tagline would push us more toward Mr. Glass's point of view and limit our identification with David in his uncertainty.
Title: Re: Was Quentin Tarantino marketing idea right?
Post by: standtall on April 20, 2011, 05:32:09 PM
I think you're underestimating folks...I think fans of Unbreakable are smarten than that.
Title: Re: Was Quentin Tarantino marketing idea right?
Post by: Namaste on April 20, 2011, 11:13:06 PM
Fans, yes. First-time viewers, no. For me, when I first watched it I really did question whether or not the whole thing about super powers was true. I thought it probably would turn out to be true, but it was important that we figure it out along with David and go on his same journey. It would have spoiled it if we were told from the tagline that he really was comparable to superman, before we even sat down to watch the movie.
Title: Re: Was Quentin Tarantino marketing idea right?
Post by: standtall on April 21, 2011, 03:19:23 PM
I think you're right. We may have been less uncertain about his true identity...but I think we'd still enjoyed following David...and it may have had the effect of increasing our curiousity of 'when is he gone get it.' And I think we'd still identify with him---in the sense of---maybe not knowing what makes us special...more than just 'ordinary.' Not like everyone else.
Title: Re: Was Quentin Tarantino marketing idea right?
Post by: Rohan on April 22, 2011, 09:41:01 PM
Tarantino is a fan of Unbreakable and he said it as a joke what we are reading on wikipedia. I think the film's original tagline is smart and clever marketing strategy,  ARE YOU UNBREAKABLE?
Title: Re: Was Quentin Tarantino marketing idea right?
Post by: standtall on April 24, 2011, 05:12:50 PM
I know he put it on his top 20 films list since 1992
Title: Re: Was Quentin Tarantino marketing idea right?
Post by: Rohan on March 01, 2012, 06:22:23 PM
The truth is that almost every dialogue of the film can be a tagline. :)