What do we expect from a good movie? Usually an exciting plot, good acting and a beautiful picture. But some directors are also surprised us with the attention to small details that don’t affect our perception of the film at all.
Percival Graves’s pendant (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, 2016)
In the interrogation scene of Newt Salamander (Eddie Redmayne) part of the pendant shaped like Deathly Hallows peeks out from the pocket of Percival Graves (Colin Farrell), a kind of hint to the audience that a person in front of them is actually the dark wizard Grindelwald. Grindelwald is known as a dangerous magician, obsessed with the idea of possessing the Deathly Hallows.
Doc’s t-shirt (Back to the Future trilogy)
When Emmett Brown and Marty rush through the Wild West, viewers periodically see them with scarves on their faces. If you look closely, it becomes clear that Doc uses his own T-shirt from the first part of the trilogy as a scarf.
The name of the demon (The Conjuring 2, 2016)
In one of the scariest horror movies of our time, one important detail constantly appears. In the frame several times you can notice the name of the demon — Valak, — which later scares the seven main characters.
Masks (Baby Driver, 2017)
In Baby Driver this bank robbery scene was supposed to include the Michael Myers from Halloween (1978) but the studio couldn’t get the rights. Edger Write reaches out to Mike Myers and asked if they could use his likeness for the masks. He thought it would be funny and said yes.
Eyes of Galadriel (The Lord of the Rings, 2001)
Galadriel is the last elf in Middle-earth to see the light of the Valar Trees. That is why her eyes reflect the light of stars.
To achieve this effect, the filmmakers had to use special lighting installations and garlands when filming her.
Tom Cruise in the western (Young Guns, 1988)
In the film “Young Arrows” you can briefly see Tom Cruise. He’s playing someone, who is killed in one of the shootings.
The actor accidentally ended up on the set and asked to be in the movie, because he had never played in Westerns before and was very interested.
Allusion to “Sex and the City” (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, 2008)
Peter Bretter, the hero of the movie In Flight, drinks a cocktail in a bar and quotes the series Sex and the City. The moment he says, “How are you, Miranda?” — Cynthia Nixon walks past him. It was she who played Miranda Hobbs in the before mentioned series.
Recognize the replicant (Blade Runner 2049, 2017)
In the film, you can recognize the artificial creation by carefully looking at the eyes of the hero when he looks up and to the left.
By the way, at the beginning of the film, the viewer also needs to look in the upper left corner: the first word he sees there is “replicant”.
Familiar Boy (Groundhog Day, 1993)
In the film “Groundhog Day” there is a scene in the hospital where in the background you can see a boy with a broken leg. This is the same guy that Phil later saves from falling.
Books without titles (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, 2004)
In the scene in the bookstore, viewers see unusual books. None of the roots have names.
The director specifically intended that because Joel, played by Jim Carrey, could not recall all these small details.