“My glasses! I can’t see without my glasses”: The iconic phrase we all remember from TV and film as clumsy Velma Dinkley blindly stumbles into yet another troublesome situation with her old pal Scooby-Doo, and the rest of the Mystery Machine gang.
While we may find Velma’s optical struggles a source of amusement, in many classic movies, the action is driven by a character’s ability to be fully aware of what’s going on around them. From Robin Hood’s crucial aim with a bow and arrow to the meticulous spying eyes of Jason Bourne. Top notch vision is certainly a useful skill to have if you want your favourite character’s story arc to end satisfyingly.
But, what if like Scooby’s orange jumpered companion, the eyesight of some of our most beloved movie characters failed them at their most crucial moments? Well, the vision correction specialists over at Visian ICL have collaborated with top illustrator Wren McDonald to explore how some of the most iconic movies might have ended up if their characters had a visual crisis.
The team behind the project looked at six Hollywood movie characters from across the film genre spectrum, whose plots all depend on one moment with one concurrent theme: the need for a keen eye. The characters include Robert De Niro’s simmering Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver, Mark Hamill’s heroic Luke Skywalker in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Daniel Radcliffe’s Harry Potter in The Deathly Hallows Part II, Jeff Goldblum’s bumbling Jurassic Park mathematician Ian Malcolm, Harrison Ford’s intrepid adventurer Indiana Jones in Raiders of The Lost Ark, and Steve McQueen’s smouldering “Cooler King” in The Great Escape.
Among these movie greats are some of the most iconic scenes in cinematic history, including Taxi Driver’s infamous “You talkin’ to me” speech, Luke Skywalker’s quest to destroy the Death Star, Indiana Jones’ delicate cave balancing act, and Harry Potter’s final showdown with his nemesis, Lord Voldemort. Take a look at their alternative scenarios below to find out what would happen “if movie characters had poor eyesight.”
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