(This article incorporates some spoilers for Zack Snyder’s “Army of the Dead” on Netflix”)
Zack Snyder didn’t have plenty of choices for dumping Chris D’Elia from the zombie flick “Army of the Dead” after he was accused by a number of ladies of grooming and sexually harassing them after they have been underage. Under the circumstances, digitally subbing him out in favor of a a lot better comic in Tig Notaro was in all probability the best choice, for the reason that function is simply too essential to the story to be fully eliminated.
In “Army of the Dead,” Notaro performs Peters — the helicopter pilot who’s gonna fly the crew out of zombie-infested Las Vegas after they pull off their on line casino heist. Peters is a vital piece of the story, notably towards the top of the film. So it’s probably not a job you possibly can simply eliminate with out making some plot modifications. Sure, there are different methods Snyder may have reworked the story so it features with out Peters, however this was in all probability the best choice because it wouldn’t require the story to vary a lot.
Unfortunately, the change is fairly distracting, as a result of Notaro by no means fairly appears like she’s in the identical scene as everybody else. This is a hazard that comes with the territory while you’re making an attempt one thing like this, and truthfully there wasn’t a lot of an opportunity that Notaro can be a wonderfully seamless addition — “Army of the Dead” is a mid-budget film, not a mega-budget spectacular. There’s solely a lot you are able to do should you aren’t throwing all the cash at it.
So let’s check out what I’m speaking about, beginning with a manufacturing nonetheless that Netflix launched.
Notaro isn’t really on this scene within the completed movie — she’s on the roof of the constructing after they open the vault. I don’t know if which means this was only a picture they took for the advertising that they photoshopped her into or a deleted scene (my guess is the previous). But it’s emblematic of what a lot of the precise pictures with Notaro in “Army of the Dead” are like.
Let’s zoom in somewhat bit.
So the factor right here is that every one the opposite actors are issues within the scene. Except Notaro, who seems to be wanting immediately into the digital camera. This is mostly what it’s like to take a look at her scenes. She’s not fairly what she’s speculated to be , or the lighting doesn’t fairly match up, or simply her normal look doesn’t fairly match, like she exists in a better decision than everybody else. It’s refined uncanny valley-type stuff — they approach Tig Notaro appears within the film isn’t fairly according to what the remainder of “Army of the Dead” appears like.
Most of the time, Snyder and co. attempt to work round this drawback by not having her be in the identical pictures as the opposite actors. But that doesn’t actually work both. A fantastic illustration is her introductory scene with Dave Bautista and Ana de La Reguera. It’s a easy shot-reverse shot scene, but it surely’s bizarre.
First factor right here: the lighting, which is totally different on Notaro’s aspect of the fence than it’s for Bautista’s aspect. For Bautista, the solar is immediately above him — you possibly can inform as a result of the highest half of his head is lit up, and every little thing beneath his cheeks is darkened by shadows. But for Notaro, the solar of on her left, as a result of all the proper aspect of her face is shadowed, and the left aspect is properly lit.
If you’re not shopping for it, evaluate the shadows forged by Bautista’s glasses to these forged by Notaro’s headset. The glasses shadow is immediately down, whereas the headset shadow is down and to the left.
Notaro’s efficiency, in the meantime, doesn’t assist. That’s not essentially her fault although — her efficiency has the identical whiff of awkwardness that everyone knows properly from these elements of “Star Wars: Attack of the Clones” when Ewan McGregor must maintain conversations with CGI characters.
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