Sunday, June 10, 2012

Misheard Lyrics: Enchanted's That's How You Know

I hear the best couplet from Enchanted (2007)'s show-stopper as:

You've got to show her you need her
Don't treat her like a Magritte-uh
Apparently the real lyric is
You've got to show her you need her
Don't treat her like a mind-reader
Sigh. I know the official lyric makes more immediate sense, but my mishearing is much better thematically, where it counts. Note that Enchanted (2007)'s charm confirms the common wisdom that 2007 was a movie year for the ages: even the very silly movies were pretty great (OK, the last act of Enchanted is everything you fear it might be, so 'pretty great' is stretching it: it's two thirds of a pretty great film.)

Note that THYK missing out on the Best Song Oscar at the hands of Once's 'Falling Slowly' was a bit of a crime. While Once (2007) itself was pleasant enough, FS always struck me as a pale imitation of slow Radiohead stuff like 'Fake Plastic Trees' and 'No Surprises'. The problem for THYK appears to have been at least partly electoral in nature: Enchanted got three of the five song nominations, which almost certainly led to a division of support. I conjecture that if THYK alone had been nom'd from Enchanted then it would have romped home (esp. if Eddie Vedder's 'Guaranteed' from Into the Wild (2007) had picked up one of the now open nom slots, thereby dividing Once's 'indie' support base).

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