Whisky has been an integral part of most of our lives. But what would happen if it was part of some of our all-time favourite movies? Would they end differently or be a completely different film due to the presence of whisky? And what would happen if we removed whisky from an iconic scene in an iconic film? Here's exploring the imaginations of whisky in our favourite films.
Star Wars: Episode V (The Empire Strikes Back)
If you've watched Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, you just know they could have used a flask of whisky on the ice planet of Hoth. Whisky could have saved Luke from hypothermia without the need to crawl into a tauntaun, which, Han Solo makes clear, is not remotely pleasant. But that is the smallest detail that whisky could have changed for the film. In fact, whisky could not only have changed the fate of this film but all subsequent stories in the Star Wars universe.
Picture this. Luke Skywalker, learns of Lando Calrissian’s betrayal of his friends and decides to go on his one-man rescue mission. Now, you don't really have to be Yoda to figure out the kid is too ambitious, but Yoda does warn him not to go. Which of course Luke ignores. So far, it's the familiar story. But once Luke reaches Darth Vader's layer, things get interesting. There sits the Sith lord with a bottle of matured single malt and two glasses, waiting for Skywalker.
'Let us drink, young Jedi, before we fight’, says Darth Vader.
Luke sees no reason not to mooch a drink out of the Empire’s treasury. Half a bottle later, Darth Vader reveals that he is Luke's father. Luke, overcome by his childhood need for a father figure, finds it difficult to say no to Darth Vader's request to join him and decides to learn the Sith way of life. The Empire strikes back indeed.
We’ve all watched the legendary Robin Williams run around in this safari-in-the-city story battling giant alligators and the terrifying hunter Van Pelt. But what if Jumanji was a drinking game?
Every time the characters roll the dice the players have to do a shot of whisky. Since, Alan (Robin Williams) is the only character legally allowed to drink, he has to do all the shots himself. But there is a catch. All the characters that the game brings to life are also as drunk as Alan from the last throw of the dice. The monkeys are too drunk to terrorize the city, the alligator just wants some alone time, and Van Pelt, in his inebriated state learns how he came into being, decides his life is a lie and gives up pursuit of the children. The players can now beat the game in peace. Whisky: for the win.
There are quite a few theories that surround The Matrix Trilogy like the pills were a lie or that Neo was not the One. But the possibility we explore today is quite different.
Instead of extravagant fights, the virus (Agent Smith) convinces the characters to sit and drink with him and breaks their spirit with explanations of how the blue pill didn't do anything to help them and that they were still acting according to code protocol. A complete infection of intent. In a similar manner, Agent Smith tries to convince Neo but the being the One has gotten to his head and he challenges the agent to a fight. But after all those drinks he can barely stand let alone dodge a bullet in his iconic acrobatic move. The bullet hits him in the head and the machines win.
The Shining (If there wasn't whiskey)
We all know the scene from this Kubrick film when after being accused of abusing his son, Jack Torrance goes into the Golden Room of the Overlook Hotel to get a drink. There he encounters a ghostly bartender who offers him bourbon.
However, when he looks for it, he learns that it is out of stock. Jack Torrance, frustrated with the bartender, leaves without ever meeting the ghost of Grady and, thus, never being convinced to 'correct’ his wife and son. He does come across the woman in room 237 but now he is only trying to protect his family, and not murder them.
Quite boring isn't it? This goes to show that no good can come of removing whisky from stories.