No matter how self-aware we think we are, we often don’t see things right in front of us. Our flaws. The way we treat others. The piece of spinach stuck between our teeth.
Where would the movies be without this trope – out inability to see what’s right there. How many romantic comedies do we – the audience – see that the protagonists are in love and they are blind to it? Answer: All of them.
My favorite “don’t see it” movie is a class hybrid of action thriller, brilliant director, and the two greatest cheesy lead actors of my lifetime – John Travolta and Nicolas Cage – Face/Off.