Ive seen this conversation come up a lot recently so I’d like to try to explain my understanding of cinematic timing.
I believe it’s when 2 fast characters with similar speed fight eachother at seemingly human speed so the audience can see what’s going on.
Ill use Raimi Spider-Man as a example.
He sees humans in slow motion.
They show flashes punch in slo mo from Pete’s perspective.. this is backed by WOG.
“Everything and everyone slows to a crawl”
I have tons of these feats.. I’ll put them under the spoiler block.
I have more for Tobey, Andrew, and Tom
So pretty solidly Spidey can see humans in slo motion… but why doesn’t he see Goblin, Ock, Lizard, etc etc in slow motion?
Id say it’s because they all have explicitly enhanced speed.
We see every stat of goblins is maxed out on the oscorp computers.
Agility maxed out, reflexes maxed out, synaptic relays maxed out.
Ock has a ton of speed statements.
Speed of thought, Machine gun speed, Blur speed.
Lizard has enhanced speed.
etc etc etc.
I don’t think fighting villains with explicitly enhanced speed takes away from seeing humans in slow motion(or any other speed feat) even if the fights look kinda like human speed.
They do play with speeding up and slowing down the fight scenes.. like when Spidey hits the glass we get a few frames of slo motion.
The previs on this scene looked pretty neat as well.
So sometimes they make backround details like glass fall slow, but sometimes they don’t.. they cheat a bit to make for a better audience experience.. the Spider-Man creators explain this.
They cheat things like gravity a bit, so you never really see Spidey frozen in the air waiting for gravity to pull him down, and its the same across most mediums..without cheating things like gravity a bit flash would run off the earth, or have to wait for his foot to fall… the physics get weird so they cheat it a bit for viewer experience.
And that’s what I think this is all about, viewer experience, it wouldn’t be a very good movie if everyone was always in blur speed, or with too much slo mo.. they still have to tell a story and make a movie here.
I don’t think fighting villains with explicitly enhanced speed takes away from statuing humans even if the fight between people with enhanced speed sorta looks human speed.
TDLR: Sometimes creators make 2 people of relative speed look like they are fighting at human speed so the audience can follow the action.