Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Joust

Action sequences in today’s movies are emotionally ineffective because there’s nothing realistic about them. They’re like video games—movement that dulls the senses more than engages them. More is less.

For instance, the combat between Achilles and Hector in “Troy” isn’t remotely believable. There’s a lot of jumping around that’d be more in place in a Chinese kung fu movie. Too many fight scenes show the influence of video games, cartoons, and pro wrestling.

The joust between Rodrigo and Don Martin in “El Cid” by comparison is utterly involving and exciting. Great pageantry sets up the fight. Once it begins there’s not a wasted second—both combatants fight with complete urgency. Nothing looks easy. Swinging around heavy broadswords wasn’t easy! The viewer senses their weight. The large screen puts you into the contest. You feel like one of the participants. The result is a thrilling movie experience.

1 comment:

BradyDale said...

The Greatest Fight Scene of all time is Rowdy Roddy Piper's in THEY LIVE, an awesome action movie send-up that sets the send up standard. The one where he tries to get his friend to try on the special sunglasses.


I haven't seen that movie in way, way too long.