I’ve said before that Joel McHale makes a good point, but it’s especially remarkable this time because the point was offered without sneer, snide or snark. Said the McHale today:
Yes, he obviously left out the biggest archery-centric movie of the year, but seriously — what the hell? What bug got into the collective mind of the moviemaking community and said “Hey, aren’t bows and arrows really cool?”
I’m happy that The Avengers, Brave, Snow White and the Huntsman and The Hunger Games can combine forces to make kids nationwide convince their parents to shell out big bucks for top-of-the-line bows and arrows and archery lessons. No, really. I am, because those parents all need to learn a valuable lesson about how their uncoordinated children, when placed in certain contexts, can imperil the lives of other children. But it does seem odd that there’s be such an spike in archery representation in mainstream cinema. Is it the fault of the Olympics?
For what it’s worth, McHale did eventually recognize that he’d left one movie out.
And for what it’s worth (non-famous person edition), I’m betting that this autumn will be the shotput’s moment to shine.