Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Summer’s Breakout Star? Archery

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.

8 comments:

  1. Anonymous8:40 AM

    I'm surprised you didn't mention Moonrise Kingdom. There is a pivotal scene that just happens to pivot around an arrow.

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    1. Ah yes. And I even just saw that one Monday.

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  2. Am I the only person who heard the newest trailer for Brave and thought that they kept saying "merde" instead of "Merida" when talking about the princess? Will the change the name in France?

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    1. Yeah, the Scottish brogue makes it hard to distinguish. That said, Merida's name also sounds like merida, the Spanish word for "shit," and there's a city named Merida in the Yucatan. So maybe they're used to hearing words that sound like obscenities?

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  3. Anonymous7:58 PM

    There were a few last year, too. That one with the teenage girl going up against the CIA comes to mind.

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    1. Ah yes. Hanna. Maybe this is all someone's plan to build an army of young American superarchers.

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    2. Anonymous5:59 PM

      and a bit on the darker side, there was We Need to Talk About Kevin

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    3. Which I hadn't seen. How does archery figure into Kevin?

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