Monday, June 18, 2007
*Groan* I'm sore. I'm not quite 40 yet, but my body reminds me everyday that it isn't 25 anymore. I'm pretty physically active, but my knees like tell me to knock it off on a daily basis it seems. So I can't help but think, wouldn't it be great to be an action hero? Able to shrug off bullet wounds like a skinned knee, tape together those pesky broken bones with duct tape and keep on throwing the bad guys through walls? Boy, I wish I could do that. Seriously though, I love action movies, but it seems like every time I watch them anymore, I can't help but focus on the amazingly quick recoveries of the heroes. Yeah, I must be getting old. My husband was watching Kill Bill the other night, and I should have known better than to sit down; I get sucked into this thing every time it's on. I walked in during the major fight scene of the film, when Uma Thurman's character goes into full samurai attack mode before finally confronting O-Ren Ishii. The funny thing is that it wasn't the major, over-the-top fight scene that made me think oh come on. No, oddly enough, it was when O-Ren Ishii cut Thurman across the back and Uma gets up and keeps fighting after the token, oh ouch, moment. If it had been me, I would have lied there, unable to raise my arms, as O-Ren cut me to ribbons. But in the movies the hero can take that kind of abuse, win the fight, and hop on his/her motorcycle and ride off to fight another day. Man, I wish I could do that. Another thing I totally love is when the director makes a token effort at realism and allows the hero to suffer. Just a little. Remember Die Hard? If you don't then maybe go rent it. I think another sequel is do to come out this year. But I digress. Anyway, If you've seen the original that you'll probably remember the scene when Bruce Willis' character walks over broken glass. Ouch! Yep, he was actually shown bleeding and limping, at least for a little while. They allowed him to look a big haggard at the end of the film, even going so far as to allow his white t-shirt to become really soiled. And for action films, this movie makes a major effort to show the star taking some punishment. But really, could any of us jump off the roof of a building tied to fire hose, crash through a window and survive? I'm thinking no. Don't get me wrong. I love action movies and I really wouldn't want them to be too realistic. But as I get older, it gets harder not to notice just how easy it is for these characters to get up and walk away after being thrown across the room. My back aches just thinking about it.