The achievement of Marvel Studios in crafting its Infinity Stone saga over the past ten years, without losing its audience, is perhaps one of the greatest cinematic long-form projects in history.
Indeed, Marvel’s superhero films from 2008 to 2019 are not only cinematic milestones but they are also examples of how not to get lost in special effects and big-budget action sequences by focusing on the personal story arcs of each of its characters.
So while many people are turned off by the superhero genre, perhaps because they think it appeals to young children, they should actually look closely at how the character arcs of the main characters shift and change over the years. And that has to be credited to the love and care of the writers, directors, and producers involved with the project.
So inasmuch as the awesomeness of Avengers is its longevity, its awesomeness is also because of the intense love and care by the studio in charting and tracking the character arc, psychologically and emotionally, over the years. Thus making the series fresh, interesting, and unpredictable.
So minus its success at the box office, the Marvel films are awesome in terms of not losing its focus on its main characters. And that is why audiences are not excited about watching the next Marvel film but they are also excited about watching what happens next to their favorite superheroes.
At the same time, they also know that the filmmakers treat the viewer with respect by also treating the characters they love with equal love and respect.
And that is what also makes the Marvel films such a delight and success because the filmmakers do not treat comic book heroes with ridicule or disdain but treat them for what they are and what they could be in terms of expressing heroism, courage, and fortitude under duress.
While this film is basically about two brothers fighting each other as MMA fighters, The Central conflict of the film is also something that is rather close to my heart and life story.
It is essentially about two estranged brothers and their relationship with their guilt stricken father.
The reason I like this film, other than the fighting scenes, is the sensitive display of masculinity and machoism.
For those who are looking to be inspired I highly recommend Good Will Hunting (1997). Directed by Gus Van Sant and written by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, the film saw the late Robin Williams winning an Oscar for his performance as the tough but caring doctor in the film.
I choose this scene because I felt that it not only gave Williams a wonderful monologue to play with but that it also allowed Damon’s character a moment of introspection.
The Bitch as Avenging Angel in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill (2003)
Kill Bill is an awesome movie. And The Bride in Kill Bill is an awesome character. Indeed, Quentin Tarantino himself is a filmmaker that frustrates inasmuch as he entertains his audiences and subverts the expectations of everyone. But most notably, Tarantino is not only recognised as someone who is a cinematic auteur but is also something of a cinephile who adapts shots or sequences from earlier films in his own works. Indeed, his innovation as a writer-director (and there are many; tense dialogue, unique action sequences and music choices) is largely based upon his hard work to subvert, overturn and, indeed, recombine discrete elements from different genres and films to surprise and jolt his viewers.
In Kill Bill (2003), Tarantino reconfigures the received conventions of the revenge film genre – most notably the Death Wish film series of the seventies – by replacing the man with the woman, the innocent with the guilty, and the victim with the perpetrator whilst drawing upon the the action aesthetics Japanese samurai and Chinese martial arts films. But most importantly, the director does not use the standard “normal everyday joe” as his protagonist. Instead, his avenging protagonist is a super female assassin who is determined to do whatever it takes to avenge her loss.
Indeed, Tarantino’s greatest achievement is to write, direct, and create a Film Role that is not only a Woman in a leading role but a fearless and awesome character in of herself. The director does not only reconfigure but decidedly highlights the potentiality of women as not only the equal of evil men but also the apex of them.
Indeed, the protagonist was never a victim or positioned as one. Rather, the character is typically ambushed, surprised, and/or taken advantage when she is either incapacitated or unconscious.
That is because she is a Superheroine and a Symbol of Women Power who is able to mother as well as kick ass. She is someone who does not suffer fools inasmuch as she does not try to let others stand in her way. She is also highly skilled, determined, and hardworking. And most of all, she is not simply a killing machine. But someone who cares and loves deeply.
The cinematic influence and legacy of Bruce Lee is immense. Not only is he simply a martial artist, but he has crafted a specific kind of action style, movement, and performance that continues to inspire latter-day filmmakers.