It seems like the NRA is going to have a quiet year with movie criticism. Instead, movies like “Brave” have replaced guns with a medieval weapon: the bow and arrow. Four hit movies have used the bow and arrow as a featured weapon and the majority of them feature girls at the helm of the archery skill-set.
What makes the bow and arrow so appealing? Analyzing each movie reveals so much about the characters, their weapon of choice and the future of the bow and arrow in movies and television.
Katniss Shoots Her Way Through “The Hunger Games”
The year started with the highly anticipated film based on the book “The Hunger Games.” In the movie Katniss uses her archery skills to hunt animals for the poor district she lives in. The means of survival takes on a whole new meaning when she enters an elimination death battle known as “The Hunger Games.”
The bow and arrows become the key to Katniss’ survival and one of her true comforts in the games. Fans will see plenty more bow and arrow action in the upcoming sequel “Catching Fire.”
Snow White Gets Deadly
No, I’m not talking about the whimsical “Mirror, Mirror” but the dark and violent film “Snow White and the Huntsman.” Snow White is shown like never before, dressed in full armor, swinging swords and amazingly talented in archery.
Not only are the female heroes rising in cinema, but they all seem to skip the go-to weapons for typical heroes like guns and other explosives. In many cases, the arrows seem like the smarter choice. There’s more accuracy, you need more talent than a gun and it actually makes the females appear more sophisticated with their weapon choice.
How many times are moviegoers going to witness the cliché shot of an arrow buzzing through the air and hitting the target? Add in a pair of 3D glasses and dizziness ensues after five or six scenes.
Millions of people have already seen The Archer in “The Avengers” and this could potentially spoil a lot of the action featured in “Brave.” The tangling rope, a small gaping hole, and so many small targets have already wowed audiences that exciting scenes could be reduced to boredom.
Back in 2003, the villainous Bullseye even managed to get accurate shots using just a paperclip in Marvel’s “Daredevil.” Pretty soon archery may cross-over genres in a romantic comedy featuring Cupid, an arrow-wielding Michael Myers in “Halloween” or a Lifetime movie about a falsely archer on trial for murder.
As the archery themed films reach Blu-Ray towards the end of the summer, people will find more competition on the small screen when “Arrow” debuts. A slight spin-off of “Smallville,” “Arrow” features a new origin story of the Green Arrow and every episode features plenty of archery action.
Let’s hope all this archery doesn’t let “Arrow” miss it’s rating bull’s-eye.