So, here’s a new thing that I’m doing:
Every Monday I will be handpicking a selection of movie montages that have a common theme or relate to each other in some form or another. Or maybe it’ll be a montage made up of montages, or a montage about montages–who knows!
Superheroes in Training
To kick things off, I’m starting with a subject that’s near and dear to my heart: superheroes. Ever wonder how Bruce Wayne transformed himself into Batman, or how a group of awkward mutant teenagers became the X-MEN? Was it through years of rigorous training? Nay! It was the power of movie montage.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
X-Men: First Class
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Because montages, aside from typically being set to awesome music, are the magical Cliff’s Notes of editing. How else could filmmakers cram so much information and lengthy passages of time into a two-hour movie? Team America said it best:
Show a lot of things happing at once,
Remind everyone of what’s going on (what’s going on?)
And with every shot you show a little improvement
To show it all would take too long
That’s called a montage (montage)!
Where would we be as a society without Julia Robert’s shopping montage in Pretty Woman to remind us that even hookers are real people with feelings? Or Rocky’s inspirational training montage to imagine in our heads as we work out on the treadmill? A world without montages is a world I don’t want to live in.
And why Mondays?
Simply because I thought “Movie Montage Monday” had a nice ring to it. If this was a game of Scattergories, I’d have just scored triple points.