The Age of Enlightenment Kicks Ass!
Finally saw "Brotherhood of the Wolf" after hearing many, many recommendations about it (all right, two recommendations, and one was in passing in the Movie Game discussion thread).
For the uninitiated, BotW is about a French folklore story taking place sometime in the 1700's (pay attention to that, because we'll come back to that in a moment). A huge beast is terrorizing the countryside, and the King sends two messengers to take care of the threat.
All right, "blah, blah, blah," I think...until ten minutes into the film when one of the messengers STARTS KICKING ASS MARTIAL ARTS style. I had to go back in the DVD to watch that again because I sat there, thinking, "Oh, HELL no. Not only is this out of context for the time period, but it's a blending of two genres that simply DON'T MIX."
And the weird part is, it continues this way for the course of the movie! Imagine guys in those tri-point hats suddenly drawing swords and fighting each other, Matrix-style. And those prissy guys in French court costume taking off their velvet jackets and roundhouse-kicking each other.
Apparently, this thing was wildly popular in Europe, which got me thinking, "Why not? This could open up a whole new dimension in stuffy American costume dramas!"
Imagine, if you will:
*George Washington and General Cornwallis settling things mano-a-mano with a sword and a spear...
*Or the Aaron Burr/Alexander Hamilton duel, this time with "Praying Mantis at Rest" and "Drunken Monkey Style" fighting.
*Or Ulysses Grant and Robert E. Lee taking off their coats, drawing lines in the sand with their feet, yelling, and rushing each other, only to clash with a mid-air leap.
*Steven Seagal as General "Stonewall" Jackson.
*Freud and Jung settling their philosophical differences...with a little kickboxing. (Freud cracks his knuckles as we zoom in on Jung's eyes, narrowing at his opponent. Both men scream and engage in a lightning series of punches, ducks and dodges.)
The possibilities are endless!