Friday, September 22, 2006

Everyone's Hero, Part 2...sort of

I'd originally planned to post this part closer on the heels of the first one, and ideally before the film was released. Now that the film has been out for a short stretch, it probably won't mean as much, but here it is in a nutshell...

I'd heard/read several comments prior to the film's release about how the first trailer gave away the plot of the film, and people were less interested in seeing it if they already knew the ending. True, it did reveal a lot about the begininng and end of the film. What it didn't reveal much, though, was the middle...the journey.

You see, if films were about nothing more than beginnings and endings, they'd be dull. A lot of what makes them interesting and appealing is the journey in the middle...the experiences the characters go through on the way from the beginning to the end, and how those experiences change and influence them. While the end of a film is certainly important, it is nothing without the journey. So while we may say we go to a film to see how it ends, I have a hunch we're really going for the journey. It's the journey that gives the ending its power.

Now, while the journey in Everyone's Hero may not be earth-shattering or mind-blowing in its depth and complexity, it most certainly has an impact on the end, and there are some fun things that happen during that journey that make the end more meaningful. So even though you may know how the film ends, I think it's worth seeing for the journey.


Benjamin De Schrijver said...

True, but I personally felt that what the trailer showed was not only what character arc he goes through, but a lot of how he goes through it. What was shown not just gave away the beginning and the ending, but you could pretty much guess what the important lifechanging things were in the "journey". I haven't seen the film, mind you, I don't even think it's been released here yet, but that's the impression it gave, and that's not a good one to give :-)

timeless said...

Hey Justin! It's your mentee, travis here. Just wondering if you will get around to detailing what shots you were able to do in this flick.

I missed it in the theatre, it just came in netflix and I am watching it now.

you rock, sir!