A properly choreographed fight sequence is very much akin to an intricate dance. The individuals involved flow and shift with each other’s moves to form a seamless piece that is more effective than the sum of its parts. As a long time fan of martial movies, I’ve seen this time and time again– both in the films and in the interviews that accompany them on DVD. However, the same can also be said for action sequences in general in film– they’re all about motion. It’s what separates a film from other visual media like comic books. The effective use of movement enhance a scene where as too much motion can utterly destroy it. (Anyone remember the motion-sickness inducing car chase as the end of the Bourne Supremacy?) Director Jon M. Chu seems to employ motion effectively in the clips we’ve seen thus far– keeping his camera perspectives steady for the most part while letting the visual focus be on the actors and the subjects of the scenes. The audiences eyes are draw to the motion of the film, not the motion of the camera trying to capture the action and the result looks like it will be a visual feast for the eyes.
It’s good to see the G.I. Joe brand being treated in such a respectful fashion rather than as a “live action kids cartoon” this time around.
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