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  • Top 5 Training Montages

    Top 5 Training Montages

    August 11, 2010, 1:32 pm
    There’s a statistic out there that states that it takes the average person 10,000 hours to truly master something. My husband and I did the math, and it averages out to a little over 5 solid years if you treated your training like a 40 hour/5 day a week job with no vacations or long weekends. The beauty of film is that we don’t only condense those years into a matter of minutes with a montage, but we also suspend our belief as far as how long it actually takes to get really good at something. There’s an interesting (and bittersweet) article about the social implications of the cinematic training montage here: http://www.cracked.com/article_18544_how-the-karate-kid-ruined-modern-world.html (note, the author can be crude, so if you’re not into that kind of humour then don’t read it). But until we remember that it’s a lot harder to master something than it looks, let’s enjoy the artistic aspects of the training montage.

    Top 5 Training Montages

    Criteria:
    - Main character is training hard, and improving as the montage progresses
    - See #5 for a complete description.
    - Theory basics hold true!
    Top 5 Training Montages
    5. Team America (2004)
    If you were ever concerned about what the purpose of a montage was, or if you were ever confused as to why the editing structure in a montage works as well as it does, then all you need to do is watch this clip in Team America. (disclaimer: I found this clip on Youtube already, I’m not in the habit of uploading copyrighted material!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLuOl36vamI
    Top 5 Training Montages
    4. Rocky (1976)
    This is arguably the training montage that started the whole idea in the first place, and rightly so. This montage gets you pumped and excited, all the while seeing weeks of hard work crammed into a couple of minutes as our hero gets himself into prime fighting condition. My favourite part is the pacing, which not only fits the music, but makes sense to the viewer. A smooth and deliberate entrance into the montage though a slow build up achieves this.
    Top 5 Training Montages
    3. Kung Fu Panda (2008)
    Yeah, I know this is a cartoon— but it still fits the criteria and it’s done so well. The montage (theory) is so smooth, and they still manage to keep a certain degree of stylization in there at the same time. I will never get over the colour treatment in this film.
    Top 5 Training Montages
    2. Peaceful Warrior (2006)
    This training montage is epic, and the montage (theory) is beautiful throughout. I have nothing but praises, also, for the pacing.
    Top 5 Training Montages
    1. Rocky VI: Balboa (2006)
    Here we are again with Rocky (yes I went through each film). Although the original is a classic montage, I really liked the treatment of this one. It goes back and forth between Rocky and his competitor, and you really get the feeling that he has some serious adversity to overcome. For me, editing-wise, this actually takes the training montage a step further, and actually forces us to remember that the other party is training just as hard. It’s more real this way, and paired with a great pace and some really nice montage/continuity choices, it makes my #1.

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