Shootouts are cool, fists fights are neat, but there are few things in action cinema more riveting than a great sword fight. In some ways, they’re the best of both worlds. They’re over the top, elegant, violent, subtle and often display the best cinematic choreography and cinematography the medium can muster. But, how do we celebrate such feats? How do we honor the Darth Maul battle with Obi Wan and Qui-Gon? The Beatrix vs. Cottonmouth duel in Kill Bill? The glory of Hellboy’s blade skills? The hilarity of Jack Sparrow’s “talent?” Well, how about an epic montage that brings them all together with a host of other blade battles throughout movie history?
You have to love the editing in this one. It’s just the perfect kind of video that allows you to sit back and admire something we all take for granted far too often. And that music… really, it’s the Santa Esmeralda track – “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” – that really sells this one for us. It’s joyous, but also complicated. Elegant, but powerful. You know, like a sword fight.
Come to think about it, it’s been a while since last we got a really great sword fight on screen lately. There’s plenty of decent fist fights and gun battles that come to mind, but sword play? Sure, there’s a handful of examples on the likes of Game of Thrones, but what about the silver screen? Perhaps in addition to a new Avengers and Star Wars film, 2015 can also bring a fresh take on the sword fight to the movie theater.
What’s your favorite cinematic sword fight? Let us know in the comments below.