Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Overheard on I-89 South:

Went with Marko to catch a matinee of The Avengers yesterday. I'm not, on the whole, a big fan of superhero movies but, like both Iron Man movies and the Batman reboots, this one transcended the genre and was really enjoyable. Plus explosions. Driving back to Castle Frostbite, however...
Me: "You know, I had no problems with Asgardian gods, giant gamma-ray mutant dudes, or flying aircraft carriers, but Scarlett Johansson's teacup Weaver really threw me out of the moment for a second, there. It messed with my willing suspension of disbelief..."
I'll also note that I had difficulty wrapping my head around the idea of a Glock 26 in a tactical drop-thigh rig; the sight was jarring like... I dunno... like a space-saver spare on a race car.

31 comments:

ExurbanKevin said...

Heh. Don't get me started on how 95% of the "photographers" in movies hold their cameras...

Stranger said...

As one of those oddballs who just has to see what's steadiest for me - Weaver is more like Waver.

The only things that count is what percentage of holes are at the aiming point, at what range, and how quickly the first on target shot was fired.

So I won't criticize your grip if you don't criticize mine.

Stranger

Robin said...

A teacup Weaver? Well, I won't see the movie now.

Rob Reed said...

Good thing you aren't into archery or Hawkeye's form would have really bothered you. For archery, it's worse than teacup weaver is for pistols.

Rob (Trebor)

Yrro said...

I wonder if anyone has ever made the reverse mistake? Like using a modern isosceles in a WW2 movie.

TomcatTCH said...

I've been hung up on the Glock 26 myself.

I have only seen the previews, but i just don't understand why anyone would go into battle armed with not only a handgun, but a sub combat handgun at that.

Brian said...

The only thing that was jarring about BW's Glocks was the stock plastic sights. I kept thinking "the first thing any pro does with a Glock is get aftermarket steel sights."

David said...

BW was carrying pistols? I'll have to go watch it again. I must have missed them the first time...

Actually my main complaints with all the pistol handling in the movie is that they were trying to shoot things at ridiculus distances.

Secondly - they have hydra weapons, and teseract powered phase 2 weapons and they are all carrying slug throwers? Maybe one as a backup, but as a primary - I want the raygun.

Joseph said...

I stopped going to movies for firearms training when I passed 15 or so.

You could go on and on about many things in the movie (F35 carrying a nuke cruise missile?). My main thought when I saw ScarJo's Glocks was that S&W missed the marketing opportunity of a lifetime with their newly introduced M&P SHIELD! Hello! Anyone paying attention there at M&P marketing headquarters?

In fact, I thought it would be a given since it appeared that Director Fury was carrying M&P's.

Bubblehead Les. said...

Before everyone gets all fired up, I've yet to hear about anyone complaining about Han Solo using a Thigh Rig.

And Han shot first.

Tam said...

Joseph,

"My main thought when I saw ScarJo's Glocks was that S&W missed the marketing opportunity of a lifetime with their newly introduced M&P SHIELD! Hello! Anyone paying attention there at M&P marketing headquarters?"

Heh. I hadn't thought about that. :D

BTW, I am agog at the number of folks who thought I was being serious in this post. :S

Les Jones said...

Glock 26 in a tactical drop-thigh rig

BECAUSE TEH SEXXY

Pakkinpoppa said...

Of course...any excuse to show ScarJo's thigh. A 17 or 19 would likely have blocked part of the view.

Speaking as a man who likely won't see the movie until it's on Dee Vee Dee.

Joseph said...

BTW, I am agog at the number of folks who thought I was being serious in this post. :S

Be thankful nobody is yelling at you for not including SPOILER ALERT in the post.

ExurbanKevin said...

A director that takes the time to get the hardware right and train people how to use it is a direct that cares about the details, and it'll show in the rest of the movie.

Anonymous said...

ScarJo has not learned the first rule of women gunfighters.

Cleavage and hot brass do not mix.

I'm not complaining.

Gerry

Kristopher said...

Of course she needed a thigh rig. That way the hot brass will fall out of her decolletage when she re-holsters.

Anonymous said...

Funny stuff. While not geeky enough about pistols to ID the model on sight, I did think that she brought an awfully small heater to fight off an alien invasion.

In her shoes, I might have up-gunned a tad - with one of those fancy new blasters maybe.

Kevin said...

My only complaint:

Why didn't Captain America carry a 1911 and a Thompson?

Les Jones said...

Black Widow's not alone here. Why does Wonder Woman fight crime wearing go-go boots, a bustier, and star-spangled panties?

BECAUSE TEH SEXXY

Old NFO said...

LOL, standby for the firestorm... You dissed a Glock :-)

Cafe45 said...

It's on my "see on DVD" list - actually since I almost never go to the theater anymore (tired of paying to watch advertising) pretty much all movies are on that list.

For SJ, I'd think a hip holster with a larger gun might have presented an award draw geometry. The thigh rig probably works better for the acrobatics (I'm guessing she did a lot of acrobatics??) you know - does't dig in to your side during the whirling aerial kicks.

I have no opinion on the Glock - only fired one a few times.

toadold said...

Somebody posted that directors are the ones that prefer the tea-cup since less of the actor's face is obscured than with the standard two hand grip with a face on front or front quartering photo shot.

mariner said...

Ahh, yer just bitchin' cause it wasn't a 1911.

;)

Anonymous said...

Real men shoot offhand, with their other hand tucked into the smalls of their backs. Everything else is fingering a teacup, buttercup.

Brad K. said...

@ David,

"but as a primary - I want the raygun. "
Remember, the Phase 2 stuff is in development. It won't be ready until at least the sequel.

Mark said...

And noone has said anything about her 2 gun mojo in the trailer. Also where are her extra mags? At least Cap has pouches on his belt for carrying mags if necessary.

Windy Wilson said...

Kristopher ftw!

docjim505 said...

TomcatTCH - i just don't understand why anyone would go into battle armed with not only a handgun, but a sub combat handgun at that.

Ditto. All the other superheroes have superhero weapons to fight off an alien invasion, but all she's got is THAT?

Unknown said...

It's humorous which things mess with peolpe's suspension of disbelief.
Had a conversation with my parents (both private pilots) about why I (a geek by trade) didn't like shows like "Person of Interest." Dad was all excited about this dramatic scene where 'the two hackers are fighting via computer'... and I explained, "For me, that's like if you saw a movie where the pilot of an airplane suddenly yelled 'I need 120 degrees of flaps or we'll crash!'"

A Reader said...

Unknown: I don't watch Person of Interest because the underlying theme seems to be 'NSA to the Rescue!' or maybe 'The Surveillance State Can Be Used For Good'.