Posted by Myrrh on December 22, 1997 at 17:43:20:
In Reply to: Re: the hunt posted by Rich on December 22, 1997 at 12:24:07:
Really enjoyed all the comments on this so far. Thanks, guys.
I agree with Rich--while the alternative idea (of making it look like Hawkeye was being stalked by the other two) would also have been exciting and interesting, that desperate, hard-driving plunge through the forest, sometimes in near unison, grabbed and intrigued the viewer right from the opening moments, especially since we'd just been told that the continent was about to explode into war. I too found myself thinking 'who are they chasing? are they being chased? by whom? something horrible is going to happen any second now!' It really got my blood racing right off the bat!
I think it was a great way for Mann to suck the audience right smack in. And then to have it turn out to be a hunt for meat and skins, the necessities of life...well, immediately they have been completely sanctified for us, the strong, noble men of the earth doing what must be done, and then being so reverent about it, saying a prayer over the elk, demonstrating they are truly at one with the natural world. Not only are they strong, smart and incredibly capable (and, well, beautiful), but they are also gentle and reverent. Wow! My heart was about to burst with admiration!
I also like the explanation offered earlier, that they had tracked the elk and were running around and ahead of it to ambush it.
I also agree that since they were being presented to us as heroes, above the abilities of "regular" people, the improbable stuff kinda didn't matter. To those of us who aren't experts at hunting or the wonderfully minute historical details of 18th century pioneer life that Mike, Bill, Joe and others have regaled us with, our three heroes didn't seem too far fetched, just superlatively capable. (In fact, that's one of the things that makes them so dadgum attractive, right gals?!)
Thanks all you wonderfully knowledgable guys!
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