10 best training montages in movies
Let’s get down to business! Few storytelling tropes can be as high-energy, adrenaline-pumping, and nail-biting as the workout edit. The underdog hero or naive novice has to get dirty and perfect their craft with blood, sweat, tears and incredibly catchy music to tie it all together.
Not all heroes prepare to fight to save the world, but the best training montages show the struggle, the trial and error, and the belief of these characters to stick with it to the end.
X-Men: First Class (2011)
One of the best x-men films among a litany of its earth-shattering sequels and predecessors, X-Men: First Class wouldn’t be complete without its practice mount. The film departs from the “First Class” members of the comic books and has many familiar faces from Fox’s first trilogy missing from the lineup. This gives the public plenty of reason and time to familiarize themselves with lesser known mutants.
The montage keeps the momentum going with a split screen between each of the characters honing their abilities between nuggets of sage advice and plenty of witty banter. At the heart of the montage are Charles (james mcavoy) and Erik’s (Michael Fassbender) poignant “Rage and Serenity” scene.
The Incredibles (2004)
Pixar’s beloved super family movie features a short but sweet workout montage where Mr. Incredible (Craig T Nelson), after years of retirement from superhero work in a stuffy job, returns to the limelight with a new costume and a new benefactor to relive his glory days. The editing brings life back to a character who lives dull days with little color or excitement in Pixar’s beautiful animation.
The scene, staging by Michael Giacchino brassy jazz score, divides the time between Bob’s super workouts, weight bench trains, much livelier and happier time with his wife and childrenand the crawl towards a smaller waistline, with some jokes for parents in the audience.
Disney Animation by Mulan The “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” sequence doubles as a brilliant vocal and practice edit. As the ill-formed and unprepared soldiers of ancient China race to become a fighting force capable of taking on the invading Huns, the track tells what it takes to beat their opponent in stunning animation.
At the center of it all is the arrow stuck in the post that Mulan (Ming Na Wen) and his comrades-in-arms have been tasked with retrieving – who have proven highly elusive to anyone attempting to do so. Instead of packing up and heading home, Mulan takes on the challenge and by the end of the edit, has climbed the ranks, collected the arrow, and finally earned the respect it deserves.
Rocky IV (1985)
No workout rig list is complete without by Sylvester Stallone Rocky franchise. Each film features its own edit filled with that 80s musical flair, but Rocky IV montage pits the titular boxer against Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) blow for blow, a great overview of what’s at stake, what makes them perfect enemies, and what’s to come.
Drago trains surrounded by a team of trainers, state-of-the-art exercise machines and expensive health monitors, while Balboa fights through the snow, turning his surroundings into a gym with a team of hard-to-find experts, just a few solid friends. In a franchise known for its edits, Rocky IV is the trope at its finest.
batman begins (2005)
Small in spectacle but rich in Batman character history and film themes, the training montage of batman begins seeks to take that of Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) anger at the death of his parents and make it useful, to give him “the will to act”. by Liam Neeson Ra’s Al-Ghul’s portrayal of classic Batman villain is less of a cartoonish cultist and more of a more dynamic tragic hero who believes in absolute justice and revenge above all else, and tries to convey that spirit to an ever-relentless Bruce. grief.
The montage ends with Batman still having a lot to learn, instead of immediately becoming the familiar Dark Knight of the trilogy, something from many other Batman movies tendency to jump.
edge of tomorrow (2014)
This sci-fi war movie’s time loop gimmick sets its training montage apart from many others. Cage (Tom Cruise) happens upon an ability to reset time with his death used by the film’s alien antagonists. Before him by Emily Blunt Rita Vrataski possessed the power, which was then to train Cage to survive long enough to escape the carnage to come.
The montage uses its gimmick to the fullest, with quick cuts between Rita shooting Cage, her many failed attempts to beat the sims, and an angry soldier’s penchant for calling him a maggot. He walks on the border between intense training and brutal humor and as edge of tomorrow as a movie, can be watched over and over again.
dirty dance (1987)
If the Rocky the franchise captures the grueling demand for blood, sweat and tears, dirty dance captures the frustrating boredom of learning a new sport. by Jennifer Gray Babe tries to learn the basics of a box step from an impatient by Patrick Swayze Johnny in a rehearsal, rehearsal, rehearsal training montage that sees her raise her hands more than once.
The duo’s spats throughout the edit and the rest of the film as Baby learns more complex steps, only serve to make the film’s final dance number when Johnny successfully catches him all the more satisfying. .
Cool races (1993)
Nerdy? Yes. A perfect balance between comedy and charm? Yes too. Cool races centers on four members of a last-minute Jamaican bobsled team who only reunite after failing to qualify for athletics, to compete in the Olympics – by any means necessary.
This results in a crash course for the team on the bobsled when they’ve never seen snow before. The team is coached by a disgraced bobsleigh coach, played by John Candywho takes on the challenge of preparing the team to rival Candy’s comedic style.
kung fu panda (2008)
Many kung fu movies feature a wide range of cinematic fight scenes and training montages. Dream works’ kung fu panda was a surprise hit given its ridiculous premise on paper, and a lot of that success comes from the animation. Specifically, the workout mount is set to the incredible Hans Zimmer score combining 2D and 3D animation and electric choreography.
The editing also stands out for that of Master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman) unconventional training to better reach his unorthodox pupil, PO (Jack Black). It features a wand battle over dumplings and a seashell game that cleverly foreshadows the film’s climax and some of its best music.
Team America: World Police (2004)
Set to the “Montage” track, The American team the satire is hilarious and self-aware, written by the creators behind South Park. The song indicates that one of those cinematic tropes, the training montage, is just what the characters need to prepare to face the combined might of the North Korean dictator. Kim Jong Iland the Film Actors Guild.
The editing is about as cliched as it gets, poking fun at other famous movies like Rocky and the nature of the montage itself. It makes full use of its puppet actors, showing characters firing miniature machine guns, running on treadmills, and practicing noodle martial arts.Next: 10 Classic Movie Trends That Need A Throwback
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