Five famous film archers

“The Hun­ger Games: Mock­ing­jay Part 2” is fi­nally in theat­ers, but there are plenty of oth­er movie arch­ers be­sides Kat­n­iss Ever­deen. Here are five such skilled deadeyes.

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“The Hun­ger Games: Mock­ing­jay Part 2” is fi­nally in theat­ers, but there are plenty of oth­er movie arch­ers be­sides Kat­n­iss Ever­deen. Here are five such skilled deadeyes.

Leg­olas in “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hob­bit” tri­lo­gies: Played with age­less grace by Or­lando Bloom, Leg­olas, the aloof, yet re­li­able, blonde elf who suf­fers no fools, al­ways nails his tar­get by us­ing his cat-like in­stincts. Wield­ing an elvish bow and a seem­ingly end­less sup­ply of ar­rows, the agile arch­er’s high­lights in­clude “surf­ing” down a stair­case while off­ing foes in “The Two Towers,” and single-handedly killing an en­tire ele­phant in “The Re­turn of the King.”

Robin of Lock­s­ley in “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves”: He didn’t play Brit­ish, but Kev­in Cost­ner still made for a knock­out Robin Hood in this con­tem­por­ary ’90s clas­sic, which saw the A-Lister shoot burn­ing ar­rows at the min­ions of his archenemy, the Sher­iff of Not­ting­ham (Alan Rick­man), and use one ar­row to split an­oth­er cleanly dur­ing tar­get prac­tice. Ex­tra points to dir­ect­or Kev­in Reyn­olds for cre­at­ing the il­lu­sion of the cam­era fol­low­ing the ar­row’s path.

Prin­cess Me­rida in “Brave”: Re­leased after what many con­sidered to be Pix­ar’s golden age, “Brave” was largely over­looked or frowned upon by many, but rarely do we see a fe­male hero so cel­eb­rated in an­im­ated film. Me­rida (voiced by Kelly Mac­don­ald) doesn’t want to be be­trothed to a prince; she wants to define her­self with her own pur­suits, in­clud­ing the male-dom­in­ated sport of arch­ery. The skill is a meta­phor for Me­rida’s ad­oles­cent arc, which, com­plete with a strong ma­ter­nal bond, proves to be on point even­tu­ally.

Masked In­vader in “You’re Next”: Mil­it­ary-trained as­sail­ants sport­ing creepy an­im­al masks shouldn’t ex­actly be cel­eb­rated, but the re­l­at­ive in­genu­ity of arm­ing one with a deadly cross­bow is one of the many nov­el choices of the hor­ror gem “You’re Next.” In this genre, folks of­ten think they’re safe if they stay in­doors, but that doesn’t mat­ter when one bad­die can fire ar­rows through win­dows, off­ing at least two vic­tims in the pro­cess.

Robin Hood in “The Ad­ven­tures of Robin Hood”: Per­haps the quint­es­sen­tial Robin Hood flick, this Tech­nicol­or clas­sic star­ring Er­rol Flynn as the tit­u­lar swash­buck­ler still thrills with its epic sword­fights and fly­ing ar­rows. Along­side le­gendary cost­ars like Olivia de Havil­land and Claude Rains, Flynn em­bod­ied the boy­ish hero­ism that came to define Robin, his grin a trade­mark of the dash­ing out­law. ■


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