“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. ■