you still don't know, the movie was the blockbuster Schwarzenegger vehicle,
'Commando', and if you didn't see it, you didn't miss much. It is a preposterous
film, bulging with a typical kind of eighties excess. It performed very
well at the box office ten years ago, but if it was released today, the
film would be laughed out of the cinemas.
However, watching the film now, two things become alarmingly apparent: Firstly, the extent to which our ideas as to what constitutes the figure of the hero have changed over the past ten years, and secondly, that the underlying homoeroticism that energises the action movie is the most persistent and crucial element that characterises the action
and the situations that he finds himself in, so that in many ways, action
films can be seen as providing a spectacle which allows for the legitimate
appreciation of the male body in a way that is thrilling for straight men.
Obvious parallels can be drawn with the spectacle of boxing, and in this
light it becomes clear how the film 'Rocky' served to not only launch the
career of Stallone, but also how it whet the male appetite with a taste
of the pleasures in watching the powerful male body in action, and thus
paved the way for the body-builder as action hero.
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