40. Armageddon

Can someone please tell me why? Why ARMAGEDDON? All I have to say is that I’m glad I saw this movie when it came out, and that I won’t have to watch it again. The illustration below has more to do with my love of Steve Buscemi than anything else.

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8 comments

  1. I’m not defending Armageddon or anything, and god knows I haven’t watched it in over a decade, but maybe if you watched it again you’d find some value in it…maybe.

  2. God, awesome illustration man. I actually havent seen the movie. And reading reviews like this one dont make me feel obligated to.

  3. Oscar: Ok, Mr. Truman, let’s say that we actually do land on this. What’s it gonna be like up there?
    Truman: 200 degrees in the sunlight, minus 200 in the shade, canyons of razor-sharp rock, unpredictable gravitational conditions, unexpected eruptions, things like that.
    Oscar: Okay, so the scariest environment imaginable. Thanks. That’s all you gotta say, scariest environment imaginable.

  4. Armageddon may seem to be a film about a rock on its way to destroy Earth. But it isn’t. It’s about much more than that. The rock is merely the platform on which two men work through their central issues in order to meet their common desire. No, not to save the world. To keep Liv Tyler safe. But to meet their desire, a very cleverly mapped character journey must occur.

    Affleck’s flaw is that he cannot work with others. He must overcome this in order to win the respect of his opponent and father figure, Willis. In doing so, Willis can trust him to be Grace’s husband in his absence after death. This allows their common desire to protect Tyler to be met.

    It’s important to note here that the asteroid is not the opponent but the antogonist. It forces the change in the two men but they are each other’s opponent, most pertinently outlined by the fact that they have the same desire, which brings them into constant conflict. But it doesn’t end there.

    In winning Willis’ respect, Affleck has in turn laid the ghost of his lacking father to rest. And by learning to accept Affleck for his daughter, Willis has in turn addressed his own issue of inadequacy as a father – because Affleck is Willis when he was younger and his inability to accept Affleck as a suitor for his daughter is about his inability to accept himself as an adequate. father to her.

    So, by accepting himself, he has uncovered his internal lack. By accepting Affleck, he has beaten/neutralised his opponent, sending him back to Earth to look after Tyler meets his desire and in dying he is reuinited with his deceased wife so he not only lays his wife’s ghost to rest by doing right by her but he is rejoined with her which is why his death is seen as a victory, not a loss in the story.

    Blockbusters might seem shit. But they often really aren’t. I hope this incites people to go back and look again at what might seem like another expensive mess but is actually the reason I became a screenwriter.

    1. Well, thank you for stopping by and taking the time to leave such detailed thoughts. I admit, I’ve softened a bit since posting this, and I agree that ARMAGEDDON is awfully successful at what it’s trying to do. But I’m afraid it’s never going to be a personal favorite. 🙂 I do still love Steve Buscemi, though.

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