Why Awkward Violence is the Best Kind of Movie Violence

I’m not really a violent person in any way; I tend to be of the opinion anything can be resolved through rational conversation or some other, creative solution.

Violence doesn’t happen in a vacuum, it has a very real and immediate consequence to it. Sometimes the consequence is even a lethal one. What’s troubling about how violence is portrayed in film is it’s often robbed of these consequences.

More often than not, superpowered beings are seen pummelling each other over and over without so much as a black eye (looking right at you Scarlett Johansson).

It’s refreshing when violence feels authentic, has a consequence, and yes is perhaps a bit awkward.

Check out this video essay on the topic from one of my favourite YouTuber’s, Nerdwriter.

What did you think? Should violence in movies be more awkward? Should there be more consequence? What should a creative’s responsibility be in how it’s portrayed in film?

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  • Brenden Bell

    Screenwriter, Editor, Blogger, and Visual Content Manager

    Brenden Bell is a screenwriter, video producer, editor, teacher, and Visual Content Manager with The Initiative Production Company. He loves eating ice cream, everything nerdy/dorky, thinking too much, and dogs (mostly just the big ones, but he’s open-minded)

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