Movies, including martial arts movies, are highly subjective. Some people’s idea of masterpiece is another’s idea of corny rubbish.
Today, the 20th July 2013, is the 40th Anniversary of the death of one of the most iconic actors and martial artists of all time, Bruce Lee died 40 years ago today at the age of 32. Lee the legendary iconic screen actor, who almost exclusively ushered in the Martial Arts movement, died from an allergic reaction to a muscle relaxant in a painkiller. Its a massive shame that Lee died at such a young age, but it shows in his status, that even in people who were not even born when Bruce Lee was alive, still follow the name and are massive fans of Bruce Lee today, due to his screen presence, charisma, and expertise that came across in everything he did.
This month also celebrates the 40th anniversary of Enter The Dragon, which was Bruce Lee’s final full film, as he died before the premiere in August. Enter The Dragon is considered by most as Bruce Lee’s best film. I’m not sure the main reason for this, maybe it’s because of the high dose of action and precision martial arts by Lee in nearly all of his scenes (which are actually quite short and tame compared to his other films), or the pure energy of every look towards the camera that Lee would give (no one can beat that), or just the simple fact that this was Bruce Lee’s final film, and with many being so emotionally attached to Enter The Dragon, for those reasons above, and many more. that everyone uses this as a notch in the remembrance of Bruce Lee, and why not.
I watched Enter The Dragon again last night, the night before the eve of Lee’s Anniversary (which I’m sure many Bruce Lee fans did), just to remember how good this film was. It is, its good, but for Lee as an actor, it shouldn’t be on such a high pedestal that it seems to be. Pure and simple, Bruce Lee had been in much better film all round, and its just that some scenes here in ETD are so iconic, and even some sounds are so iconic, that many people regard this film so highly, and why not, as i said at the start ‘Movies Are Subjective’.
Its that there that makes Bruce Lee such an icon, the likes of that sound “ahhhhhhhyiiiiiii” used by so many people today,Lee who put this impression in modern culture, he acting expertise, charisma and intensity, make Bruce Lee today, someone that everyone still wants to be. Its a shame that he died at such a young age, as it would have been fascinating as a movie goer, a action fan, a fan of extreme talents, to see what Bruce Lee would have been doing in his 40s 50s or 60s, and behind the camera he could have been someone special too. I’m glad thought that still now, people still look up to Bruce Lee, in more ways than one, and his legacy continues to get stronger everyday