Tuesday, June 18, 2013

It All Trends: Hugh Jackman

Welcome to the first of many potential articles about interesting and unusual trends in film: It All Trends!

This idea has been growing on me for some time, and I've wondered if anyone else has noticed it. Have you? Hugh Jackman seems to continually take/steal children in films he leads. I'll take you through those I've found, and please tell me if I've missed any.

CAUTION: spoilers ahead!

The Prestige (2006)

Here, Jackman plays Robert Angier, a magician struggling to keep audiences amazed in rivalry with another magician; yet, obsessed with discovering the secret to his best trick. He ends up framing the other for murder, and stealing his child.

This is the most outright of those I found. What's the deal with Jackman playing the good guy lately? He does a good cruel.

Real Steel (2011)

Here, Jackman plays Charlie Kenton, a forgotten boxer and robot boxer alike who finds that his ex has died and his child, Max, might end up in his care. He agrees to allow Max into his ex-sister's care for a price to buy a robot, but must have him for the summer. When that time is up, he refuses the offer he'd made, thus going against the ruling, and taking Max.

In opposition to the first example, viewers will side with Kenton/Jackman on this one. But does this make it right to steal, even if the stolen (Max) approves?

Rise of the Guardians (2012)

Here, Jackman plays Bunnymund, the Easter Bunny (who is real, of course). At one point in the film, a young girl manages to follow him into a portal of sorts to the Warren, his home, becoming trapped there until Bunnymund befriends and returns her.

This one's a stretch. It's not completely his fault she came, and he did return her. But I think it's still worth noting.

Les Misérables (2012)

Here, Jackman plays Jean Valjean, a convict who....well, you know it by now. Moving from bad guy to good, in his view, relies upon taking and raising the child of a deceased ex-employee. This child is in the "care" of innkeepers. He pays them and walks off with her.

This plot detail as portrayed in the movie is good, but depending on the viewpoint and editing, could be a very sinister and despicable act.

That's all I have for now! Have you found any of this in Jackman's other films?

Look for more "Trending" articles later.

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