As desperately as we girls love our romantic comedies, period dramas, and kissing scenes…boys love their action adventure movies, right? Well, the truth is that I love action adventure movies, too! (Especially if they have good running…i.e. Shia LaBeouf in the Transformer movies, Eagle Eye, etc. He’s a great runner!) And one of my favorite, favorite action movies (though it is admittedly considered a “B Movie”) is the first installment of Jason Statham’s Transporter films…The Transporter!
I LOVE The Transporter! (I do have to sort of endure The Transporter’s romantic interest in this film…she’s not who I would’ve chosen for him…but it makes sense, considering the story line.) Furthermore, my husband and sons love The Transporter, too! The choreography of the fighting scenes is awesome!!! AND I have a secret desire and wish…I totally wish I could drive the way The Transporter does!
Let’s veer of for a moment as I ramble about the importance of movie-fairness in couple relationships and family relationships. As we all know, women will usually choose something light-hearted or romantic when it comes to a movie, while men prefer action most of the time. I remember when my kids were all at home we always had a family movie night. At first, I just picked all the movies because I was trying to make sure that both my daughter and my sons had a good, well-rounded exposure to different kinds of movies. I didn’t want them growing up to be like so many people I knew who couldn’t sit through a movie and enjoy it if it wasn’t just the one kind they liked. Therefore, the boys grew up learning to endure/enjoy musicals, period films, old black and white movies…and my daughter grew up learning to endure/enjoy things that the boys liked. Naturally, as the kids got older, it became more difficult choose movies that everyone would enjoy. So we started taking turns choosing. All of us took a weekly movie night and chose whatever we wanted…keeping in mind, however, that it was for everyone to watch, so there needed to be that consideration.
This actually worked for quite awhile, until my daughter realized that there were three males in the family and only 2 females. So the ratio of girl movies to boy movies was skewed. But it was what it was and we continued this until the kids were grown (we still do this with our youngest son, Trent…being that he’s still at home).
However, it got me to thinking about the fact that even as adult couples we girls need to be willing to watch some action, and the man in our life should be able to make it through a Doris Day movie once in a while. Right? And after babbling on nonsensically here…I have to say that this is one reason I like The Transporter so much…we ALL love it in our family…girls and boys! So I figure it’s a good couple pick, too! Your husband, boyfriend, brother or teenage son should enjoy it because it’s totally action packed (and Jason Statham’s fight scenes are AWESOME!) and you might enjoy it because Jason Statham’s character is uber cool, suave and heroic!
Now that we’ve established the reasons why men AND women can enjoy The Transporter, let’s talk a little about The Transporter movie star himself. We’ve established that Jason Statham plays the role of The Transporter (If you’ve ever seen The Italian Job (Love it!) he plays handsome Rob) and is perfect! But Jason didn’t start out as The Transporter, however. He was on the British Olympic Diving Team, and was ranked 12th in the world in diving in 1992. (What is it with Hollywood and swimmers?) BUT to me (and my family) he’s known simply as The Transporter. He’s well known in the Men’s Health arena, and in many physical fitness venues. (That’s something he and I do NOT share, by the way.) I find it interesting that, though he was born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England…his accent doesn’t really sound English. Hmmm. But anyway…blah blah blah…
By the way, there are two other Transporter movies, but the first one…The Transporter…is the purest. And by purest I mean that even though it obviously had a lower budget, it’s got more action and, in my opinion, a better story line. And I don’t know why I chose The Transporter DVD as this week’s contest (probably to encourage us girls to sit down and watch something with our guys that they will really enjoy for a change), but I did.
So, Tiffany Deza…you won last week’s contest for the P & P soundtrack! (E-mail your address to me at firstname.lastname@example.org please, and I’ll get your soundtrack dropped in the mail for you!)
Meanwhile, leave a comment here to enter this week’s contest for a DVD of The Transporter! What should you comment about? Hmmm. How about other movies you’ve found that cross the barriers between chick flicks and guy films! Fun! And…just to pique your interest…here’s the original movie trailer for The Transporter!