Arnold Schwarzenegger is indisputably one of the most unique actors to have ever lived and, let’s be honest, it’s very unlikely that there will ever be another who can rival him. That’s not to say that I believe he is the greatest actor of all time because he really isn’t, but unique is certainly an appropriate way to describe him.
With this in mind, I thought I’d share with you my top five Schwarzenegger moments, scenes and films!
5. Dealing with child abuse (Kindergarten Cop, 1990)
In this underrated masterpiece, Schwarzenegger plays John Kimble, an undercover detective who is assigned the duty of posing as a kindergarten teacher. Queue hilarity and heart-warming sentimentality and you’re on for a real winner with the Austrian goliath.
In this scene, Kimble confronts an abusive father with a vengeful blow to the gut. Smacking someone is a typical go-to move for Arnie, but the delivery of this particular moment feels so righteous that it well and truly earns its place in this list!
4. Meeting Dillon (Predator, 1987)
One of the best sci-fi / horror hybrids to this day (in my opinion), Predator follows Dutch (Schwarzenegger) and a team of specialist commandos behind enemy lines in the Vietnam War, as they are pursued by a deadly alien force.
It’s testosterone filled action and its best, with some smashing one-liners from the main man himself, but what really steals the show is our introduction to Dillon (played by Carl Weathers). As absurd as it is over the top, you can see where the rest of the movie is going from here… Still, if I’m ever to meet a Dillon, I know how I’d like to greet him.
3. Right? Wrong. (Commando, 1985)
Particularly in his prime, Arnold Schwarzenegger strikes me as the kind of guy you wouldn’t want to mess around with. In a flurry of explosions, death and magnificent puns, this much becomes clear with Commando, in which Schwarzenegger plays retired special force operative, Matrix. Having retired to spend the rest of his life carrying giant logs with his young daughter in the mountains, all bets are off when she’s kidnapped and he has to get her back.
It’s hard to pick a best moment from this film because, as insane it is, it’s a thoroughly enjoyable romp. However, this scene really captures what Commando is all about. Simply put, it’s foreshadowing at its best. Right?
2. Cool puns (Batman and Robin, 1997)
I’ve spoke briefly of my admiration for this film in the past, but Batman and Robin is perhaps the most interesting Batman film there ever was. Schwarzenegger plays the role of Mr Freeze, offering a quality that’s both unusual and brilliant!
Having lost his wife to a debilitating illness, the mad doctor turned super villain relentlessly piles on pun after pun as he brings Gotham City to near destruction via a new ice age. Is it conventionally good cinema? No, it definitely isn’t (though Oliver may disagree to the nth degree with me here), but any fan of muscles, one-liners and the caped crusader is in for a real treat with this film.
Mr Clooney, I’m sorry, but as cool as you are, you can’t compete with Arnie’s level of excellence in this film.
1. The Terminator (The Terminator, 1984, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, 1991)
Say you want about the big man, but his service as the unstoppable cyborg terminator really set the bar for amazing science fiction thrillers. In part one, he is the merciless assailant of Sarah Connor (portrayed by Linda Hamilton), tasked with killing the mother-to-be of the future saviour of mankind, John Connor. Seven years later, he reprises this role, however with the new task of protecting John from a more advanced machine. He does this again in Terminator 3 (2003), but let’s try and forget about that for a moment…
Arguably, the quality of this piece is more appropriately attributed to the writing and directing of James Cameron, et al. (you know, back when he didn’t suck), but it’s hard to imagine anyone else doing a better job than Schwarzenegger. These two films are as relentless as their antagonist turned anti-hero, and will forever hold a special place in my heart as some of the greatest pieces of cinema to date.
And now, to you, the reader…
So there you have it, my favourite Schwarzenegger moments, scenes and films. Now, I want you to do either one of two things:
Let me know your favourite Arnold moments!
Or, if I’ve failed to convince you of his immense greatness, watch this and experience 155 other reasons why you should change your mind…
It’s show time!