One of the most used clichés that the '80 cinema has left to us is the gear up sequence in "First blood II"
Rambo is ready to start his mission, during a details sequence, we see him tie his shoes, test his weapons and bind his undying headband to his brow.
Around him, people are getting ready, but he is completely focused on his preparation.
From now on, we will find this sequence everywere ( even Arnold did not miss his chance) and as such it is now an accepted writing cliché.
Why does that sequence convey that precise sensation? Because it is, no more, no less, the knight's gearing up before going to kill the dragon.
I'm talking about this because I had a curios experience on the train.
Once a month I have to work on saturday or Sunday and as such I have to take the train to reach the office.
I just had sat down that a girl sits down as well, right in front of me. The train starts to move and after a couple of seconds, my travel companion opens her bag and gets a trousse. Then she starts her make up.
The scene went on for about ten minutes. Nobody commented, neither did I. I just sat there and watched her unable to tear my eyes off. Conquered by the aura of calmness and sureness that that girl gave away.
She noticed my stare, but did not stop nor aknowledge it. She just went on as if nothing could touch her and as if she was simply unreacheable.
Suddenly I understood the reason behind the gearing up. We have rituals.
When we dress up, make up, comb our hairs, we are in fact donning an armour, we are readying up to kill the dragon.
Result is not already written, obviously, but point is that those little gestures prepare ourselves and our minds to the challenge.
The make up the girl was putting on her face is the same as the tie I bind around my neck or Rambo's headband before the mission. Through the gesture, we get ready to the action.
When I arrived to the office i thought back to the fact that my only ritual when i work on saturday morning is having a rich breakfast at the Reanrdy pastry shop. I really do not if it can make me win the dragon, but for sure it gives enough calories to stand up to almost everything :D