November 22, 2012
The Top Five Comic Book Movies
Comic book movies are fun and entertaining, and so are lists, so here’s a two-for.
I do believe the more realistic and perhaps dark a comic movie is, the more believable it is, so that explains my top three.
But all these movies are an entertaining must watch movie, for the comic book movie fan.
5. Iron Man
Iron Man is a great example of sticking to the core of the comic script, to make a great movie script. Of course you need more than just a storyline to make a great movie, you have to have actors that make us believe in their character and for comic book movies, suspend our disbelief. Robert Downey Jr. did just that. The movie is a great watch for the whole family and for almost any personality type. It’s one of those comic movies that transcend the genre, and it has a killer soundtrack; bonus.
4. X-Men 2
This movie starts out with one of the best opening sequence of any action movie…period; and then it never lets up. This sequel has all the original characters that were so skillfully developed in the first film, and gives us new characters also of great interest. It’s entertaining, doesn’t drag, and leaves us wanting more. Perhaps some were disappointed with the “more” that we got with X-Men III, but that’s for a different list.
Normally I don’t like when a script strays too far from the original comic script, but they keep enough original concepts, and the ones that they added to the movie script were intriguing as well. X-Men 2 delivered and is always a great go-to for a comic book movie night.
3. V For Vendetta
I love this movie for the same reason I loved the comic, its Guy Fawkes meets Orwell’s 1984; WIN. Plus the movie gives us a bonus that only the big screen can give, Natalie Portman. She delivers a performance in this movie arguably as well as any performer in any movie. This movie transcends the comic book movie genre, and delivers a well thought out, inspirational, and powerful story.
And the character Portman plays, Evey, is beautiful inside and out.
Then there is V, played by Hugo Weaving. An intriguing character and Weaving delivers the dialogue skillfully. I think he summed it up in the movie when he said, “Behind this mask there is more than just flesh. Beneath this mask there is an idea… and ideas are bulletproof.” Or when he said; “I shall die here. Every last inch of me shall perish. Except one. An inch. It’s small and it’s fragile and it’s the only thing in the world worth having. We must never lose it, or sell it, or give it away. We must never let them take it from us.”
This film is as theatrical as it is intriguing and entertaining, a must watch!
Remember remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I know of no reason why gunpowder, treason
Should ever be forgot…
2. The Dark Knight
I could sit here and talk about the awesome dialogue, phenomenal story lines, the dark characters, the believability of the story and the characters, and the stunning cinematography and direction.
But all of us are thinking one thing.
Heath Leger’s Joker…best Joker and villain ever.
For those that think this is too simplified—why so serious?
1. The Watchmen
The Watchmen is often overlooked. The storyline feels very real, because the characters feel real. Many of the “heroes” are more “anti-heroes” and broken individuals. It shows a more realistic look of what it would actually take to make a super hero/crime fighter. They wouldn’t necessarily be the most balanced individuals in society; considering what they have witnessed, lost, and endured through. Not to mention the desires they usually have to give up or that fail, like relationships.
The strong character development, which is the only reason I can repeatedly watch this very long movie, mixed with an intriguing plot creates a total package of cinema entertainment. The setting taking place in the 80’s, but in a Nixon ran presidency, is brilliant. Equally brilliant is the opening sequence to the tune of Bob Dylan’s Times They Are A Changing. Through a superb direction of sequences matched with the poetry of Dylan, a powerful story is told before any dialogue starts.
Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway
Don’t block up the hall
-Bob Dylan from Times They Are A Changing
All Images Credit: Associated Press