Tag: Comic Book

2017, Movies

Wonder Woman (2017, Patty Jenkins)

Wonder Woman is yet another super hero origin story. It is obviously different from most feature comic book super hero origin stories we’ve seen before for a very obvious reason – the character is a woman – but, otherwise, I found the movie reminiscent of a number of previous super hero films, one in particular. …

2017, Movies

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017, James Gunn)

I don’t know what kind of ill-humour causes me to not love these movies as much as the next guy, but I was pretty damn underwhelmed by the (possibly over-hyped) first Guardians of the Galaxy and really had no plans to watch this one, unless I was bored one day looking through Netflix (which is how …

2016, Movies

X-Men: Apocalypse (2016, Bryan Singer)

The stakes got upped a bit in the previous entry and so I must say I was worried about the endless stake-upping occurring in this series, like it does with the Avengers movies. And, to an extent, it does. The bad guy is a different kind of world-threatening baddie this time, but at least he’s …

2016, Movies

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015, Joss Whedon)

I pretty much only watch Marvel movies when I am looking for something I don’t have to think about. Civil War was just added so I figured I’d watch that, drastic myself from my surgery tomorrow. But then I remembered I hadn’t seen this one, so I figured I’d watch it. SPOILERS I guess

2015, Movies

Ant-Man (2015, Peyton Reed)

This is a reasonably enjoyable “goofy” Marvel movie, of the kind that doesn’t take itself too seriously. And it has to be, since the whole idea of Ant-Man seems kind of ridiculous. There are some rather massive plot issues that would drive me insane if it wasn’t amusing. It’s not so amusing that I really …

2014

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014, Anthony Russo, Joe Russo)

I think I like this more than the first movie, though I can’t necessarily identify why. One thing that differentiates it from so many other current super hero movies is that the enemy at the end of the film isn’t some ridiculous, world-destroying force or space monsters, or whatever. So that’s something. But there are …

2016, Movies

Deadpool (2016, Tim Miller)

I think it’s safe to say that this is the best Marvel film outside of one or two of the X-Men sequels (the recent ones have been shockingly good). This film is funny – it’s not just mildly amusing, like Guardians of the Galaxy – and it manages to preserve the rather elliptical nature of …

2013, Movies

R.I.P.D. (2013, Robert Schwentke)

The first few minutes of this film make it clear that it is a comic book adaptation. I already dislike a film like this, when stuff like that happens. And within maybe 10 minutes or so, it’s apparent that this is a massive Men in Black ripoff. (Whether or not the comic book is such …

2008, Movies

Iron Man (2008, Jon Favreau)

I think I would have enjoyed this more had I not seen The Avengers first and so been previously exposed to Downey’s charms in this role. That being said, I think I like this more than the early X-Men films and certainly more than most of the other Marvel films I’ve seen. It’s entertaining and …

2014, Movies

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014, Bryan Singer)

Putting the massive problems with time travel aside, this is still every enjoyable comparable to the other movies in the series; it combines a number of cinematic tropes to great effect which makes for an enjoyable film (time travel to prevent a dystopia, superhero, preventing an assassination, etc.). The time thing is really ridiculous but …

2009, Movies

Watchmen (2009, Zack Snyder)

This is an admirable, ambitious attempt to adapt what is, for many people, The Greatest Comic of All Time. (I know others prefer some other comics, but I know that this was the first comic given serious treatment as literature by non-comic book fans.) I was mostly impressed by the attempts at fidelity and the …

2009, Movies

Solomon Kane (2009, Michael J. Bassett)

This has rather high production values for one of those bad fantasy films made in Eastern Europe. Like so many of these movies, there’s virtually no character development (beyond the obvious arc for the hero), the plot is rather telegraphed and I strongly doubt the film has much to do with its source material. But …

2011, Movies

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011, Joe Johnston)

The origin story for this particular avenger is an unbalanced mix of propaganda and satire of such propaganda, it’s hard to tell which it is. (It’s also hysterical that Marvel decided there were worse things than the Nazis…) This film is entirely too rah rah rah (though sometimes it’s at least aware of it) and …

2012, Movies

The Baytown Outlaws (2012, Barry Battles)

This is a really dumb movie, one of those that wishes it was a comic book – it even has a flashback segment told as a moving comic book! – and which thinks it’s funny. It’s very obviously trying to be a Rodriguez-style action comedy, but it’s got nothing on him. Braugher is horribly miscast …

2011, Movies

X-Men: First Class (2011, Mathew Vaughn)

As a child, the X-Men were my favourite super heroes but for reasons I will no go into, I have not found the various X-Men films that I have seen particularly compelling. The first film was better than most of the other comic book movies of its era, but I did not enjoy the second …