reviewing super hero movies

I love talking super hero movies. A friend was recently gushing over The Dark Knight and the discussion spilled over into other super hero movies. Here’s my two comments:

post one
I had problems with The Dark Knight. Don’t get me wrong, it was a very good movie, but I felt they were trying excessively hard to make the movie edgy and twisted. It was forced. Or maybe it’s just a philosophical difference I have about what super hero movies should be. If I want a gut-wrenching drama, then I’ll watch Green Mile or something. Heck, why don’t they just throw a cowl and cape on John Coffey (Michael Clarke Duncan’s character) and call that a super hero movie. That’s what I feel The Dark Knight was trying to do. Maybe I just need to watch it again.

post two
I have to put Iron Man at #1. How can I not? It forced itself to be the best super hero movie ever. #2: Transformers 1986. Yeah, robots are heroes. Suck it.

As for the 2011 crop: Capt America too much boring war, shoot, shoot, “you’re just a walking cartoon, go and sing-and-dance, oh wait we forgot you’re superhuman”, shoot, shoot, bla bla. I was really disappointed with C.A. I was really surprised by Thor. I thought it would be a really weird Lord of the Rings done bad. Thor was cool. Went into G.Lantern with extraordinarily low expectations, so I liked it for only that reason. At least it was better than Fantastic Four. guh.

And for the record, I liked Superman Returns. So that’s two of us. I watched 1989 Batman last year and was very happy to se how well it holds up 22 years later. And don’t forget about Hell Boy. I really liked Hell Boy.

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Matt Maldre
12 years ago

I need to make a list of superhero movies. I have not seen this Iron Man movie. I would like to list all the superhero movies I have seen. Can you make such a list for yourself, erik?

12 years ago

You crack me up!

12 years ago

So now that I know my comments are finally getting through… I wanted to leave a more detailed response since I’m all over those superhero movies. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m sorry to hear you didn’t like The Dark Knight. I’m not super analytical when I watch movies, but I loved it! I love the original Batman too (yes, Batman & Robin, total shameful bust) but I do really like this darker line of Batman movies too, plus Christian Bale just plain does a much better job! It’s interesting that you put Iron Man at #1, it is really, really good, but I… Read more »