So The Wolverine recently came out and it creates the appropriate opportunity to dig into the continued craze of comic book movies.
I loved reading comic books as a kid and was a big fan of X-Men and Spider Man. And overall, I think it has been great seeing these characters come to life in the movies.
That being said, from a movie standpoint, I much, much prefer the films that are more grounded in story and substance (Dark Knight) and dislike the movies that move into the silly realm or the fantasy realm.
What I say below may seem like sacrilege, but here we go:
– I was never a big fan of the Tim Burton Batman movies. Sure Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson were fantastic. But Gotham felt like I was in some sort of strange, surreal world. I want Frank Miller, NOT Willy Wonka.
– I can say the same thing about the Sam Raimi Spider-Man movies. Less so Spider Man 2, but Spider Man 1 and Spider Man 3 border on the silly. From the ridiculous Green Goblin costume to the Randy Macho Man Savage came, it’s ham city.
Is this really necessary?
– I didn’t like the Avengers. I said it. I didn’t like the 2nd highest grossing film of all time. I liked parts of it, particularly the fun dialogue and cool performances. And certainly the novelty of seeing all the characters together. BUT, I really have no desire to see the Avengers fight some strange fantasy aliens. And WHY, why do Aliens also have the worst plans for conquering earth? Example – did the Aliens in “Signs” really think they could conquer Earth if they can’t touch water??? Our planet is 3/4 water!
So let me bring this back to The Wolverine. I thought this was a great movie. Yes it had some flaws and towards the end got a little over the top. But this movie was much more character focused. Great set up and great build of tension throughout.
Hugh Jackman definitely represented the iconic comic book character well – finally. For years, I’ve been lamenting the fact that Dougray Scott – the originally intended Wolverine, fell off a damn motorcycle making Mission Impossible 2 and lost out on a huge career making opportunity. He would have been fantastic. But Hugh Jackman finally delivered on the Wolverine I wanted to see. My only remaining issues are that 1) I don’t think we have ever really seen Wolverine in full berserk mode in any of the movies and 2) while James Mangold did a great job (making up for Knight & Day), Darren Aronofsky, the originally planned director, would have taken this to whole different level. Maybe next time.
So that’s a lot of rambled thoughts on comic book movies. Thoughts?
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