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"Get out of the shot you *@(&* *+_£#*!" Is what someone might shout having been disturbed by a lighting technician shall we say. But we shan't lose our temper, merely observing what masterpieces have arisen, and critique in a fairly unbiased manner. I must apologise for taking so long to write this next one, forgive me. That being said let's get stuck into, ... or dig into our first film.
Mystery Men, (now you understand the Shoveller reference, right?!) does not really fit into this category as much as others, but it's genius is without question. There have since been many novice heroics, most likely inspired in some capacity from this. For example, Kick-ass and Defendor, which won't be touched upon here. Unique arsenals of powers always impress me, for the simple reason that being original is becoming more difficult these days.
"Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?" is the tagline for a film I hold very dear to my heart, just because I remember watching it when I was but a youngling (yes it's true... I age). The Shadow cast a veil of mystery and lent an air of sophistication unseen in an otherwise Bat-filled genre. With a giant budget and stellar cast, what's not to love about a tormented, trench coated, darkness dwelling figure facing off against a descendant of Ghengis Kahn? Portrayed so suavely by an always in control Alec Baldwin. Panned by critics, I still love it to this day. I also hold similar praise to The Phantom starring Billy Zane as the guy with the skull ring, although it's been a while since I last viewed this one.
Onto what I consider to be Zack Snyder's definitive movie. And possibly a film I rate in the top 3 best ever superhero flicks, no small feat I can assure you. Who watches Watchmen? I sure as hell do. This is film making at it's bloody top notch finest. The contrast between a god (Jon Osterman/Doc Manhattan) and mere mortals, only plays a small role in what is an enormously divine woven tale of politics, war games and a changing time. Each actor and actress brings an exquisite style and uniqueness to their characters, that seem as if they have literally just leaped out of a graphic novel, but maintain that element of realism. I especially like the "frankensteined" head of Billy Crudup onto Greg Plitt's body for the visualisation of Doc Manhattan, and Matthew Goode's performance as the clandestine villain. I like that Snyder decided not to use too many mainstream actors/actrsses, this I feel can often be overlooked when creating a superhero film.
Spawn now. Oh Spawn, spawn, spawn. Just looking at him one cannot help but think he looks to be one of the most bad-ass heros/anti-heros ever. His design for the film was no different, but unfortunately, his powers and their usage were not paramount to the film. Instead more was focused on the alley it seemed, that which is not to my liking. The film does have it's moments though (when his cape changes into a massive spiked barrier to stop John Leguizamo's hilarious Violator/Clown LOLZ) but is tarnished by the very poorly cast characters. I never could buy into Martin Sheen as a megalomaniac.
Smoking is rather bad for one's health don't you know. Alas, Mr. John Constantine does not care for this fact. Nor does he care for the rotten hell-bound filth he must constantly pursue. What I care for though, is watching this film. Another lesser-known piece of intellectual property (tied to DC) being given a very fair chance, and definately proving it's worth. My favourite part (besides Keanu Reeves being awesome) is Peter Stormare as the devil.
I suppose the Losers can also be linked with DC, my apologies for not including it in the previous installment. Nevertheless, this film is an enjoyable one, it mixes the right amount of seriousness and comedy to great effect. Completing this task in a far superior fashion than the Fantastic Four did.
This next film/series is envisaged to be my last critique (if one could call it that) of the superhero genre at present. Pitch Black is always hailed as the better of the two but frankly I enjoy Chronicles of Riddick a great deal more. I see nothing wrong or tactful with any performance here. And I do like a good story about the "underverse." There are some great quotes from this film for sure. Cheifly among delvering some memorable lines is the Lord Marshal: "Don't question it Vaako! Take it.... on faith."
I do hope you've enjoyed my miniature breaking down of all these films, as much as I have had writing about them. I applaud those who have read each part, thank you very much. I am thinking about putting a story of mine on here in small sections, with my own artwork to accompany it. Not so much a blog as a showcase of what I'd love to be seen by someone other than myself. Until the next time....