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Jul
29

2011 Comicbook Movies Wrap Up

When I think about comicbook movies, I’m referring to the major 4 that come out this year (my apologies to Green Hornet and Cowboys & Aliens).

I have been looking forward to this year for a long time. I think it was back in 2010, maybe even in 2009 when I heard that DC/WB was going to release a Green Lantern movie in 2011. I personally don’t consider myself a Marvel fanboy or a DC fanboy, I just like all comicbook characters and I enjoy comicbook movies. Green Lantern happens to be one of my favourite characters though. Rebirth was an amazing story and War of the Green Lanterns was pretty good as well. To sum it, I was really excited to see this movie. I followed it religiously since 2010 up until the release date. The cast annoucements didn’t please me, but they didn’t bug me too much. The announcement of Parallax as a main villain…that just triggered an instant face palm. I won’t go into too much details since I ranted about my concerns for the movie in an another article I wrote on this website.

When I heard about Thor, X-Men First Class and Captain America coming out 2011 alongside Green Lantern, I knew this would be an awesome year. FOUR comicbook movies in ONE year, we’re pretty damn lucky. Things were never like this when I was kid. I wasn’t too familiar with Thor or Captain America so I remained neutral for those movies. I loved X1 and X2 but when I heard about Bryan Singer writing and producing and the rushed production schedule, I was one of the First Class doubters. So basically, I assumed that this would be the order for best comicbook movies for 2011:

1) Green Lantern
2) Thor
3) Captain America
4) X Men First Class

Instead this how I feel now after watching all four movies:

1) X Men First Class
2) Captain America
3) Thor
4) Green Lantern

Green Lantern has such a rich mythology, decent director, a cast that most people love, how could it go wrong? That movie broke my heart. Not because it was a bad movie, but because it was an “okay/kinda good” movie and Hal Jordan deserves more than just an “okay/kinda good” movie. You can google it yourself, but Green Lantern has the worst rating on RT out of the four movies this year (it shouldn’t have gotten 26% in my opinion, the critics were too harsh, maybe 60%). Green Lantern seems to be grossing the least amount of money so far out of the four movies (apparently it hasn’t been released in major foreign markets, but I won’t hold my breath to see if it’ll make much of a difference). I’m not a Green Lantern hater. I love Green Lantern. He’s my desktop and cellphone’s wallpaper. But honestly, the movie should have been more. I won’t go into details what’s wrong with the movie since I did that in another article.

After watching all four comicbook movies, I still have to think…was Green Lantern criticised so much since it followed a well-reviewed movie that surprised everyone….X Men First Class? Not to mention it would also be compared to Thor, another success of 2011? I’d like to think so. It’s hard for movies to live up when the bar certainly has been raised. Let’s face it, we all know that the Dark Knight and Iron Man 1 are basically benchmarks for how incredible comicbook movies can be.

I personally think that X Men First Class takes the top spot for portraying a story that people care about and sharing a topic that people can relate to. Being an outsider and the big question, should outsiders conform to society’s standard just to fit in? This message was well-told in the story and had a great cast. It’s possible that having low expectations for the movie made me enjoy it more. It’s hard to say at this point.

Captain America was better than Thor, for me personally at least, because I cared about the character. Maybe because I’ve been the little guy my whole life, so I can relate/empathize and look up to Steve Rogers. I cared about the character and his story and I think that’s what makes a movie enjoyable. Action was fun and the subtle humour was enjoyable.

Thor was a good movie with incredible effects and action. Terrific actors no doubt. However, some parts of the story just didn’t do it for me. I don’t see how Thor could have changed his values/beliefs over the course of 1-2days. Didn’t seem realistic and in all honesty, I couldn’t relate to Thor. He’s the God of Thunder! He’s pretty damn awesome, but I certainly can’t relate to how he feels. But overall, a fun and enjoyable movie that made sense for 95% of the time.

Green Lantern…sigh, the story just wasn’t solid and when audience members see holes in the story, it ruins the movie experience.

After watching the four major comicbook movies for the year, I still have to say I feel satisfied and quite happy. They were fun movies and come on, we’ve been waiting to see live-adaptations of these characters for years! And this year, we got to see four of them!

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