Here’s a look back at the comic book films that have been released this year. From Marvel, DC, to some independent, these have been met with positive reactions, some received mixed reviews and some received negative feedback. None the less a great year to be a comic fan, and a great year for the general audience to get in on the fun as well.
A recently slain cop joins a team of undead police officers working for the Rest in Peace Department and tries to find the man who murdered him. R.I.P.D is an exciting film that made you feel like you were watching Men in Black with zombies and monsters. It was met with mostly negative reviews, but that didn’t mean that it was not entertaining when you held it to no expectations. Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges create a power duo that you can’t help but love because for once they are playing the opposite of their usual roles. Roy was that fast talking western officer who you cared most for because it was so hard to take him seriously.
7. 2 Guns
Two crooked undercover officers – one from the DEA and the other from the Navy – unknowingly lead investigations on the other in this crime thriller from director Baltasar Kormakur. Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington, and Bill Paxton head up the starring cast. This movie was beyond ridiculous in action, but was entertaining throughout. Washington and Wahlberg are terrific as the lead actors. It’s quote heavy screenplay from Blake Masters makes it work so well and 2 Guns is something you watch just to have fun, deep plot and storyline be damned.
6. Red 2
Red 2 delivered on being just as ridiculous and over the top as I expected it to be. Sure some may have been expecting something story driven, but I think by now when something is labelled as an action-comedy, you shouldn’t expect so much of it to be blown away. That would separate those who enjoyed it from those who felt disappointed. The biggest difference I saw in this film was the tone. The first film was a lot more dramatic, this one is a bit more serious since the stakes are actually higher. Surely their lives were in danger before, but this time they were very much on the receiving end of the action. Like the description said, they were outgunned, out-manned, having only their cunning wits, their old-school skills, and each other to rely on as they try to save the world-and stay alive in the process. That is what we saw and that kind of situation brought out the best in each of them.
5. Kick-Ass 2
Kick-Ass 2 has shown the world what it means to be a superhero. As a superhero film and not just a sequel, it has taken the essence of what we as fans see as the dream to put on a costume and do some good in the world. Don’t judge this film in comparison to the first movie. You hurt your own understanding of this film when you do this. See it as a new world which was open with what took place at the end of Kick-Ass. A world where the people in the cinematic world appreciate the prospect of superheroes the same way we do. If you find any real flaws then you looked into this film more than necessary. Anything and everything was right on the surface for you to understand and the themes were straight forward. I think this could contend with any Marvel movie out there because Kick-Ass 2 stood for something that we believe in as comic readers and fans of superheroes and made it a reality. No superpowers, nothing too ridiculous, everything down to Earth and as much as it can be.
4. Iron Man 3
What we got here was Tony Stark, the essence of his character beyond the suit and beyond RDJ. Like they said in the film, he’s not the guy he used to be anymore, the life of a playboy is out the door like Tony in the books. He sees the future and he’s preparing for what lies ahead. This was a fun film that really showed us what was in store for us going into phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Great supporting cast, clever twist, and what’s more exciting than seeing all of Tony’s armors in action.
3. The Wolverine
Despite how much of a disaster Origins was, Wolverine movie did not disappoint. Love him or hate him because of his overexposure in films, they got him once for a change. That you have to give Mangold props for. You got action, gore, intensity, accuracy as much as you could ask for and more. It stays true to the comics and is entertaining enough for all ranges of audience. I mean this tops and Wolverine Origins and X-3 which was something this movie needed to overshadow and it surely did. Views of this may still be split based of expectations, but even with them this was a shocking success. Maybe the biggest shocker of the summer because based on the trailers alone the general consensus was that this movie would flop and that this would be it for the Wolverine franchise.
2. Man of Steel
Man of Steel managed to do what most other Superman films failed. They took a hero which many don’t take seriously, and showed them what kind of hero Superman truly is. There was amazing special effects which were used very effectively by Snyder, maybe relied a bit too much upon. A believable story written by Nolan to make Superman the god among men feel human. The cast was great, and the fight scenes were entertaining as well. It could have gone on a bit longer than expected, though a success all the way.
1. Thor: The Dark World
If you like mythology, exploration and mystery then this would be more appealing to you. The first movie was a mix of mythology and science as you were both introduced to Thor’s origins and his connection to the Avengers. The second movie is mythology, exploration and mystery. The movie will show us not just Asgard, Earth and Svartalheim, but all of the nine realms from Norse Mythology. It is the exploration of this mythology that creates the appeal for those who favor it. With that said, you should definitely see Thor: The Dark World, for the entertainment value if nothing else. Yeah Darcy and Jane could be better, but they aren’t the main attraction. Don’t look for a deep plot or a villain who is always held to a high standard, just watch it for the same reason you’d pick up a comic book.