Considering all the news in the entertainment world lately is about sex offenders, I thought I’d post something less horrifying and more light hearted. So here is the run down of my five favourite superhero movies to date, with a mini review for each.
5 – Deadpool (2016)
Having been a fan of the character for a while, and being incredibly disappointed with the “Xmen origins: Wolverine” version of the character, my enjoyment of the Deadpool film begun at the comic con when the first test footage was released. That led to the film getting the greenlight and an elusive R Rating to let them really do the character right.
From then on, the most inventive and hilarious advertising campaign led to my expectations being very high for the film, and it successfully delivered. It is, for me at least, one of the funniest films I’ve seen for a long time. Deadpools comedic brilliance is complimented by some great fight choreography and I spent the entire film grinning from ear to ear. The fact it’s one at 5 on my list is a testament to how much I like the rest of the films.
4 – Spiderman 2 (2004)
The sequel to Sam Raimi’s original Spiderman is, to this day, one of my favourite ever films. I think I remember the film as being better than it is, and it’s been a while since I watched it, but at the time this was my dreams coming true. I loved the first one, and as an 11 year old boy seeing Spiderman again swinging around and fighting Doc Ock blew my mind. The train scene sticks out in my head as a moment that got me so excited even on repeat viewings. And I did watch this film a lot when I finally got the DVD.
Theres a few moments that stick out in my youth that I remember as times when I realised how much I loved the cinema, sitting in the car after Lord of the rings: Return of the King knowing I had watched something special is one, and the first time I saw Spiderman 2 is right up there with it for me. This film might not hold up as well as I remember it after the last 15 years, but at the time it was incredible.
3 – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 1 (2014)
Who knew anything about the Guardians of the Galaxy when it was first announced. I certainly didn’t. Chris Pratt and James Gunn were both names I had never heard much of, and they were signed on as the lead actor and director of the biggest risk marvel had taken to this point. Then the sound of Blue Swede’s “Hooked on a Feeling” blasted out over the first trailer and I was 100% in.
The trailers got me interested in a property I knew nothing about, and by the time. The film came out I was ready to commit to the midnight release. I watched in disbelief as I found myself enjoying this movie almost as much as I enjoyed the film at no.2 in this list, and on a different day I might have it above it. Guardians of the Galaxy proved Marvel know how to make good movies, not just good superhero movies. The surprise factor of this epic film will always keep it high on my list.
2- The Avengers (2012)
This is always going to be high on anyone’s superhero movie list. It was the first time we saw the fruits of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe combining and colliding on the big screen. What’s really incredible is that Marvel built this without the Xmen, or its biggest single character in Spiderman. The world went out to see Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, and The Hulk in a movie, proving without a doubt it’s the age of the nerd.
From the “Puny God” moment, to Thor’s Hammer V Caps Shield, it’s filled with the perfect mix of fan service, interesting plot, mind bending action and clever one liners. I couldnt believe it happened, and what’s just as amazing is that we are still in the midst of it all, with Avengers Infinity War just seven months away. I don’t expect any marvel film to ever top the original Avengers though, surely nothing could provide that magic moment quite the same again.
1 – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Wait no.. not that one….
1 – The Dark Knight (2008)
This film is my favourite film, bar none, of all time. I spent my childhood watching Batman The Animated Series and he is to this day my favourite superhero. In addition to that, The Joker is my favourite character, hero or villian. From the very start of this film you know it’s something special. With the bank heist and the smoke grenade and Heath Ledgers amazing performance as The Joker immediately shown off. Christopher Nolan delivered a film that challenges what you expect from a superhero story, especially as the hero doesn’t come out on top at the end.
Heath Ledger stealing the show is insane when you consider how good Christian Bale, Gary Oldman and Aaron Eckhart are in the film. If you haven’t seen it, even if superhero movies aren’t really your thing, give the Dark Knight a chance. It’s Christopher Nolan’s best film on my opinion, and I love most of his work.
Thinking of this list was difficult, with so many great movies out there, like Civil War, Logan, Xmen 2, 1989 Batman, and even outside the box choices like V for Vendetta, or Kingsman not making the list. All of those films are great, and with Thor Ragnarok out right now, Justice league out in 2 weeks and Infinity War just around the corner, it’s a great time to be a comic book fan.