I have me a thing for movies of the comic book variety. Though comic book doesn’t mean superhero, people think they’re the same. The same holds true for movies too. Here are a few of my favorite comic movies with nary a superhero in sight (this includes Watchmen, not that it would have been here).
5. The Losers
The Losers was underrated. While it followed all the troupes set in stone by the A-Team, the cast made it a lot of fun. Zoe Saldana, Jeffery Dean Morgan, Chris Evans, and Idris Elba, what’s not to like? Again, this doesn’t reinvent the wheel but there’s enough changes to the formula to make it entertaining.
This was my first introduction to Hellboy, and one I thought done well. There’s a lot of fanboy hate for this that I really don’t understand. The action was well done, the costume design looked great (thanks to director Guillermo del Toro), and it told a good story. I can understand not liking something because it’s bad (Wolverine Origins), but for changing a few things? Nonsense.
3. Sin City
This star packed flick still holds up thanks to the amazing stylistic choices and adherence to the source material. You could freeze frame nearly any scene and find the corresponding panel in the book. Each vignette told a different story from the corrupt Basin City with a unique spin. The hero, or antihero doesn’t always win. I’m really looking forward to the sequel.
2. V for Vendetta
Hugo Weaving absolutely kills it as V. It’s difficult to convey emotion with only your voice (ask any voice actor). Weaving’s face isn’t seen during the entire movie, yet his performance is still captivating. Natalie Portman completely committed, shaving her head for the role. If any Alan Moore tale could be translated to film, it was this. Thankfully, they nailed it.
1. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this movie. Sadly, not enough people have seen this labor of love as it completely bombed at the box office. While I don’t care of Michael Cera, he was perfectly cast. The first week the DVD released, I watched it 8 times. Every viewing I catch some new little detail. There’s something in this movie for everyone, unless you hate fun.
What sayeth you? Any glaring omissions? Comment below!
I wrote this on Christmas day, 2013.