Super hero flicks need to die. Period.
Why, you ask? Well, for one thing, the formulaic story lining. Another, the predictability of how it will end. And one last thing–THE OVERUSE OF CGI!!
Certain films stand out–Civil War, Doctor Strange, and the bottom of the barrel known as Batman v. Superman. Civil War was such huge disappointment, because it was barely about the civil war between the heroes and more like Captain America trying to save his buddy the whole time. Granted, it was Captain America 3, but was not marketed like that.
Doctor Strange was a CGI orgy fest, with Benedict Cumberbatch’s acting skills gone to waste in favor of all the effects happening.
And finally, the worst of the worse, Batman v. Superman. I went into it with low expectations, and came out even more disappointed. Never had I seen a movie so misconstrued, so repulsive, and so grotesque–leaving a rancid taste in my mouth, and an unbearable desire for super heroes to just GO AWAY!!
But, with disgust must come delight. And right now, I am loving some super hero stories!
First, we’ll start with Deadpool. This long awaited film finally brought the goodness that is Deadpool to the cinema, and what a breath of fresh air it was! Never have I laughed so hard to a super hero movie, nonetheless a movie in general. Deadpool really made fun of the super hero genre, something we all need right now.
Other than that though, I am really, really digging Daredevil on Netflix. The series is what Arrow could’ve been, but Arrow became way too super-heroey, especially with the addition of The Flash. Daredevil does it right though, with it’s first season actually portraying a villain you actually want to root for. That’s a bold move! And it was amazing!
Other notables too are Jessica Jones–a show that really brings the issue of abuse into relevance, as well The Defenders where Jessica Jones and Daredevil team up, along others like Bulletproof Dude and Whiny Glowing Fist Bitch. (i.e Luke Cage and Iron Fist, respectively.)
The second Guardians of the Galaxy was great as well, however I am not looking forward the super hero orgy-fest that will be Avengers: Infinity War.
All-in-all, I’m surprised a lot of A-list celebrities are doing super hero movies now. But let’s face it–the super hero movie is the modern cowboy movie, and they are becoming a dime a dozen. Literally, a dozen, if not more are released a year now. And they are all Ctrl-Ving (or CMD-Ving on Apple) they’re way into irrelevance.