"Probably the most popular type of blockbuster in cinema today! Superhero movies are very recent, and practically separated themselves from science fiction/fantasy, creating a genre of their own. The growth of their popularity is simply astounding, partly because of the rebirth of popular comic book heroes on the big screen, such as the X-Men, Spider-man and Batman. I am of the opinion that comic books and superheroes aren't just for children and teenagers! (Well I should be, I'm defending myself...) People would be surprised by the quality of some of these stories and the themes behind them."
Introductions aside, I will expand on the superhero section of that article to list my favorite superhero flicks and those I highly regard as the best of the genre. What is there to like about such movies? They have the perfect mix of fantasy and action for a nice laid-back time, with a refreshing drink on one side and a popcorn bucket on the other!
Spider-man was one of the very first superhero movies I saw on television, as well as being the catapult to my extensive consumption of related media at the time. While this film is quite good by itself, it has high nostalgic value for me. Not only was this my introduction to the genre, but also the film that made Spider-man my childhood hero!
Spider-man revolutionized the standard concept of the rich hero who possesses a secret base filled with spare costumes, a variety of weapons, gimmicks and awesome wheels. That and his charisma appealed to me. Peter Parker is a problematic, but intelligent kid who becomes a funny guy when putting on the mask; while spider-man is a simple hero with cool powers, without the need for being an indestructible, flame-bursting or beam-shooting mutant! And for all that, I will alway try to find some room for him among my lists.
The movie introduces and tells the origin of Peter Parker's powers, while slowly unveiling his character, his daily life difficulties, complicated relationships and the evolution of his masked persona. The villain is an evil-looking and ugly Green Goblin! While deviating a little from the original comic-book version, the character is well-constructed and the conflict doesn't feel forced. All things considered, Spider-man is funny movie with decent acting, great action and nicely paced.
Dare not delving into Sam Raimi's Spider-man trilogy without watching this movie first!
My Score: 7/10
The very definition of a superhero movie! It has it all: crazy action scenes, great special effects and a healthy dose of cheesiness! Spider-man II excels at highlighting what makes Spider-man such a special and lovable super crime-fighter. It reveals the life of a super hero constantly busy fighting crime, struggling to pay the bills and trying to find time to study! All the while keeping his honesty and sense of responsibility amidst all this chaos.
Spider-man II is a delight for action fans. It continues the first movie with a new chapter in Peter Parker's life. However, this time the lethal Dr. Octopus is on a rampaging quest to fund his mad-scientist project, and will go through with any means necessary to reach his goals. Spider-man will obviously try to stop him at all costs, delivering intense fights, insane acrobatics and cheesy jokes in the process.
In my opinion, this sequel is an upgrade of the first movie in all regards, and is certainly my favorite installment of Sam Raimi's Spider-man trilogy.
My Score: 8/10
Iron Man was released in a time of affirmation for superhero movies. Stakes had become higher, and Iron Man had expectations to meet. However, the film was incredibly well-received, for a film about a somewhat lesser known super-hero compared to giants like Spider-man and Batman. Its mix of comedy and action is balanced, but the movie has a big inclination to comedy, providing the audience with some really hilarious scenes!
The movie shows as the playboy and multi-millionaire scientist Tony Stark came up with the idea for his greatest invention, through a series of events that led to the creation of a very rustic, but technologically advanced armoured-suit he uses to escape captivity, to a more detailed prototype he builds later, to the final version of his technologically superior battle-suit. This is the origin movie of a super-hero that has many tales to tell, and the catapult to much more features to come.
Being familiar with the character version of the comics, I can positively say that Robert Downey Jr. is the Tony Stark! His charisma, self-confidence, cockiness, alongside his antics and mishaps through the course of the movie, make it highly entertaining. The CGI aspect of the movie is also incredible, showcasing some of the best effects from 2008, without actually overshadowing the plot and fantastic character development.
My Score: 8/10
Kick-Ass came off as a surprise to me, and I mean that in a good way! In a time where superhero movies have been expanding like crazy, Kick-Ass arose from the shadows to give us a much needed new and refreshing approach to superhero movies. During the first-half or so, Kick-Ass satirizes its own genre through a series of parodies, while in the second-half it starts shaping itself into one kick-ass piece of action drama!
The movie tells the story of a very-normal boy who, as it is the case with most of us, lives in a world surrounded by superhero media and franchising. Being fascinated by it, he decides to take on the role of a masked vigilante himself. Little did he know that the world of crime-fighting wasn't a cakewalk, and that the area seemed to be a surprisingly crowded one!
This movie almost manipulates its audience, leading it to believe that they are watching a parody of sorts, when suddenly it starts throwing bullets, blades, blood and an incredible high amount of violence at them! Not to mention the fantastic soundtrack, that is masterfully applied to each scene to emphasize the mood. Kick-Ass shines as the the most awesome cliché-fest I have ever seen.
My Score: 8/10
The Avengers, the movie that became the most successful superhero movie of all time! There is good reason for that, though. The Avengers not only serves as a sequel to the movies of three of Marvel's greatest super heroes that have ever graced the screen, but it also assembles the mightiest heroes of Earth together in the same team, including: Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and the Hulk! With new-comers, but no less important, Hawkeye and Black Widow joining in as well.
In this movie, the Earth is faced with otherworldly danger when Loki (Thor's bastard brother), with his new army, arrives to enslave the planet and subjugate the human race. Nick Fury, the head of the organization SHIELD, in order to counter this threat, puts together a team of superheroes that he had long been investigating (as it is shown at the end of each movie leading up to the Avengers). The acting is actually pretty good and every actor plays their part perfectly. To highlight is Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk, a character whose feature movies have arguably disappointed many fans.
There is not much science to the plot of the Avengers, it's basically a fight-off the alien invasion type of story, but with super powers! However, the charismatic characters, the interesting conflicts of completely different and unique individuals working together, the intelligently placed comedy-relief and the overall detail and heart that was put into the movie, have given us, fans of the genre, a cinematic experience of unparalleled proportions, where action, comedy, fun and a lot of special effects are the words of order for a great dose of entertainment!
My Score: 8/10
This first-half showcases the bottom five superhero movies of my top 10, a lot with plenty of action and laughter! The second-half, though, ultimately containing my top five, has a selection of films that are leaning more to the dark sides of being a super-hero! You can continue reading from here: Best Cinema - Top 10 Superhero Movies (5-1)!