Comic Movies are Ruining the Cinema

  This year Avengers 2:  The Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Fantastic Four, Star Wars:  The Force Awakens.  Next Summer a Batman movie, the first Justice League, and so forth.  Dr. Strange, Wonder Woman, and several other characters are due to have their own movies in the next couple years too.  How many times over the last few years have we been told that all these movies are going to wreck everything in Hollywood?

So let’s look at this realistically.  It looks like we are going to have three groups of interrelated, intelligently written movie universes going on in Hollywood for the next few years.  Most of them will be blockbusters, and those that aren’t will generate more money than they would otherwise because they will be a part of a larger universe.  Wait a minute, that doesn’t sound like the devolution of anything.  It feels more like the evolution of the action movie into something beyond cheesey, muscley, or specialists (martial artists, UFC fighters, and so forth).

So, is the change in action movies going to mess up romances, science fiction, and dramas?  Why would they?  Sure, they have some of the same viewers, but they satisfy very different interests.  If you want to watch a modern love story it won’t be found in a Captain America movie.  The beauty and elegance of Interstellar can’t be matched in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 or an Ender sequel, and those YA dystopian movie series – Maze Runner, Hunger Games, and Divergent – seem to be gaining interest as they come out even while the Marvel universe is going full steam and DC is generating interest.

You know the action movie came into its own in the 1980s with muscular men giving one-liners that are a little painful to hear now.  In the nineties they got better, but many of the actors remained the same.  The people I have seen in the Expendables movies are what I remember of the action hero genre.  It’s great to see them all, and nice to see them still fit, but I don’t mind that they are almost the only game in town any more.  There’s something better now – improved plots, stronger characters, deeper themes, fuller arcs.  I don’t see the down side here.  Come to think of it, I kind of hope the other genres continue to improve along the same lines.

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7 Responses to Comic Movies are Ruining the Cinema

  1. Comic books are a genre. I like some, I don’t like others. We just saw “Guardians of the Galaxy” and it was pretty good. At least it was witty and made us laugh. It reminded me a LOT of the original Star Wars.

    Garry reminded me today when we were watching some old western and we knew what was going to happen about 2 minutes into it, “Just how many western plots are there anyway?” If you live long enough, everything seems familiar. Space operas, cowboy movies, comic book derivatives — there really isn’t much difference in the plots, just the props.

    • Cian Beirdd says:

      Clarke used to say there was nothing new to be found science fiction, and then proceeded to come up with the most amazing technology and concepts. Yep, plots in action movies are largely the same apart from origin stories. But, if the characters are interesting it makes up for a lot of the mundane. So far, Marvel has been great with that, like the original Star Wars trilogy.

      • The only two Marvel ones I haven’t liked (there are some I haven’t seen, so they don’t count) are Captain America II (I liked the first one, but the second kind of sucked) and Thor, which was so bad it wasn’t even funny. The others ranged from great (Avengers I) to okay (Ironman II). But they are at least entertaining and that’s the first law of movies: entertain me.

      • Cian Beirdd says:

        Captain America II is interesting. I thought they did a great job of taking advantage of Captain America’s strongest quality, his integrity, and pairing him with a cast that thrives on deception and letting him come out on top. What didn’t you like about it?

        Thor, well, Loki was a lot of fun, Portman’s sidekick was hilarious. Everything else was predictable in the extreme.

      • The dialogue was non-existant. It was just fights and grunting from beginning to end.

      • Cian Beirdd says:

        I guess I didn’t see that. It would have been nice if the bad guys had been fleshed out a little more and a better actor playing Falcon would have helped, but I really liked how well they placed a 1945 personality in the present day.

      • There was nothing wrong with the concept. I thought a script would have been a big improvement. I’m not an “all special effects all the time” kind of viewer.

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