by Irma Arkus
The superheroes have revitalized the dying cinema…or so they say. The recent proliferation of superhero-infused films has been both over and underwhelming.
For one, excuses for stories with superheroes, such as “Hancock” starring Will Smith, the upcoming “Race to Witch Mountain” starring “that guy who used to have a career” Dwayne Johnson (or The Rock), or for that matter, things that marr my memories, such as “Zoom,” Tim Allen’s family offering with some fancy CG action, are equivalently barf-inducing and should not be watched by human beings. Anywhere. Period.
While you may think that I am being cruel, bagging Hancock with Zoom, then please do continue to fret, because both represent films without any backstories, original source material, or prior audience engagement.
In some cases, that would be called bold, inventive, and creative. Ratatouille is one example where such story worked out into a great production. But that is because they did not rely on lazy writing. Ratatouille’s writers did not rely on ripping off stories that resemble familiar pages of comic books which they vaguely remember from their masturbatoriums. Instead, they made an effort to construct a script worth getting a crew together for.
In cases of recent Nicolas Cage films, and the above named suspects, the superhero genre is used and abused, raped and molested by writers who are faking it.
The first superhero films were not much to look at. While Spawn was an awesome thing, it certainly wasn’t the best film ever made. And do not tell me that your Fantastic Four dreams have been fulfilled by those weak attempts at Jessica Alba, invisible, in tights.
It isn’t until this year of 2008 that we finally got to combine all things that make for good films, with subject of superheroes.
Dark Knight and Iron Man have set the bar way higher than their predecessors. Now we expect more. Now we need more. We demand not only people in tights and capes, but great story, amazing script, incredible actors, wonderful action, superb CG graphics, and much, much more.
This is why superhero films are exciting, yet dangerous, as they may sorely disappoint.
Speaking of which, the Wolverine trailer looks amazing. But will it be an incredible film? That is left to be seen.