One of my absolutely favorite new bloggers, El Mayimbe, just penned a defense of Hollywood's Heroic Age. Apparently there's a lot of disdain for the MCU and Christopher Nolan trilogies that my pragmatic mind tells me stems from jealous filmmakers who don't like "children's" comic book based features outpacing their dated film school cliches... Anywho, Umberto Gonzalez utilizes a great video made by the Frost Bros about why Superhero movies are needed (vid below). I will agree to agree but also still dislike LOTS of these super flicks.
I'm not zero and I'm not 100. Let's make a crazy decision here and agree it's wrong to hate something just because of it's genre, race, gender, orientation BUT let's also agree that not all Superhero movies are made equal.... Let's make these say 5 Superhero Cine Agreements.
1.) Be impeccable with your feelings - If you laughed or cried or your pulse raced or if you did that thing where you catch yourself smiling along with the characters on screen then feel silly, then IT'S OKAY to admit that the film was enjoyable.
2.) Just because you loved the comic book arc doesn't mean you have to blindly love the movies' hype - Look I wanted Green Lantern to be great more than Blake Lively did and when Ryan Reynolds was cast as the lead then I KNEW it was going to be the best DC comic based movie since Jonah Hex the year prior........... Look, I even lied to myself after I saw it in theaters and bought the DVD. Twice.
3.) Don't assume that a great first movie means a sequel will be greater - Read my blog from another lifetime linked above, but even Spider-Man 2 besting the original Spider-Man didn't guarantee that a Spider-Man 3 would improve by that much more again... or even equal either of the previous two.
4.) Always like what you like - Just like hamburgers and ramen, gourmet options are phenomenal, but it's also okay to switch off your fancy taste buds and just enjoy a good brainless movie like Batman Forever or either of the two most recently Godzilla failings. Could they have been better? Oh hells yes, but I still don't flip the channel if they come on TV and my pants are already off the the day so they aren't the worst possible.
5.) Be skeptical but learn to listen to what matters - Nowadays the filming of a movie serves as background story and Flava Flav hypeman all at once. When you learn a new actor joins the cast or a favorite writer or director or producer comes onboard it's okay to geek out, but I also like to look at all their past credits and see if 1.) they do quality work; 2.) have any relevant experience. Like the Kite Runner was a cool movie but that doesn't mean David Benioff should be writing X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Since in my last nerd based blog I successfully nailed that Spider-Man 3 and Iron Man 2 would be woeful, I'm going to start making this blog about: Super Cine, I keeps it real/predictions!!
Ant Man - WINNER
Fantastic Four - Better than the last two, but still not great
Deadpool - Better than the last time we saw Deadpool on big screen, but disappointing
Bats v Supes - About on par with Superman Returns
X: Apocalypse - on par with First Class
TMNT2 - idk... is Michael Bay involved at all? that's low fruit... I'm disappointed in me
Suicide Squad - too much too soon
Gambit - I hope there's a dance-off bc I assume that's all that will save Tatum in this one.