Thursday, February 24, 2011

Edward Scissorhands (1990 Movie Review)

                       

      When it comes to talented Hollywood writers and directors, one that I find to be one of the most interesting is dark vision-ist Tim Burton. He always has a unique style, heavy atmosphere and imaginative look for his dark and elaborate movies including “Corps Bride”, “Batman” and “Beetlejuice”. One big reoccurring theme in his movies is that there about outcasts, rebels that don’t fit in with the rest of society. One of my favorite films of his that tackles this subject beautifully is the 1990 classic “Edward Scissorhands”. This is a sweet little gothic fairy tale about a creature named Edward that was created in a lab and is now trying to find his way in life.

     The opening credit sequence for this movie is outstanding, full of crazy images and is boasted with yet another terrific score from Danny Elfman. It’s like a tradition for Tim Burton’s movies to have a musical score by Danny Elfman, the two just go together like bread and butter and of all the musical scores that Elfman has composed for Burton, this one is my favorite. It’s creepy, yet it almost sounds like a melody you’d here in a Christmas song. This score was so successful that it’s been used in trailers for several other films including “A Series of Unfortunate Events”, “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and for some reason “The Master of Disguise”. 



The late great prince of horror films Vincent Price makes a few small appearances as the lonely inventor, it’s such a nice little role for him and it’s so appropriate that one of his last films would be a Tim Burton movie because Burtons very first film was a short movie titled “Vincent”, a story about a boy who was obsessed with Vincent Price (Vincent Price also did the narration in this short film). We get to see the inventors crazy lab in all its glory through flashbacks and it’s just a stamp of Tim Burton’s classy look and design, it almost looks like “Frankenstein’s” lab rented out by “Willy Wonka”.    


    The inventors plan is to create a living creature that he can regard as a son, so his life would be more complete. He comes very close to completing it but unfortunately he dies before he could give his creation hands. The look and feel of Edward’s character was inspired by two popular Horror movie monsters. Edward’s scissor hands are very reminiscent of Freddy Krueger’s razor sharp gloves from “A Nightmare on Elm Street”. This character is also very reminiscent of Frankensteins monster from “Frankenstein”. Both creatures were created in a lab by scientists, both are living beings with feelings and emotions, yet there regarded as monsters. One day a local Avon saleswoman named Peg discovers him in the inventors abandoned castle and she invites him to live with her family. The two have really good chemistry, peg is also an outcast in a sense because she is always ignored by her neighbors and is a person that’s often made fun of. Surprisingly, it’s the first half of the film, that you feel the most uncomfortable watching. At first Edward is actually excepted into this neighborhood and everything is all nice and fluffy for the first half but you have this aching feeling that something is going to go wrong and that something bad is going to happen to poor Edward that will change the mood of the film. Once it finally happens, the drama just keeps on coming and it’s an interesting depiction of how someone who differs from the norm can be rejected from society.


     During the second half of the movie, we see a new relationship take place, which is something that I have mixed feelings about. Edward begins to fall in love with Pegs daughter Kim and she in return grows feelings for Edward. I don’t know why but something about this relationship makes me feel like it’s just bringing it down for a wider audience, the two just don’t have as much in common, the same way Edward and Peg did but this is still a very sweet relation. Kim is played by the beautiful young Winona Ryder, (who also starred in an earlier Tim Burton film “Beetlejuice”) and is a true delight to have on screen. What these two characters lack in chemistry, they make up for with some genuinely beautiful scenes. I love that moment with Kim dancing under the falling snow that Edward is creating by chipping of ice for an ice sculpture and the background music once again is a perfect match. Of cores I can’t go without mentioning that beautifully tragic scene where Kim wants Edward to hold her, to which he simply responds by saying “I can’t.” Yeah, according to every woman on the planet, your considered a bad person if you don’t get water eyed at that. There’s actually a lot of comedy in this film that balances off the drama perfectly. My favorite scene is when Kim and Edward first meet, she comes home late from a camping trip, goes into her room only to discover Edward in her bed and what fallows is side splitting laughter from the audience. 


     Aside from honest emotion and dramatic depth, this is a very artistic film. The music, the imagery, the settings, it all gives this film a very unique atmosphere and I absolutely love it. Burtons films usually take place in a warped reality of our own world and this film is no exception. There are distinct looks for the different locations in this film, from the dark and gothic look of the castle, too the wild and crazy factory, too the bright and colorful neighborhood. 

The look of this small neighborhood is just the perfect example of how Tim Burton can take a perfectly normal setting and twist it around. Streets bend at weird angles, hedges are trimmed to look like dinosaurs or family portraits and with so many different, brightly colored houses and cars, it almost looks like a very unique Easter themed town.


     Of cores in the role of Edward is none other than Johnny Depp in his very first collaboration with Tim Burton. His role as Edward is definitely one of his better character performances. The blank look on his face combined with a sweet, kind loving personality is terrific. Depp would go on to be the reoccurring star in many other Burton films including “Sleepy Hollow”, “Ed Wood”, “Corps Bride”, “Alice in Wonderland”, “Charley and the Chocolate Factory”, “Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Flint Street” and he will be staring in Burtons upcoming production titled “Dark Shadows”. Gosh Burton, I may like Depp as much as the next fan but give someone else like Robert Downy Jr. a chance to star in your films.

      Overall, despite the gothic overtones in this movie, there is still a heart at the center of this film. Throughout the movie you feel magic, drama, beauty and discomfort, making it a very unique movie experience. It’s not a huge re-watch film but it is still masterfully crafted, holds a strong atmosphere, a hypnotically beautiful musical score and likable characters which make the whole experience worthwhile. I give “Edward Scissorhands” 3 ½ stars.
  

Monday, February 21, 2011

A look at video game Adaption’s that aren’t that bad

      Why is it so hard to make a good adaption of a video game into a movie or a TV show? Never before has a videogame spinoff been successful, but to be honest, it’s not hard to imagine why. The whole enjoyment of videogames comes from playing them yourself and getting yourself out of situations and watching it doesn’t give you that same rush of excitement. In fact most of these movies have been one of three things, just okay (like “Lora Croft Tomb Rader”), terrible (like “Doom” and "Hitman") or downright, piss offal (like "Pokémon the First Movie" and "Alone in the Dark"). However while every video game adaption has been a failure there are still a few that really aren’t that bad. They may not be masterpieces of film but never the less are descent, nostalgic and defiantly rank in the category of good. So I’m just going to view some video game spinoffs, (in no particular list or order) that all have their flaws but are still worth giving a look.
  Let’s first look at some kids TV show spinoffs of videogames. Well, there were plenty of bad ones that I grew up with including “The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog”, “The Super Mario Brothers Super Show”, “Captain N”, ”The Adventures of Link” and the later seasons of “Pokémon”. No, seriously why did Pokemon have so many different seasons. I suppose for the time it was a descent show but 14 seasons and still running is ridicules. If that wasn’t enough, there are also 15 animated Pokémon movies and 5 of them were released in theaters. Really, out off all those amazing animated Batman movies, only 1 was released in the cinema but Pokémon had 5. Now to be fare, the second film “Pokémon 2000” wasn’t that bad. It’s not something I’d show to my children but it did excite me as a kid, the animation was great, the villain was fun, there was an actual effort put into the story, the action was thrilling, best of all was the sensational music. The score ranges from fast paced and exhilarating to calm and soothing. Even the end credits are worth sitting through just for the music. I would actually recommend pulling up some of this music on You-Tube” and that’s saying something.
      Another show that I remember enjoying as a kid was "Sonic the Hedgehog" (the second Sonic the Hedgehog show) and it was surprisingly descent. It’s not one of the greatest shows I grew up with but it is admirable for taking a video game that was about nothing and then turning it into something with substance. It had a subtle environmental massage, the animation was cool and dark, the characters were nicely thought out and the theme song was unforgettable. In fact, I would go so far as to say it’s one of the all time greatest openings to a children’s T.V. show, it absolutely rocked. Like I said, not one of the best animated shows from my youth but at the very least I would put it in the category of good.
       Now let’s look at some of the live action video game spin offs. I didn’t love the “Lora Croft Tomb Rader” films but they weren’t terrible, the second film “Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life” is worth a rent. The action is alright and the premise of someone looking for an artifact that holds the secret to the creation of life is an interesting concept and Angelina Jolie is great in the leading role. Neither of these films are that amazing but they made for entertaining adventure films.
 Now I don’t care who you are, but I really like “Mortal Kombat”. This is a fun, fun movie and it doesn’t take an expert critic to tell you that this film is bad but never the less there’s nothing boring and you get plenty of enjoyment from it. The visual effects and set design’s have so much charm to them and it returns you to that feeling of a child playing video games or going to Disney Land, it’s a very strong otherworldly atmosphere. You may think that all comes from seeing it at a young age but I was a sophomore in high school when I saw this. The characters are nothing special but they do keep the film going. Sonya is my favorite, a chick who can kick ass and still look really hot in skin tight outfits. The action is great, it may not be big time exciting but the duals do keep you very entertained and there is some great choreography combined with appropriately cheesy visual effects. Once again like several other films on this list, the music is the best thing about it. The score get’s you all hyped up for action and it combines these cool musical notes with sounds that you would hear on game boy or Super Nintendo, it’s absolutely brilliant. So if you find yourself bored and can’t think of the right film to watch, turn your brain off and enjoy “Mortal Kombat”, its good mindless fun. Just don’t see the sequel “Mortal Kombat Annihilation”, it sucked.
        My favorite video game spinoff would have to be “Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within”. This film broke the boundaries to how much ass an animated film can kick and it raised the bar for how believable animation can look. This is a film that really transports you to another world and you really get cot up with the situations at hand as well as the characters involved. The music was soft and emotional and the action was just a spectacle. One of the highlights of this film was the characters, in “Mortal Kombat” and “Pokémon 2000”, the characters were nothing great but they kept the film going. This film gave us real characters that you get emotionally attached with and you really want to see what happens to them after words. The whole look of this film is just awesome, not just with detail but it looks almost like live action. Once the credits roll, you feel like you just returned from a fun adventure in space. Now like I said in the opening, every video game adaption has met with bad results and unfortunately this film is no exception but I still I insist that some video game adaption’s are fun and of all of them “Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within” shouldn’t just be regarded as the most competent but as a genuinely good film.  

 So will we ever get a successful video game spinoff, well maybe they should just be left as video games but I would to like to imagine that someday there will be a successful video game spinoff.     

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Lost in Space (Movie Review)

         

        We see several times in cinema that film makers have good intentions or at the very least had a good set up and the promise of something decent but failed to deliver all the way. The 1998 movie “Lost in Space” certainly fits that description. The film is based off the cult favorite 60’s TV show “Lost in Space” but it wasn’t meant to be a tribute to the fans of that show, more of a chance to just get a big Sci-Fi blockbuster out there. While it was a big box office success, beating "Titanic's" 15 week run, the film didn't get favorable feed back. To be honest, this film was on par with several fascinating new Sci-Fi movies that I was introduced to at a young age in the late 90’s including “Independence Day”, “Star Trek First Contact”, “Men in Black” and the special edition relies of the original “Star Wars Trilogy”. But off all those great action Sci-Fi’s I grew up with, “Lost in Space” has aged the worst with me.

       As a young 1st grade student, I was always hyped about big budget movies like this one and the trailer looked really cool. However, like I said before this is one of those movies that had a lot of potential to be far better than what it turned out to be, but for what it is, it’s not the biggest disappointment I’ve ever seen either. The set up goes like this, the Robinson family are assigned to find a new planet for the people of Earth to colonize on because there planet is getting to populated. However, a saboteur stows away on the ship, screws things up and an accident sends them soaring across the galaxy into unknown space. Now this broken family has to pull together and find a way through the endless dangers of space. That’s an excellent set up for a big blockbuster Sci-Fi film and it really shouldn't have been that hard to do something good with it. 


    The first big problem with this film is the Robinson family themselves, they are so one dimensional, such obvious cardboard cut outs, share really stupid dialog and are completely forgettable. Every time there on screen, the audience is forced to listen to wit-less banter, dry personalities and lots of unengaging performances. To be fare, there is one memorable character, the evil saboteur named Dr. Smith, played by the always fantastic Gary Oldman, who manages to be the single bright spot in the film. I also enjoyed the robot character called B9. The B9 was one of the biggest trademarks of the show and he get's a fairly decent redesign that keeps that classic image alive while also updating it properly. His voice was awesome, he gets two really cool and different looks for the price of one and he made for a really awesome, best selling action figure to for us kids.


     My biggest complement I have would be the look of this film. Unlike the futures seen in films like “Minority Report” or “Blade Runner”, where everything is dark and depressing, this was an awesome looking future with lots of colors and comfortable environments. I love the interior designs of the space ships, it had a very big Disney land like feel to it and it just looked like a future that wouldn't be that depressing to live in. The effects themselves are you usual impressive visuals for the 90's, which honestly had a little more charm then what we get all the time today.   



      So where does this film go south, well, while the set up certainly had potential, they just don’t do anything with the premise after words. There’s a nice little space battle in the opening of the film, we get a slightly exciting fight with some space spiders and another slightly exciting climax with Dr. Smith turning into a giant monster spider creature. But the rest of this film literally gets lost in this really messy plot about time travel, time bubbles, an Alternate reality future, which honestly isn't that hard to correct, constant plot wholes and one too many confusing things that just don’t add up. It’s just a complete mess and it didn't need to be, it could have been an exciting adventure about a family traveling through space but it’s wasted with boring characters, a convoluted time travel script and little too no alien creatures or even planets. Aside from all the space spiders, the only other alien creature we get is this stupid looking space monkey, I mean holly cow, that has to be one of the worst looking special effects I've ever seen.


    Overall, it’s one of those bad movies that’s bad in a fairly harmless way. It didn’t hurt me to watch it, but it didn’t give me any reason to see it again. Maybe if it was a pilot for a TV show, it could have been more salvageable but there’s really no substance to this. So that’s it, no real anger or frustration, just a missed opportunity to be something better. I give “Lost in Space” 2 stars out of 5.       

Every Animated Batman Movie Ratted (direct to video)

        
      Originally, I had a series of individual reviews of all the theatrical Batman movies, starting here, however, they were scattered all over my site and harder to notice. So I’ll be moving them all in a new location, the July 2012 Colum along with a new review of “The Dark Knight Rises”. So in their place, I’m going to do a quick list of my thoughts of all the animated, direct to video Batman movies. “Batman Mask of the Phantasm” will not be on this list because it was released in the theater and I’m giving it a full review along with the other live action Batman films. I also won’t include any videos that are just compilations of batman episodes, and this list is for solo Batman films only, no Superman crossovers or animated Justice League movies.   


Batman and Mr. Freeze Subzero (1998)


 My personal score is 7/10.
Mr. Freeze is easily my favorite of all the Batman villains and this film succeeded in telling a conflicting, even emotional story from his point of view. The only downside is that Batman has little else to contribute, and almost feels like a side character. Despite that, "SubZero" is still a worthy adaption from the classic 90's series and a high point for one of the franchises greatest villains.  
(Featured Villains: Mr. Freeze and Greg Belsen)



Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (2000)


 My personal score is 10/10.
An absolute masterpiece, its dark and brooding but it’s also very exciting, smart and manages to celebrate Batman Beyond as well as the classic Batman. Great focus on the characters, terrific action, and a stunning hero villain conflict. This is a film that should have been released in theaters because it’s right up there with some of the best Batman adventures ever. 
(Featured Villains: The Joker, Harley Quinn and the Joker Gang)



Batman Mystery of the Batwoman (2003)

  My personal score is 6/10.
This is a decent little adaption from the 90’s TV show (released in the 2000’s), it has some good twists, a thrilling climax and all the good stuff you'd expect from Batman. However, the story was nothing special and the villains were boring. This adds up to a competent but average good film.  
(Featured Villains: The Penguin, Rupert Thorne and Bane)



The Batman vs. Dracula (2005)

 My personal score is 8/10.
A far better crossover than “The Batman/ Superman Movie”, the chemistry and rivalry between Batman and Dracula was well thought out, and it’s really cool to see the two most famous bat themed characters going into battle. There’s plenty of nods to the lore of both Batman and Dracula, and some well placed characters from the Batman universe including Vicki Vale (who was featured in the 1989 Tim Burton Batman movie). The music was dark and haunting, the animation was very stylish, especially in the dream and flashback sequences, the story was fast paced, and action packed. For the only movie adaption from "The Batman" TV series, it definitely ranks high as one of the best.  
(Featured Villains: Dracula, The Joker, The Penguin and a small cameo from The ventriloquist)


Batman: Under The Red Hood (2010)

 My personal score is 9/10.
The first stand alone, animated Batman movie that wasn't adapted from a TV show, and easily my second favorite of the direct to video Batman films (the first being Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker).  It may be predictable and full of used plot lines from other Batman films, but it’s still dark, brooding, action packed, epic, and full of great character complexity helps to make this a terrific gem in the Batman saga. 
(Featured Villains: Red Hood, The Joker, Black Mask, Ra's al Ghul and a small cameo of the Riddler)


Batman Year One (2011)

 My personal score is 4/10.
It stays true to the source material, but it's too much of a cut and passed of the comic it's based off, giving those of us who read the comic nothing new. There are hardly any villains, not much of a plot, disappointing climax, and Commissioner Gordon mostly hijacks the film from Batman. In the end, it doesn't leave you with much and while it’s not terrible, I’d say it’s a safe one to skip. 
(Featured Villains: Catwoman and various crime lords) 




Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 (2012)

 My personal score is 5/10.
Darkly stylish and respectful to the source material, but the story trudges on to many familiar grounds, with hardly any new surprises, and the whole affair just comes off as average and forgettable
(Featured Villains: The Mutant Gang, Two-Face and The Joker) 




Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 2 (2013)

 My personal score is 6/10.
Not for the faint of heart, "Part 2" takes the animated Batman universe into very violent, bloody and intense territory. There’s still lots of triumphant moments and features a thrilling battle between the two most legendary hero’s of all time, but once again, nothing that special stands out. It has good concepts and character driven story arch's, but the lesser story keeps it from being as good or as memorable as other Batman outings.  
(Featured Villain: The Joker) 




Son of Batman (2014)

My personal score is 8/10.
Aggressively violent but competently made and a nonstop thrill ride from beginning to end. With Robin depicted as a vengeful youth, our hero as the conscience that guides him and Slade as the evil mastermind pulling all the strings, "Son of Batman" is a worthy installment in the animated Batman saga, and one that breaks away from the common formula associated with the character.   
(Featured Villains: Slade (also known as Death Stroke), Man Bats, Talia Al Ghul, Killer Crock, Ra's al Ghul and small cameo's of Two-Face and The Joker)




Batman: Assault on Arkam (2014)
















My personal score is 7/10.

With an action packed plot set in Arkham Asylum, a dark sense of hummer and no shortage of cool Batman villains, "Assault on Arkham", is an imperfect but highly entertaining entry in the animated Batman cannon. 
(Featured Villains: The Suicide Squad, The Joker, Harley Quinn, The Riddler, and cameo appearances of The Penguin, Two-Face, Poison Ivy, Bane and Scarecrow)  



Batman vs. Robin (2015)
















My personal score is 9/10.

Focusing on complex themes of faith and family ties over the typical comic-book formula, make this a stand out Batman film, but it's still not without some first rate visuals, atmosphere, and a menacing group of less popular, but noteworthy villains
(Featured Villains: Talon, The Doll Maker, and the League of Owls)


Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)


















My personal score is 6/10.

For an animated adaption of one of Batman's most classic graphic novels, limited theatrical run and a reunion of the outstanding voice cast ... it needed to be better then just "average". It had it's moments for sure, but it was mostly meandering, formulaic, and forgettable. 


(Featured Villain: The Joker and Paris Franz)


Be sure to check out my reviews of the other theatrical Batman movies, where I go into a lot more detail.

                            The End  

Sunday, February 13, 2011

All Marvel Comic Movies Ranked (2000 - 2016)

   
I’m a big fan of “Marvel”, I love the comics, cartoons and movie adaptions, so I decided to rank all the live action Marvel comic adapted films from the 2000’s from least favorite to favorite, but limited to their respected series because that's a lot of movies to rank. I’m just going to give quick comments on these films because 33 movies is a lot to go through. 



The X-Men Movies ranked (In my Opinion) .... 




#10. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)


My personal score is 6/10

An average revenge story, obvious action cliches, and an origin set-up that shatters the mystery of the franchises most intriguing hero really brings the film down hard. Having said that, Hugo Jackman still gives a solid performance, there’s some entertainment and enough beautiful cinematography to make it slightly passive.






#9. Deadpool (2016)


My personal score is 6.5/10

If your not a fan of really rude, needlessly sexual, and overly violent meta humor, you should probably skip this film entirely, but if you like extremely clever, forth wall breaking comic book satire, interjected with lots of style and charismatic performances, then "Deadpool" will entertain the living crap out of you! As for me personally ... I'm caught somewhere between the two extremes. 







#8. X2: X-Men United (2003)


My personal score is 7/10

It's slower, less action-packed then other Superhero films, and is noticeably lacking "color", but well developed characters, a larger story and an exciting premise make this one of the smarter “X-Men” movies.  










#7. X-Men 3: The Last Stand (2006)



 My personal score is 7.5/10

Even though it’s not quite as smart as “X2 –X-Men United”, I think there’s still just enough story and character interaction to hold up the films sheer spectacles, big concepts, ambitious direction, thrilling action scenes, and despite it's rushed pace, I feel this third entry contains more of what I want to see in an X-Men film. 









#6. Logan (2017)


My personal score is 8/10

Brutally violent, depressing, and some what inconsistent in passing, but still a poignant, powerfully acted send off for Huge Jackman in his final role as the iconic hero. It's also a deeply thrilling introduction to X-23, making this a "not-perfect" but satisfying and strong entry in the series.









#5. X-Men (2000)


My personal score is 10/10

While not one of the most re-watchable entries in the series, I'll always regard this as the classic movie that started it all. I’ve always loved the X-Men comics, TV shows and seeing this live action film adaption was a real treat. This is the movie that made me love comic book movies, a big Marvel fan, an even bigger “X-Men” fan than I already was, a big action fan and a fan of the wonders of cinema. Plus this film succeeds in bringing a crowded group of characters together, with charm, humanity and a sharp narrative focus. To this day it’s still one of my favorite movies of all time.


#4. X-Men: First Class (2011)



My personal score is 9/10

Combining the smart and competent writing of the first two X-Men movies with the massive, explosive and action packed tones of the ladder two films make "First Class" a rare fifth installment that manages to surpass all of it's predecessors. 











#3. The Wolverine (2013)

My personal score is 8.5/10


Lots of cool locations, action scenes that thrill, an excellent pace that never feels rushed and a deeper character themed story make “The Wolverine” a worthy stand alone action flick that the classic character has always deserved.










2. X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

My personal score is 9.5/10

The "First Class" series concludes in a blaze of epic glory, show casing one of the comics most iconic villains, character depth, the welcome return of old characters now played by young new talents, resonant themes and a final battle that I'll be remembering as one of the franchises shining moments.








1. X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)



 My personal score is 10/10

"X-Men: Days of Future Past" highlights the best of the series and gives you more, including powerful performances, an intriguing plot involving time travel, alternate realities, plenty of high stake action and even moral substance at the center.  










The Spider-Man Movies ranked (In my Opinion) .... 




6. The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

My personal score is 7/10

While this reboot really wasn't necessary at all, it dose at least have some charm, style, drama and solid performances that bring life to very likable characters. 












5. Spider-Man 3 (2007)

My personal score is 6.5/10

It’s problematic but at the very least I’d say it’s good. There’s plenty of spectacles to behold, including some awesome action scenes and the films collection of plot lines keep it from getting boring. With that said, there were still a little too many subplots crammed into one film, several moments when everyone felt out of character, some really annoying hummer and the villains didn't live up to their awesome potential. 







4. Spider-Man (2002)

My personal score is 7/10

Creative camera work, good casting and a well written comic book story make this a good adaption of the character. It’s not an amazing movie by any means but it’s still quiet good for what it is.













 3The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

My personal score is 7.5/10

While the tone and plot can get a little messy, the movie still delivers what Spider-Man fans enjoy, top-notch effects, sinister villains, epic battles and the captivating on screen chemistry between Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. 











2Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

My personal score is 9/10

Contagiously charming, colorful, funny and packed with A-list performances, "Homecoming" escapes it's familiar formula trappings and might just be the most "fun" of the web-heads outings to date. 











1. Spider-Man 2 (2004)

My personal score is 10/10

With its spectacular action scenes and a fascinating villain, this makes for a very fun superhero movie. But the deeper, character driven story and morals regarding what it means to be a hero allow "Spider-man 2" to rises above B movie comic book flick and can honestly be regarded as a genuinely great movie (it certainly is in my opinion).






Avengers Universe ranked (In my Opinion) .... 





14 . Iron Man 2 (2010)

 My personal score is 5/10

It features more action than the first "Iron Man" movie but everything else just feels tiered, suffering from too much empty story and less character development.



13. The Incredible Hulk (2008)

 My personal score is 6/10

While the movie is nothing truly sensational, it's still a huge improvement over the first film, with a far more exciting story, some fine action scenes and best off all is that Hulk is featured as more of a hero then just a mindless monster.


12. Iron Man (2008) 

  
My personal score is 7/10

Despite the movies lack of action and spectacles, “Iron Man” completely redeems itself with lots of charms, smart writing, a fun sense of hummer, good effects and a solid leading performance from Robert Downey Jr. as the title character.


11. Thor (2011)

  My personal score is 7/10

Full of beautiful visual effects, an epic mythical scope, a fine amount of humor and a very talented cast, that's more than enough to make "Thor" a worthwhile comic book movie.

  
10. Ant-Man (2015)



















My personal score is 8/10
With creativity, imagination, charming performances and a smart script that can overshadow even this films thrilling actions scenes, it makes "Ant-Man" a refreshing, small scaled superhero adventure


9. Thor: The Dark World (2013)

  My personal score is 8/10


While the story is nothing special and the hummer could be dialed down a little, “Thor: The Dark World” is still a first rate fantasy adventure, with an expanded mythical universe, lots of creativity, and some power house action scenes. 


8. Doctor Strange (2016)



















My personal score is 8/10
Artistically brilliant, visually arresting, highly imaginative and held together with a strong leading performance, "Doctor Strange" brings the fantasy genera into Marvels cinematic universe with style, flare and no shortage of dazzling imagery. 
  


7. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

  
My personal score is 8/10


A nifty script with a retro vibe + a cast of colorful characters + some thrilling and explosive action = a very satisfying and enjoyable superhero movie. 



6. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

 My personal score is 8/10
I didn't know a thing about the comic this film was based on, so I was a little lost on some details, but the films charming collection of memorable characters, colorful space design, light-hearted tone, thrilling space battles, and overall fun factor made this movie a sheer delight that brought out the inner child in me. 



5. Iron Man 3 (2013)

 
My personal score is 8.5/10

My favorite of the Iron Man movies by a mile, thanks to some great character themes, combined with all the charismatic hummer that you'd expect from these films, plus some stellar action scenes and a plot that's full of smart twists and turns. 


4. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)



  















My personal score is 8.5/10

Further developed characters, a menacing new villain, and no shortage of super-powered spectacles, allow this squeal to live up to the high quality standards of it's predecessor, and in many ways surpasses it.



4. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

My personal score is 8.5/10
Now here’s a Blockbuster sequel that respectfully takes a step back from world building or formulaic plots, and puts more focus on characters and in some respects even the human condition, yet it’s still entertaining as hell, with lots of comedy, space shooting mayhem and some of the most gorgeous visuals from Marvel yet ... which is saying something considering how good previous films have looked.   








3. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)



My personal score is 9/10
With an exceptionally smart story, full of political themes and less formulaic comic book gimmicks, this Captain America squeal knows how to respect it's audience while still entertaining theme with plenty of explosive spectacles.



2. The Avengers (2012)

  My personal score is 10/10

Outside of the stellar novelty of having a number of Marvels greatest hero’s sharing a movie together, it’s a very competent film, finding that perfect balance between huge, explosive action scenes, subtle character depth and a fun sense of hummer. It lives up to its hype and stands as solid Marvel entertainment.  



 1. Captain America: Civil War (2016)



















My personal score is 10/10
Now this is what you call a truly "great" Superhero movie, as it abandons the common hero movie formula, and cliched super villains for a real down to earth story that's laird with subtext, moral debates, conflicting rivals between close friends, yet it still allows the audience to have fun, thanks to some well placed comedy, and striking visuals. Throw in some welcome new comers, including the long awaited appearance of Spider-Man, and one of the most epic hero brawls ever featured on film, and "Civil War" stands as a benchmark among comic book movies.       



Other Marvel Movies ranked (In my Opinion) ....





 
12. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012)

  
My personal score is 2/10

Not only was this a pointless sequel but it’s also a completely brainless film that suffers from stupid villains, uninteresting characters, hammy performances, a rushed plot, ugly landscape and a very annoyingly shaky camera. Personally, it’s my least favorite movie to come from Marvel, because it offers nothing special in its long run time. 



11.  The Punisher (2004)

  
My personal score is 2/10

A distasteful killing spree with no real action, story and dull passé make “The Punisher” a weak comic book adaption. 



10. Blade Trinity (2004)


  My personal score is 3/10

This is another dull sequel that doesn't offer anything special for the series and is honestly more forgettable then anything else. 



9. Punisher: War Zone (2008) 

  
My personal score is 3/10

There’s some fun gun shooting action and Punisher comes closer to being an interesting anti-hero but the film suffers from too much pointless, over the top violence, a dumb plot and painfully cliché villains. 



8.  Hulk (2003) 

  My personal score is 3/10

Hulk” is just a painfully boring and uneventful film, with dull action, wooden performances, and the constant comic book style editing can cause the biggest headaches. The character himself doesn’t even qualify as a super hero, he’s just a super being with a bad attitude, how can anyone possibly be interested in that?  



7. Fantastic 4 (2015)

















My personal score is 3.5/10
While thankfully not burdened with dumb jokes, this mediocre origin film still favors set-up and exposition over little things like character development, storytelling or even exciting action, making this a completely forgettable and pointless superhero outing.


6. Elektra (2005)

  
My personal score is 4/10


This honestly isn’t the worst comic book movie ever made but all the same, it still takes itself too seriously and offers little worthwhile enjoyment or action, plus this is just a lousy fallow up to “Daredevil”.   


5. Fantastic 4 (2005)

  
My personal score is 4/10

The casting is okay and there’s some mild enjoyment but nothing worth looking at again. It needed more action, a far better story and less silly jokes. I really wanted this to be as good as “X-Men” because I’m a big fan of the “Fantastic 4” comic books but unfortunately it was a missed opportunity! 


4. Ghost Rider (2006)


    My personal score is 5/10

While “Ghost Rider” isn’t exactly a good movie, it certainly isn’t terrible, in fact there’s just enough visual flare that it can pass as derivative entertainment.



3. The Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)


  My personal score is 6/10

A fine improvement over the first film with better action, visuals, and fast pace entertainment but the hummer was still bad, the story is average and the characters just aren’t as interesting as they should be.



2. Blade 2 (2002)

 My personal score is 7/10

I’m really not a big fan of Blade, but to be fare, this film was an improvement and it made for a fun vampire action flick, with a better story and a sharp leading performance from Wesley Snipes.  


1. Daredevil (2003)

 
My personal score is 7.5/10

I thoroughly love the premise of a blind superhero, it gives me an awesome feeling that someone can use their disability as an advantage over life's obstacles. Plus the film is still full of honest human emotion, a rocking good soundtrack, intense battles and less of a flashy comic book style and has a little more down to earth tone.  


Fin.