(This is a new thing I’m going to do every Tuesday.
I like lists. I love “favorites” lists.
So here we go.)
Top 10 Favorite Superhero Movies:
1: The Dark Knight Rises. Really, you could just lump the trilogy together and list it at my #1 spot. I thought how this one ended made it the strongest of the three. Batman has always been dark and gritty, and the brokenness of this trilogy mixed with a bit of hope and redemption fit exactly what I wanted.
2: Captain America: The Winter Soldier. This surprised me. I don’t normally root for the boyscout type, but Captain America has a lot of depth that I really enjoyed. I really, really enjoyed the partnership with the Black Widow and the fact that it didn’t cross into a love-interest territory. And, so often a superhero movie can be crammed with way too much to the point that nothing makes sense together (I’m looking at you, Spiderman 3), but I thought this one was just right.
3: Guardians of the Galaxy. I don’t care who you are, this is a great, fun movie. I first saw this on a 4th date when he was an hour late, the popcorn was stale, and the theater was one of the worst I’ve ever been in. But, nothing spoiled this movie for me once it started. I didn’t really know what to expect, and I’ve definitely never laughed so hard at a superhero movie. Also, there’s no reason I should’ve cried about a raccoon and a tree, but there ya go.
4: The Avengers. I was mostly relieved by how well all the previously-established characters/storylines came together. It was interesting to see so many characters who had already been fleshed out thrown together in one movie. I’ve always been a Whedon fan, and it was fun for all those little, recognizable quirks too.
5: X-Men: Days of Future Past. They had me at the use of time-travel. And, well, Fassbender. The first three X-Men movies were never quite what I wanted, but I loved how this “corrected” a lot of that.
6: Nightwatch. The most hipster thing I ever say — “You probably haven’t heard of this.” It’s a Russian film by Timur Bekmambetov. I know this is really more fantasy, but these people can move in and out of a dimension as the forces of Light battle the forces of Evil, and last time I looked Hawkeye doesn’t have powers that super. This is a sequel, but I liked the end so much that I liked this one more than the first, Daywatch.
7: X-Men: First Class. Again, Ijust love how much better this was than the original trio of X-Men movies. And I love a good backstory.
8: Thor: The Dark World. Another Marvel franchise surprise. I don’t really like Thor, honestly. I think the world is cool and Loki is fantastic, but Thor himself I’m just “meh” about (cue women yelling at me). But, I let go of expecting this to be good, and I found myself liking it a lot.
9: Unbreakable. It’s a mess at times, but I like the use of “reality” in this one. I feel like this is what Hancock was aiming for — a superhero set in our real world — but the slower, deeper look at discovering superpowers here I liked better.
10: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. A childhood favorite, largely listed for nostalgia, but it’s still fun to re-watch.