Post by M. W. Gallaher on Dec 31, 2016 9:54:45 GMT -5
#3 Ant-Man (2015) ---
--- I've loved many of Marvel's movies, and several came close to being on my list, but this one was a certainty. Hank Pym is one of my very favorite Marvel heroes, ever since Marvel Feature #4. And one of the last I'd ever have dreamed of seeing on the big screen. I remember one of the Bullpen Bulletins, decades ago, talking enthusiastically about an Ant-Man script, and from the brief description, it seemed likely that this script was Ant-Man in name only, just another Shrinking Man story. I figured that might happen. But not something like this! I mean, Ant-Man as a legacy hero, Scott Lang, taking over from the original Ant-Man, Hank Pym?! And they're not ditching the "talks to ants" part, but in fact embracing it as a major aspect of the character's abilities?! Unbelievable! But it's true! It's real! It's on screen, in 3-D! It's sometimes enough just to see something like that happen, enough to make you forgiving of flaws, and liberties taken. But there wasn't much this film needed to be forgiven for, as far as I was concerned. The costume was close enough (although I think that Kirby's helmet could not be improved on), use of "Yellowjacket" for the villain wasn't a deal-breaker, since Hank's version of the character was always a bit sinister anyway, Hope Van Dyne was A-OK once we found out that the original Wasp was also a part of the story. While the main villain was yet another replay of the "dark duplicates" antagonists that plagued so many of Marvel's movies (Iron Man, Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man 3, etc.), the framing of the story as a super-powered heist film was novel. The ties to the rest of the MCU were satisfying, with a great tussle with the Falcon, the humor was genuine, characters endearing, and the ending satisfying. I couldn't have asked for more from an Ant-Man movie, and considering how unlikely it was in the first place, I'd have been satisfied with far less.
Post by Prince Hal on Dec 31, 2016 15:35:41 GMT -5
#3 The Rocketeer (1991)
I’m delighted to see so many mentions of this too often overlooked movie, which dead-on nails so much of what makes comics, and serials, and 1940s design elements, and movies great. It seems to have been made with such unabashed affection for both its form and its content that it couldn’t help be a masterpiece.
The score is majestic and inspirational, the actors are ideal for their parts, the flying effects are superb, the costumes (The Rocketeer uni is one of the all-time best ever, right?), sets and overall look of the thing impeccable; how the heck wasn’t this picture “a big fat smelly hit,” as my actor friend calls ‘em?
Look at all of the elements in The Rocketeer: a Zeppelin; Griffith Observatory; Errol Flynn; mobsters, Nazis; a secret weapon illustrated with a with Max Fleischer-style animated cartoon; Howard Hughes and the Spruce Goose; a gorgeous, spunky girlfriend; a wise, eccentric mentor, the King of the Rocketmen; Rondo Hatton; air races; biplanes; the Hollywoodland sign; nods to Indiana Jones and The Right Stuff as well as about a dozen other movies; well, there’s probably a scene with a kitchen sink, too.
This has to be in the discussion when you’re talking about the best ever translations of what we love about comics to the screen. Don’t know much more that could have been added that would have made The Rocketeer any better than it is.
"The rarer action is In virtue than in vengeance." -- The Tempest, 5.1