As I said yesterday, I’m going to try to get these out quickly. We saw a few changes to the list last time, and there will be a few more today. The Amazing Spider-Man went into a freefall dropping drastically down the list. Today, we’re going to start off with one that rose a few spots.
20. Watchmen (2009)
The more I watch this movie, the more I appreciate it. While it’s not a perfect adaptation of Alan Moore’s masterpiece graphic novel, it remains extremely faithful to the source material in most respects. Zack Snyder, while not the greatest director in the business, he is incredible at framing and capturing visuals, and his skill is on full display here. But even beyond that, the acting, especially that of Jeffery Dean Morgan (The Comedian), Jackie Earle Haley (Rorschach), and Billy Crudup (Dr. Manhattan) is top notch.
19. X-Men (2000)
The film that started the superhero boom in Hollywood, and launched the career of Hugh Jackman. Bryan Singer masterfully crafted a compelling and emotional story with just the right amount of humor to keep it from feeling too heavy. With Halle Berry’s accent slipping in and out, and the dumbing down of Sabretooth, the movie isn’t without it flaws. But there is plenty more that is done right than done wrong. Patrick Stewart’s portrayal of Professor X is particularly spot-on.
18. Hellboy (2004)
Slightly campy with plenty of dark humor, Hellboy is just a fun movie to watch. The fact that there is so much great philosophical content on top of that, just makes it even better. Amazing make-up and visual effects add to the greatness as well. And if there was an actor more destined to play a comic character than Ron Perlman was destined to play Hellboy, I don’t know who they are. John Hurt also gives a noteworthy performance as Professor Broom…and adds to his resume of movie deaths (sob). Seriously though, this guy is more certain to die in a role than Sean Bean.
17. Sin City (2005)
Despite being essentially blackballed by mainstream Hollywood for insisting that Frank Miller (creator of the Sin City comic) be given co-director status, Robert Rodriguez churned out an outstanding adaptation of Miller’s noir series. Fantastic performances across the board, over-the-top violence, and visuals and dialogue taken almost 100% from the comic series make for an extremely engaging ride.
16. V For Vendetta (2006)
In spite of major differences from Alan Moore’s graphic novel, this movie is still amazing. Much more story-driven than typical comic book fair, and punctuated by Hugo Weaving incredible portrayal of the titular V. Highly quotable, deeply political, and refreshingly smart for a movie based on a comic. Watching this movie has become a bit of a tradition for me, as I watch it on Guy Fawkes Night (November 5th) every year.
Probably won’t be posting over the long weekend. Will try to get the next installment out on Tuesday. Hope you are enjoying the ride so far. Have a safe Independence Day, and see you guys back here next time.