Wrapping Up 2014: Ranking the Comic Book Movies of the Year
With the year 2014 ending, I thought I would take some time to reflect on this past year of film and even look towards the future at what lies ahead. From the best films of the year to the God-awful bombs we all want to forget, this has been an interesting year for movies. Some of our most anticipated films have met our expectations, exceeded them or have fallen short. So as we approach the next year which will, hopefully, hold an even better year for film, let's think about and remember the best parts of 2014.
In this article, we will be Ranking the Comic Book Movies of the Year.
The comic book movies that apply for the list are Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past and Guardians of the Galaxy.
#4 The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Rotten Tomtatoes: 53%
My Rating: 4.55/10
Not only was The Amazing Spider-Man 2 the worst comic book movie of the year, but it was the year's most disappointing film and one of the worst movies of the year period. I love the character of Spider-Man. I grew up reading the original 1960's Stan Lee and Steve Ditko (later John Romita) comic books. I grew up watching the Sam Raimi Spider-Man movies. I have a profound love for the character and his history and lore. He's such a rich character that you can really mine and tell a very good movie, which is what the first two Raimi films did. Now, when The Amazing Spider-Man came out in 2012, I liked it. I wasn't blown away by it but it was good. And I was looking forward to the second. Electro was a villain that I thought could be a really good villain, and Jaime Foxx is such a good actor. Dane DeHaan had become an actor I really liked after Chronicle and I thought that he would be great as Harry Osborn. The trailers looked good and everything led up to hopefully being an awesome comic book movie!
No such luck. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 turned out to be a pile of garbage. When I came out of the theater, I liked it. I thought it was decent. I was disappointed by a lot of things but I still kind of liked it. Then, as time went by, and I began to realize how bad it really was. And it is a bad movie. It tries to expand into a larger universe by sacrificing this movie in order to set up Sinister Six. None of the characters were really developed (let's forget about the Rhino). There was so much CGI and over the top action that it took the fun out of it and it ruined the character. I'm hoping that, whether Marvel gets their hands on the character or Sony gets their act together, the character can be redeemed and a good movie can be made. Because this was atrocious.
#3 Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Rotten Tomatoes: 89%
My Rating: 7.95/10
While I may seem like I'm "everything Marvel" (in some ways I am), a good example to look at for that not being the case is Captain America: The First Avenger. I hated that movie. It is one of my least favorite comic book films ever. So while I was excited for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, I wasn't through-the-roof excited for it. The trailer looked good and I trusted Marvel. So I went to see it and it was great! The action was very well done and all the performances were spot-on. I won't spoil the huge spoiler, but for those of you who have seen it, I thought it worked for the movie and set up the larger universe. It was fun at the movies, but it was also a serious spy thriller. There were all these elements about the film that came together and worked. And while I didn't really care for Captain America as a character before, I now have new-found appreciation for him. It makes me even more excited for Captain America: Civil War.
#2 X-Men: Days of Future Past
Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
My Rating: 8.6/10
I have liked all of the X-Men films with a few exceptions (X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine mainly). But I really liked Matthew Vaughn's reinterpretation of the franchise in X-Men: First Class, especially the relationship between James McAvoy's Charles Xavier and Michael Fassbender's Erik Lehnsherr. Now, X-Men: Days of Future Past was going to bring the original cast along with the new cast together into an epic, time-traveling movie that would fix the continuity problems the previous films had caused. I was really looking forward to this film and, luckily, it ended up being the best X-Men film to date. The acting was all some of the best acting in superhero movies yet. The action was not over-the-top and was well done. The story was the best part of this movie, as it was carefully and meticulously crafted and built up for a fantastic pay-off at the end of the movie. Read our review here.
Now, this already would have been a fantastic year for comic book movies just with those two films, but then Marvel threw us something we never expected, with my favorite comic book movie of the year...
#1 Guardians of the Galaxy
Rotten Tomatoes: 90%
My Rating: 9/10
No one expected how good Guardians of the Galaxy was going to be. I remember when it was first announced. The common consensus was "Who the hell are the Guardians of the Galaxy??". It featured a talking raccoon and a walking tree. Then, the more trailers and posters and concept art that came out about, the more excited everyone got. And even though we were excited, we were not expecting it to be this good (or successful). It is, in my opinion, one of the best comic book films ever made. It incorporates humor, action and drama all together. It developed its characters well and proved James Gunn to be a brilliant director. The cast was fantastic with Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel. The film even went on to be the highest grossing movie of the year domestically and second highest worldwide, as well as being Marvel's third highest grossing film. The movie made an impact on pop culture and was applauded by critics and celebrities. It is one of those films that when you look back on 2014, you'll distinctly remember Guardians of the Galaxy. Read our review here.
To re-cap, my #4 was The Amazing Spider-Man 2, #3 was Captain America: The Winter Solider, #2 was X-Men: Days of Future Past and my #1 was Guardians of the Galaxy.
What do you think? Which comic book films did you like? Which didn't you like? What's your list? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
Written by: Nate
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