Comic Books. Graphic Novels. Mangas. For the geeks in us, they have always been the greatest source of entertainment. Most of their characters grew with us and have become an indispensable source of nostalgia and excitement. The heroes instilling values and righteousness even before our parents could and the villains portraying the complexity of the world that lies ahead of us. As a result of their ever increasing popularity, we also got to see many comic book movies. In this segment we will only be looking at live action films though, no disrespect towards animated or short films, they are great but categorization is required to have a clear idea when it comes to such a huge collection of adaptations. Disagreeing with both the popular opinions : comic book adaptations should be a source of entertainment and the best comic book movies can only be judged by placing it in the same light as you would do for any other film.
Entertainment enthusiasts have to understand that the cheap popcorn flick that is being served today in the disguise of a blockbuster is just very mediocre from a critical perspective, and staunch film critics should do better than generalize the sub-genre and recollect the impact some of the films had on the industry. The films on this list may prefer displaying the ugly side of the world, a desire for realism, an uncomfortable factor for a considerable section of audience but if you look around most of the characters and situations exist in the world we live in and its subtext is an intelligent social commentary that changes in presentation depending on the creator’s vision. Without spending much time on explanation that most of you are aware of, let’s look at the list of top comic book movies ever (And yes there are movies on this that you may not be aware of that they were based on comic books). You can some of these comic book movies on Netflix or Hulu or Amazon Prime.
Absolutely no surprises here. ‘Oldboy’ is the only masterpiece on this list. Adapted from the Japanese manga of the same name by Korean director Park-chan Wook, ‘Oldboy’ is one of those rare movies that are better than their source material. ‘Oldboy’ goes skinny dipping in the gory and shocking waters of the darkest subjects ever put in a graphic novel, relishing its lust for horror with outspoken style. ‘Oldboy’ was to Asia what Chinatown was to the western world, the birth of neo-noir and since then Korean cinema is going through a period of renaissance. Choi Min-sik who plays the tragic titular character Oh Dae-su, gave a riveting performance which can only be matched by the likes of Daniel Day-Lewis or the late Hoffman.
Park did change some elements within the movie, inclining it towards the mythical character of Oedipus and this did make the film feel like an epic. Except the story, the camerawork with long shots of the action sequences that feel so rhythmic and the beautiful trumpeting score that keeps on elevating the glory of the beast Dae-su had become, ‘Oldboy’ is undoubtedly the boldest epic of contemporary cinema, with Quentin Tarantino being a special entry in its fan following.
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