I did my top 20 horror and SF films last year, and found doing the lists to be more fun than expected, so in a massive bit of logic here’s my top 20 films adapted or inspired from comics. I need to point out I mean comics, not ‘superhero comics’ which is a lazy, and incorrect way to describe a wonderfully varied medium and it’d also cut out some bloody good films!
Previously, in this list at #20, X Men, 19, The Crow, 18, Heavy Metal, 17, Spider Man ,16, The Avengers, 15, Danger: Diabolik, 14, The Dark Knight Trilogy , 13, A History of Violence, 12, Kick Ass , 11,Spider Man 2 , 10, Barbarella and 9, Batman Returns.
Next up is X Men 2, or X2, or the sequel to the first Bryan Singer X Men film.
X Men 2 is pretty much the perfect modern superhero film. It’s got engaging characters, plot, subtexts, action, metaphors and lots of people in leather jumpsuits hitting and tabbing each other with their adamantium claws. It really is one of those rare cases where the sequel is not only as good as the first film, but actually totally surpasses it. Yes, it sometimes does get swamped by the amount of characters in it but most of the time all the various plot threads seem to be going somewhere rather than just hopelessly flailing around hoping that everything sorts itself up during it’s running time.
This is also the film where Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine clearly becomes the main character in these films which is obviously why producers decided to make an awful and a slightly less awful couple of Wolverine solo films, though the entire film hinges on Stryker, the character played by the always superb Brian Cox. Without him there’s no plot so in effect he becomes the film’s MacGuffin.
Singer puts a lot of work in this film to make it work as it’s own beast as opposed to a sequel, and what most expected at the time, a middle film in a trilogy that he’d complete. Sadly, Singer decided to go away and make Superman Returns and some worthless shite hack made a third film that’s not even worth wasting any more spite upon. I do look forward to Singer’s return with Days of Future Past if only to see if he’s remembered how to make a good film as he’s not done one since X Men 2. I can but hope….
Next up, who was the law again?