The super hero-genre film has grown into its own over the last decade and even before thanks to some strong infusion from the Matrix, Blade, X-Men and Spider-man. However, over the years, a new crop of films that borrow much from the super hero genre have begun their taking over theatres and audiences with themes that seem very super heroic. To be fair this trend probably started in television with super hero friendly series like Buffy the Vampire Hunter. A lot of it felt very much like standard super hero fair, although there were no real masks, costumes and secret identities. The setups and adventures were often quite similar.
The basic premise of series like Buffy or movies series franchise like Twilight and I Am Number Four are powers and people who wields them in a world where few other people have such powers. Heroes played with the concept quite strongly. Meanwhile a slew of films have exposed the meaning of powers and potentially super heroes. For example, M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable explored the duality of the hero and the villain. Twilight deals with a world where some few individuals have super powers – linked to their vampire and werewolves. The difference between Twilight and say, something like Underworld is the focus on powers and the attempt of the characters to live in a normal human world, much like the struggling super hero often attempts to fit in in a world where he should be a god.
Speaking of gods, one thing which is interesting and common to both super heroes and all these movies with creatures, aliens and freaks of natures with powers, like in Jumper and its clone Push is how the powers of these beings, are beyond human, yet the individuals with these powers are still human in personality, aspirations and understandings. Whereas some people claim that the advent of the zombie movies of the last decade has something to do with society’s fear of epidemics and contamination and that vampire movies are about those outsiders on the fringe of society that organize themselves in selective clubs, the super powered people in many movies are just supposedly common humans, like Percy Jackson that somehow are human gods. Is the rise of the super hero an attempt for humans, common folks like Harry Potter to take back control over the world. All of these movies ape the themes of DC Comics’ Captain Marvel. At the core, it’s about a fantasy about a weak boy becoming a god among men.
Comic book readers are probably more used to these themes than the general public. A whole section of the comic book world is based on the popularity of the super hero. Yet, it seems that this same wish to overcome one’s human limits is shared by many other people. Super heroes are not about fear of diseases or the unknown and wild, like zombies, vampires and werewolves. They are about the breaking the limits of the regular human. And that’s why films like Twilight seem so poor as full-fledged vampire flicks but resonate so well with an audience that wishes it could go beyond its limits in society.
Some of those new films aping super heroes do it so well, that they completely espouse the theme of the super hero. One such film Hancock still stands as almost completely unique in how it borrowed so much from the genre. Only a comedy like My Super Ex-Girlfriend comes close to portraying the world of the super hero in a recent movie not adapted from a comic book.
July 23, 2021 - 08:32
This review is coming from a fan of the G.I. Joe franchise who grew up with the toys, the cartoon, and the comics.
April 25, 2021 - 10:02
In normal times, this film would one of the summer’s blockbuster. Here, it is a softly launch movie with no major studio backing, released as a Blu-Ray @vvs_films
June 6, 2019 - 09:59
Can Brandon Breyer’s parents stop him before he decides to conquer the world?
June 6, 2019 - 09:28
The dark humour is fun and the battle choreography is excellent.
January 23, 2018 - 12:38
Miyazaki's legacy endures
September 8, 2017 - 11:59
Frank Adler is a single guy attempting to raise his niece which is a gifted child
August 14, 2017 - 13:04
Advertising executive Roger Thornhill is mistaken for federal spy George Caplan and must clear his name, before foreign spies kill him.
July 11, 2017 - 08:16
After viewing Baby Driver, I wanted to give the movie a ten out of ten rating
June 30, 2017 - 12:00
When the Transformers goddess Quintessa hatches a plan to rebuild Cybertron by using Earth, she unleashes forces that could destroy the humanity
August 9, 2016 - 08:45
A small time mechanic and a local stock car driver dreaming of making it big.
July 11, 2016 - 17:16
Drive is still a great film even though it is the spiritual child of The Driver
April 4, 2016 - 17:23
The Getaway, regardless of the performance of MacGraw, is Steve McQueen’s quintessential film
March 30, 2016 - 11:02
It has the craziest and dirtiest celebrated car chase in film history
March 28, 2016 - 21:45
Bullitt cemented McQueen's career as a leading male actor
March 24, 2016 - 15:40
Fast Company is a little known David Cronenberg film about professional drag racing
March 23, 2016 - 17:46
Two-Lane Blacktop is a classic road movie from 1971 that has achieved cult status with many fans because of its French New Wave and existentialist influences
March 22, 2016 - 08:23
The French Connection is now a classic film with a well-known car chase
November 16, 2015 - 12:15
Commentary on the James Bond movie (and others)
November 2, 2015 - 14:23
Polished, professional and promising, but still lacking something.
October 29, 2015 - 12:34
No tricks, just treats.
October 27, 2015 - 13:10
Bond is back with a bang as he tracks down a sinister organistion
October 22, 2015 - 00:08
HALLOWEEN AT THE BIN. I'm reviewing found footage on youtube. This is scary because 1) I don't have any money in this crappy economy, and 2) it's found footage on youtube.
October 19, 2015 - 23:15
HALLOWEEN AT THE BIN: There's a reason great killers stick to edged weapons.
October 14, 2015 - 01:01
Halloween continues at the Bin. Bigfoot throws a bike and sets up house with a college kid.
October 11, 2015 - 22:34
SHUT UP AND GIVE ME BACK MY MONEY
January 1, 2015 - 00:00
Elysium is set in 2154 where the infamous one percent of the population of Earth – the richest of the richest live in an orbital station free of all the troubles
December 31, 2014 - 22:02
Shrimp-like aliens land in Johannesburg, South Africa
October 16, 2014 - 10:58
A film of awesome beauty, Jimi will appeal to fans of music, art, and fashion. Be prepared to leave wanting so much more.
June 12, 2014 - 23:15
Sharp and scary, yet still less frightening than the cast of Finding Bigfoot.
July 14, 2013 - 10:07
An unknown infection is turning people into starving zombies and threatening to infect all countries in the world
June 29, 2013 - 09:06
At the time, it was a confusing movie with many open-ended questions masquerading as a science fiction flick
June 14, 2013 - 13:07
The movie has been out a few weeks now and reviews have not been kind to it
June 2, 2013 - 13:08
These movies continue to portray Africa as a place that marvels Western audiences in a generic pot-pourri
May 12, 2013 - 14:48
A great American classic novel from F. Scott Fitzgerald adapted yet again with great delivery by Leonardo DiCaprio
January 13, 2013 - 22:59
Love of another person is also love for God
November 27, 2012 - 18:26
One Gunshot, One Incredible Episode of #Misfits! Spoiler Alert!#MisfitsReview
November 11, 2012 - 20:41
Misfits knows all art is quite useless, so why not join them for some fun?
November 11, 2012 - 12:19
It’s still a good movie, even if there are a few plot holes
November 11, 2012 - 10:45
What Cloud Atlas does well, like I wrote above is build a convincing case for a multi-dimensional story with intricate cinematography and photography
November 11, 2012 - 10:18
The movie also marks a return for director and main actor Ben Affleck, but is the movie historically accurate?