Guest blogger Trevor has gone to a darker and grittier area of our collection. Some excellent recommendations here, but as he warns there is a fair share of language, sex and violence.
Now that the deluge of summer family blockbusters has finally subsided I find myself hankering for some comic book films that don’t have to cater to the younger demographics. Here are comic book films that should appeal to a more sophisticated crowd.
Watchmen – Are masked-heroes really saviours of society or are they merely fascist vigilantes, corrupting the American ideal as they practice their twisted form of justice? This theme, and others just as thought-provoking, helped solidify Watchmen as one of Time Top 100 Novels of All Time. The film does an excellent job of translating the deep and complex tale.
A History of Violence – An unflinchingly brutal film about one man’s journey to overcome his violent past, A History of Violence is not your typical comic-book fare. David Cronenberg direction is as stark and visceral as ever and Viggo Mortensen delivers a strong performance.
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World - The tale of a young man’s quest to get a girl (complicated by the need to first defeat her 7 evil ex-boyfriends). This one isn’t particularly violent or kid-unfriendly, it’s just aimed at an older crowd. The videogame references are a perfect wink and high-five for the 20-30 year old crowd who grew up glued to their Nintendos.
Kick-Ass – The “teenage boy decides to become a superhero” story certainly sounds like it would fit into a family friendly mould. The extreme violence and ubiquitous (and hilarious) profanity, take it to a whole other level though. Nicholas Cage gives his bar-none best performance as an Adam West-esque Batman lookalike.
Sin City-is a pitch perfect blending of classic film noire and modern action ideals. It masterfully weaves three tales of vice, violence, and revenge and does so in beautiful black and white. The all star cast of Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, and Clive Owen (among many others) adds substance to this stylistic flick.