I love a good superhero movie. It may even be my favorite genre. This was not a good superhero movie.
This movie lacked everything that made the first two worthwhile. It wasn’t as dark or serious as the others. It was so light-hearted that it seemed to be almost mocking the other films.
I know that the director changed and that makes a big difference. This franchise started with a director with no real comic adaptation movie experience and he did wonderfully. However, he did direct Apt Pupil and The Usual Suspects. The new guy also has no relevant experience, but he did direct Rush Hour. Comparing the credentials of the two I’m sorry that I expected any better from the new guy.
I don’t think that he approached this movie with a proper respect for the previous two. It reminds me of the way Batman Forever and Batman & Robin seemingly killed that series.
I do hope that they have the desire to keep going. One big draw for the comic and, seemingly the movies is that there is a plethora of characters that you can introduce and explore. Unlike Spiderman, Batman or Superman, there does not have to be one singular hero to pull them all together. I don’t know that I want to see these movies still in theatres with my grandchildren, but I’m also not ready to see them dropped completely just because of one bad script. The opening weekend box office numbers look big enough to entice Fox to shop around for a new script to work with.
I don’t want to spoil anything for those of you who may not have seen it yet, but everybody dies. The few that don’t are, largely, not the ones that I would like to have carry these stories farther.