Comic Flix Suck

Finally, someone finds the courage to say out loud that comic book movies are stupid, stale, and boring.  I have not seen Watchman, and I have no intention of seeing Watchman.  But thanks to A. O. Scott's review this Sunday, I know I am not alone in my aversion.

I understand that this trend is based on a purely commercial calculation: movie theaters make money not from tickets but from popcorn and candy, so there is a lot of pressure to make films for the popcorn-and-candy crowd.  The problem is, these films go out to the rest of the world, and give the impression that Americans all have the mindset of an adolescent boy with limited education and imagination, trying to make sense of the world as it was 25 years ago.

300-Xerxes.jpg  Zack Snyder's last film, the execrable 300, which represented the ancient Persians as a mob of subhuman degenerates, did what no one in the Bush administration was ever able to do: it united the Iranian people with their government in denouncing American culture.

March 9, 2009 9:05 AM |



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