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Filmic monosodium glutamate

I think I'll justflag this review of Justice League by Mark Kermode up today. I haven't seen the film, so I can't comment on it's veracity; but I must say it echoes my own recent musings about film. I finally got around to watching one of the Marvel films last week. I bunged Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer into my DVD drive, intending to watch all four and then pen a lengthy review. The film was such godawful crap however, that that idea went out the window. It was just one CGI sequence after another, with very little plot in between. What narrative there was reminded me of the crappy American soaps I used to watch in the summer holidays in my early teens like California Dreams: nauseatingly cliche and sickeningly melodramatic. By the end I could barely wait for the credits to roll.

The cinema seems to be becoming saturated with these comic book films. If Kermode's review is anything to go by, I think it's fair to assume that they are all as dire as the one I saw - all just as derivative, assuming a gravitas but actually being childish pap churned out by a studio for easy money. When I recall how magnificent film can be as an art form, these comic book offerings seem to insult it. My fear is that this is what the cinematic art is increasingly becoming: rather than being used to say something about the human condition, like Star Wars films, comic book films ply the viewer with the visual equivalent of monosodium glutamate, hurling computer generated images at us justified with the minimum of plots and poorest of acting.

Comments

Woah. Was that a positive about Star Wars. Surely I misread it.

I've not seen Justice League, but imagine that it's pap like the other recent DC films (apart from Wonder Woman).

Whilst I'm not going wax lyrical about the Marvel films, please don't let FF Rise of the Silver Surfer be your litmus paper. Its crap and everyone says its crap. It would be like judging Star Trek by watching an episode of Enterprise (for the record I don't know if Enterprise is good or bad, but hoping you catch my drift).

Watch Iron Man. If you don't like that, then it's not your cup of tea. If you do then crack on.

P.s Star Wars 4 Life

Fair point, mate: it's silly to judge an entire franchise on just one film. I'll give the box set another chance.

I think you misread my entry though (my fault). I was inferring that these films, like Star Wars, were the filmic equivalent of MSG, not that star wars said something about the human condition. Poor sentence structure on my part - apologies. Mind you, compared to Silver Surfer, the Star Wars films are a masterpiece.

How can you can slate anything when you watch that Star Trek tripe is beyond me.... :-p

Not forgetting Bond as well. That franchise has had its fair share of crap also.

Star Trek is not tripe Chris, but I grant you some bond films, especially Moore's, were a bit rubbish.

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