The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Proto-Avengers

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003) is a movie that has been widely panned by many.  It has poor CGI, a contrived plot, stiff acting, and a number of details that just don’t make much sense.  Fans of the comic that it was based on found it to be a poor adaptation.  It was even infamous for ending the acting career of the legendary Sean Connery because he was so disappointed in the movie that it cemented his decision to retire.  All of these critiques are valid as the movie is objectively not very good.  And yet, I love it.

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Black Widow: Right Movie at the Wrong Time

When Black Widow (2021) came out only a few months ago, it was met by mixed reviews.  As someone who has watched every other MCU movie, I felt obligated to watch it at some point but the negative reviews didn’t enthuse me.  So, I didn’t go out of my way to see it but added it to my “to watch” list.  I just got around to watching it and now I regret waiting so long.  It is a good movie and I suspect the negativity of it isn’t the fault of the movie but an aspect of a broader studio issue.

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Shang-Chi: A Showcase of the Difference Between the Action and Martial Arts Genres

From a cinephile standpoint, it is pretty easy to regard the past decade’s deluge of Superhero movies as simply the latest trend in the Action Genre.  People who are not fond of this genre of movies will often complain of how sick they are of all of the superheroes.  However, those that are fond of the Action Genre have been able to recognize how the various Superhero movies have been hitting the various subgenres to Action.

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