T U E S D A Y - T O P - T E N
-ranking the ten MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE films from best to worst-
1. THOR : THE DARK WORLD [2013.alan TAYLOR]
absolutely hilarious, a fresh, light take on a movie that could have taken itself too seriously; HEMSWORTH, HIDDLESTON play that sibling rivalry with such ease that they are more than a pleasure to watch.
with actors more comfortable in their roles the chemistry between them does show more often and brighter; the silly details in this plot are lost between “comedic sketches” that underline sometimes its silliness.
2. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY [2014.james GUNN]
fresh, fun and featuring some great sights and sounds but the story is either too complicated or overtly simple, the twists and the turns the plot makes are either too easy or too hard to follow.
however the charismatic actors charm their way into our hearts and remind us of those 80s great adventure family movies that even if silly works wonders watch after watch.
3. CAPTAIN AMERICA : THE WINTER SOLDIER [2014.anthony & joe RUSSO]
pleasantly surprised and positively shocked the low expectations i had had little to do with the fact that this film’s script focus on politics’ conspiracies and corruption makes for a thrilling experience with many great action set pieces that are well balanced with the dialogue driven drama.
best use of the SHIELD “brand” so far, both SAMUEL L JACKSON & SCARLETT JOHANSSON finally shine brighter than ever while working well with and not stealing the spotlight too much from CHRIS EVANS’ CAPTAIN AMERICA.
4. IRON-MAN 3 [2013.shane BLACK]
without a doubt it is very entertaining but what else should we expect from an outstandingly made industrial product?
positively pleased by the twist involving the villain even if it is a somehow cheap trick but considering almost every other villain in this universe so far at least we had one that stole some of the spotlight.
5. IRON-MAN [2008.jon FAVREAU]
while this film focuses in redefining many cliches and most conventions in super hero origin stories it forgot to do so without using as many non-shocking plot turns and non-surprising twists.
even if it is, in my mind, very formulaic ROBERT DOWNEY JR’s magnetic performance as the titled character truly deserves the great praise it gets and the entire franchise still relies hard on his persona.
6. IRON-MAN 2 [2010.jon FAVREAU]
an enjoyable and entertaining film with somehow good action sequences and funny, witty dialogue; the movie wouldn’t work without a somehow good performance by ROBERT DOWNEY JR.
i still do not get why this film was so bad received, i get it is not as strong story wise as the first movie and i did get distracted by what i call the MARVEL product placement but the set pieces are good.
7. CAPTAIN AMERICA : THE FIRST AVENGER [2011.joe JOHNSTON]
with close-to-outstanding production design and almost-perfect production values this film might feature a much better performance by CHRIS EVANS [most helped by the CGI skinnier version of himself] but fails to succeed as anything further than a small piece of a larger puzzle; filled with cheesy line and full with cliched scenes it is the sometimes slow pace and the worst than weird somehow senseless structure that when added to the strange editing makes clear that the movie was too big to work with so many cooks.
it is an unnecessary complicated film that stumbles more and more as it goes along while adding more and more details to build its franchise’s universe.
8. the AVENGERS [2012.joss WHEDON]
such an old-fashioned film filled with cliche; it is a very long yet somehow uneventful picture that goes too far trying to please many and most so it ends up unfortunately underwhelming.
i could never got past the fact that we had to spent the first hour of this film “rewatching” what we have had to watch in five other films followed by a way too shocking death [that then the tv show undid].
9. the INCREDIBLE HULK [2008.louis LETERRIER]
at least it is fast paced and does not spend much time explaining what is up with HULK’s physiology but the level of entertainment it could have given falls very far.
at least it does not cross the crazy, caricature not-that-thin line that other many comic books based films do.
10. THOR [2011.kenneth BRANAGH]
much better after a second watch once you get past the shock of how irrelevant and unnecessary everything seems to be; however this film has aged horribly in just four years because of its cheap CGI visual effects.
it is weird that this film bottoms the list when its sequel tops it but the tone was never right for me, i feel that this film is a cartoon that takes itself way more seriously than they should.