March 12, 2009 2 Comments
Are they almost done turning all the comic books into movies yet? How many more can there possibly be?
Ok, I admit I liked Spiderman 2, Hellboy was pretty good, and the first X-Men was all right. And in fact Ghost World, which was terrific, was a graphic novel, so I guess that counts too.
But at this point we just seem to be scraping the bottom of the barrel, and I can’t wait till we get through this weird phase of movie history. What worries me is that it seems to be dragging on and on.
I believe there was a time in movie history when people thought it was weird that so many novels were turning into movies. Took it as a sign of laziness or inability to come up with original stories. Whatever the merits of that criticism, the comic-book-to-movie phenomenon seems to take things one step furtehr: perhaps not only are today’s moviemakers unable to come up with original stories, they’re unable to do their own damn storyboarding. A graphic novel, after all, is just a story contained in its own storyboard.
So I’m afraid we may be stuck with the phenomenon.