Our Favorite Comic Book Movies - Part 1

This month, the conversation turns to the CGC team's favorite comic-influenced movies.

Cool World

I would have to say that my favorite comic book movie is Cool World (1992). Though not taken directly from a comic book, this movie features a comic artist who is so enamored with his creation that he is pulled into the comic and cartoon dimension. Directed by Ralph Bakshi, who also directed Fritz the Cat (1972), this movie resembles an adult version of Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988) because it revolves around the fact that the main characters are driven by sexual desire. While this is in no way a highly intellectual movie, it is fun and the cartoon dimension has some interesting artistic features and architecture in the background. Showcasing a younger Brad Pitt and a cartoon version of Kim Basinger, I find this movie to be one of those that I will watch time and again. Also, the soundtrack is solidly consistent with upbeat electronic music of the time including Moby and My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult, so it is also one of my favorites.

Gemma Adel, CGC Grader

V For Vendetta

I went into the theater to see this movie knowing pretty much nothing about it (having not read the comic) and not expecting much more than to kill a couple hours of time. However, I ended up being thoroughly amazed at the story that unfolded before me. The story of a totalitarian government and how one of its many victims becomes an anarchist, V For Vendetta seamlessly blends all the characters and plot points together for an explosive conclusion.

Bradley Bradley, CGC Grader, Marvel Specialist

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

My favorite comic book movie is Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. This movie was not well received at the box office, and that is somewhat understandable. The movie manages to capture the spirit of the comic; however, the scope of the comic is somewhat limited to creator Bryan Lee O'Malley’s personal vision. The story takes place in a universe that is basically an 8-bit Nintendo-era video game. There are wrap zones, power-ups, and people turn into coins when they are punched to death. The comic and movie are also filled with the creator's personal taste such as '90s alternative band Plumtree and anime-style visual gags. If someone is not on board with this cultural mash-up, then the film may come off as confusing. However, I personally am totally into all this movie has to offer. I found it to be one of the most fun movies I have ever seen. The jokes keep up with the action, which is pretty much nonstop, all while managing to make a powerful point about personal growth. I also think it is one of the best adaptations of a comic book I have seen and one of my favorite movies of all time.

Matt Dakan, CGC Grader, Modern Age Specialist

Watch for Part 2 in this series in February issue.

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