“Having your book turned into a movie is like seeing your oxen turned into bouillon cubes.” – John Le Carré
A lot of writers sell the rights to their books to producers who seem to have nothing but the best intentions for their works. Unfortunately, most often than not, the end result is nothing but disappointing.
Indeed, on rare occasions, the opposite is true: the adaptation improves greatly the source material. Here are 10 movies that are better than the book they were based upon.
Joaquin Phoenix will probably go on to win an Academy Award for his performance in Joker, yet Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight will remain the best superhero movie ever made.
In the 11 years that have passed since its release, The Dark Knight has reached an iconic status unlike any superhero film before or since. Not only because prior to its release, comic book adaptations were not doing well financially and critically, but also because one man’s performance managed to outshine all the other brilliant elements of the movie itself, which is rare feat.
The Dark Knight was and still is unlike any other comic book adaptation. The movie redefined the entire genre, proving that comic book films can be art, and was, at least in part, responsible for the age of superhero movies we live in today.
“The child who is not embraced by the village will burn it down to feel its warmth.” – African proverb
Just trying to gather my thoughts and emotions about this movie makes me feel like crying.
Those who are high in social intelligence/empathy will find it hard to watch this movie. It is, contrary to what some might expect, not the origins story of a maniac supervillain who only wants to watch the world burn. Joker tells the story of a man who has to go through one of the worst fates, that of an outcast rejected by society, abandoned by those whose companionship he seeks.
You’ve got to admit it: sometimes you do want your brain messed with and watch some bizarre and inexplicable movie. Lucky you, there are countless such movies: surreal to the point of insanity. From iconic directors like David Lynch and Harmony Korine to underground indie filmmakers, it seems as if, at one point or another, almost everyone has put the work into creating something frightening and strange.
Some of these are pretty thought provoking in their weirdness, and others are straight up gory and gross, thus eating popcorn becomes optional.
Brace yourselves for the ten weirdest movies of all time.
This is arguably the best time to put together such a list: the technology is there, allowing for special effects to help us suspend disbelief, the actors who have been cast to play the parts are as brilliant as they come, and studios are investing more and more money into big budget adaptations of comic books.
I have no doubt that we’ll see more and more superhero movies, some of them quite brilliant and easy to recommend.
That being said, here are the ten best superhero movies of all time.