Before I rate anything, let me define my standards. I don’t automatically like movies based on comic books, but I don’t hold the origin as a strike against them either. Good art / entertainment can come from anywhere. Movies, books, comics, animation – all have their strengths and weaknesses, but that’s what they are, not how they are about it. A good graphic novel can be emotionally moving and thought provoking, a bad summer blockbuster can be a tedious waste of ninety minutes, and many literary blowhards have shown over the generations that just because the format allows you to print a lot of words, you shouldn’t necessarily do so. Just as a fresh Twinkie is better than a rotten lobster tail, I’ll take a good work of art over a bad one regardless of how it is presented.
Second, I try not to compare the movie to its origin. There’s no law, nor should there be, that states every work springboarded from another should be a 100% replication. That would be pointless if the original work still exists. The only comparisons I make are when the filmmakers deviate from the original work to the detriment of the movie.
Third, I don’t claim to be at all consistent. These are my opinions – I make ‘em up as I go along.
And since I already wasted so much time writing about what I plan to do instead of doing it, I’ll stop here for today. We’ll start tomorrow with what I consider to be the worst modern (say, 70’s and later) superhero film ever created. Anyone who correctly guesses which one it is wins a prize. If a hot available Asian woman makes a wrong guess like 蛍の墓, I’m changing my opinion to whatever she says.