Sept. 10--I approached this summer with all the anticipation and glee you'd expect of a partial comics fanboy.
I'm only a partial fanboy because I like comic book movies, but no longer collect the books themselves. Too much hassle.
Regardless, the summer of 2013 was to be a geek's paradise: "Iron Man 3"! "Man of Steel"! "Star Trek Into Darkness"! "The Wolverine"!
Sadly, most of these films turned out to be even more of a disappointment than the third "Dark Knight" movie from a year ago. (Explain to me again how a Middle Eastern prison can apparently be a short commute from Gotham City.) I only got to two of the movies on that list, and both were dreadful disappointments.
"Iron Man 3" looked cool while watching it in Imax. It was only afterward, in the light of day, that all the plot holes shone through. To be fair, Ben Kingsley was brilliant in one scene in particular. But not even he was worth the price of admission.
Then came the new "Star Trek" movie, promising more darkness and fewer lens flares. Again: Sitting in the theater, I enjoyed it. Not until I started thinking about it did I realize that the climax of the movie was not, in fact, a brilliant homage; it was just lazy writing.
"Man of Steel" seemed promising. Then the movie was released. It got such bad press from reviewers and my friends that I avoided it like Kryptonite, wishing instead that Netflix would stream the first two "Superman" movies.
As for "Wolverine": Hugh Jackman has made three terrible mutant movies. I won't give him the benefit of the doubt for a fourth.
All I can do now is wait for the next "Hobbit" movie. Director Peter Jackson hasn't let me down.
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