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Monday, April 11, 2011

Movie Review # 42 Comic Book Villains (2002)

Release: 2002
Donal Logue
Michael Rappart
DJ Qualls
Natasha Lyonne
Cary Elwes
Eileen Brennan
Danny Masterson

Rotten Tomatoes: 30% Audience
IMDb: 5.5/10
Netflix: 2.9 Stars

Comic Book Villains is a film of two halves. One part is amazing, engaging and enjoyable. The other a travesty of bad writing and cheap thrills. Which is terribly sad as this movie had all the right makings of being in my good graces. Which sadly I can only say half of the film is worth viewing and that is just the first fifty to 60 minutes of the movie.

So here is the story a middle age man dies of a heart attack leaving behind a mountain of books. Making for a scramble as one person heard of the collection and set up the two rival comic shops on who will win out and get the comic collection. This part was fine and dandy as they played off each other and set up for comical and enjoyable moments. But all of that changed when the story took a turn for the worse when another character who had not been part of the original cast. But just a side part became the main villain.

As he sets out to steal the comics and honestly it just did not work. I say that because the movie had a set up where Archie (DJ Qualls) was going to be given the comics. Instead we are left with a mess of murder, bad action and horribly written dialogue as everyone dies. Yea folks everyone dies except for one character who happens to be the narrator. All the while you are asking yourself why did they screw up something so fun?

I have no answer honestly. It is just sad as this movie had the Fanboys vibe all the way till the entire crime murder death spree. If they had just stuck to that this movie would be a instant classic amongst comic fans and collectors the world over. Instead what we have is a great cast in a half bad half good film. When I say good cast I mean a good cast with DJ Qualls (Road Trip, The New Guy),  Donal Logue (Grounded for Life),  Cary Elwes (Princess Bride, Saw), Natasha Lyonne (But I'm a Cheerleader), Eileen Brennan (The Sting, Clue) and Danny Masterson (That 70's Show).

With a cast like this of familiar faces it is easy to fall for this movie. Which I did at first but in hindsight I can only say watch the first half of the movie. Then turn it off because what it leaves you with a sour taste that you can not part with very easily. I just wish I could as I really wanted to love this movie and it took my heart out and stomped on it with a horrible ending.

My Rating 2.25/5 Stars

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