Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Still The Best Superhero Movie, In My Estimation


Not for the whole movie itself, mind you. The innards of M. Night Shyamalan movies sort of put me to sleep. Just the sheer balls it took to make that last scene. It was just so fanboy, so self-referential. Only Samuel L. Jackson's acting ability could have made it even remotely plausible:

**Please do not click on the YouTube monitor if you don't want spoilers**

...and it looks like there might be a sequel.


  1. Eh, I'm not so excited about a sequel since it works so well as a stand-alone movie, but I could live with it.

  2. That was a good ending but the text stuff kind of ruined it for me. Instead, Bruce Willis should have gone to the phone and called the police while Mr. Glass finished his speech. That "what happened next" stuff is strictly for biographical films and ANIMAL HOUSE.

  3. Oh yeah. Unbreakable gets overlooked a lot when people talk about the best superhero movies. That and The Incredibles are my two favorites. They're the only two I hope to re-watch before I die.

  4. Anonymous6:10 PM

    I love the "criminally insane" part. It's just so Silver Age Batman.

  5. I still don't think it's any good, but I do appreciate Unbreakable a little more now. As a friend put it at the time, "He should've got the power to make. Something. Happen."

    I think the first time I saw it, I drank every time something didn't happen, and it's just chance that I saw them together, but Unbreakable and Snatch are my personal worst double-feature ever; beating out long-time champions Con Air and Eraser.

  6. Anonymous6:26 PM

    You know, that is the one thing in the movie I could do without. I liked the dialogue. But going to freeze frames and having text explain what David did and where Elijah now felt so unnecessary. The original script has David horrified, running into the street and trying to blend in with the crowd. At the very least, the informative text could have been shown after the scene had ended -- or a news report of Elijah being arrested could've been shown briefly during the end credits.

    The textual information always felt a bit artless to me.

  7. I totally agree.

    Unbreakable is also my favourite Superhero Movie. And not just for the ending. This is the one Shyamalan flick that shows he is more than just a twist ending.

  8. Wha!

    You think Unbreakable is the best Superhero movie, ever. I've been saying that to friends family and strangers who pass me by in the street for years.

    Now you say it is too. Vindication.

    Now all we have to do is find a way to make Hudson Hawk a cult movie and I'll be satisfied.

  9. Yeah. If not the best, then one of the best. (I put Hellboy -- the first one -- in the running also.)

    M. Night's bag of tricks worked well for this one and Sixth Sense, but yeah, they wore thin after that.

  10. Hudson Hawk's already a cult movie. I know I love it. ^_~

    *Whistles "Side by Side" as he walks off.*

  11. I love this movie!

    Only of Night's I own.
    I must live a different, more exciting life than those who say it does nothing. I get nervous every time I see Mr. Glass, and get filled with pride every time I see David.

  12. Anonymous8:29 AM

    Hey, I've been a fan of your blog for quite sometime, but now I officially worship you.

    If the filmed sequel fall through, they should make it into a comic.

  13. The sequel is just Night talkin' shit.

    I'd love to see it, but Disney is pissed at him right now, it wasn't such a big hit, he's cold and the budget would be huge.

    Nice to dream, though.

  14. I love Unbreakable.
    I always wondered what David's superhero name would be. A sequel would rule.

  15. I thought it was Sentryman...?

  16. OMG you are so right about "unbreakable"...not a comic book movie for the masses but a love note to geeks and fanboys everywhere. I still get goosebumps when Bruce pushes the paper towards his son at the breakfast table and motions to him that he was "right" all along about his father just not to tell his mother. That is the EXACT thing we all hoped for as little fanboys. That our Dad was really a superhero in disguise. Luckily mine was.