I’m happy so many people were able to enjoy the remake but I genuinely don’t understand it myself.
Clearly, yes, the adults are the real villains but it’s painted with all the subtlety of a circus clown (bit of irony intended here)
I'm not gonna disagree with really anything you said in there :)
And, to be honest myself, Captain America (the first film at least) is one of my least favorite comic book films, and definitely in my bottom 5 Marvel Studios films - for the reasons you listed and others
Like I said on Ben's post below - I get the spirit of what your'e saying and agree with it.
However, it's that last sentence that I think is causing some of the issue - there's a tendancy toward bias against superhero movies because there is a view that there is some sort of "formula," but in reality that formula is the same "formula" all genres and all stories use.
Really what we're tired of is "impersonal" stories, which is why we cling to "Logan" or "The Dark Knight," but in so doing I think we're honing in to close on the strengths of those films as if they overshadow the strengths of something like Guardians of the Galaxy or Spiderman Homecoming, which would be like saying "2001: A Space Odyssey" is an exception to "Star Wars," or "Dead Poets Society" is an exception to "Breakfast Club." Of course they are but that doesn't discount the strengths of Star Wars or Breakfast Club - they're just different versions of the same story.
I do hear what your'e saying Ben - and I agree. The Superhero vs. Monstrosity is a very worn trope, however, while there are core aspects to that in nearly all comic book movies, there is also that in nearly all sci-fi, horror, thriller, and action movie (to a degree).
The problem is, you'll almost never get a good story without a core of "good vs evil." As filmmakers it's our nature to want to turn something on its head, but it's even more at everyone's core to want to see good overcome evil one way or the other. Doesn't matter if that "evil" is as simple as our own limitations or as big as a cosmic squid threatening to destroy earth. Comic book movies succeed because, instead of rejecting this notion, they embrace it and instead of trying to reinvent the wheel, they try and turn the wheel in somewhat unique directions, hence, "Logan." Logan still faces evil (almost in an "on the nose" sort of way with the clone bit) with his own good (acceptance of death/still seeing a purpose in himself even so).
So, what I'm saying is, while I agree a bit of "originality" is nice, I'd argue it's already there in a lot of these films but because people are so hung up on the "superhero" tag, they lose the forest for the trees
I had a big ol' post written here but I can narrow it down to some bullet points
1. What evidence is there that superhero movies are worse today than yesterday?
2. What evidence is there that superhero movies are performing worse at the Box Office, even with market saturation?
3. The claim that they will die is like saying the "action" genre will die, or the "drama" genre will die. No it won't. Superhero Movies are not Westerns - they aren't niche. They are broad in terms of what they can encompass dramatically. The dramatic elements and tropes of Tombstone, Unforgiven, and The Good the Bad and the Ugly are fairly similar. The dramatic elements and tropes of The Dark Knight, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Logan are very diverse.
Of course there is room for improvement but to write off this entire genre simply because movie aficionados are tired of them is really what's causing more of them to be cranked out.
How does a post like this not have ALL the comments. So good. So encouraging. So Practical.
Congrats and thanks for the encouragement!