Thursday, November 12, 2015

Ranking the Man-Thing Movie

Okay, I graded the Man-Thing regarding it as a horror movie here, now let's regard it as a comic movie.

By the way, I have previously ranked the Batman movies, the Superman movies, the other DC movies, the Avengers movies, the X-Men movies, the summer 2015 comic movies, the Spider-Man movies, and the non-Marvel and non-DC comic movies.  So let's add the Man-Thing.

As ever, my ranking system is
Green=excellent  Blue=pretty good  Black=Okay  Red=avoid

Unfortunately, the Man-Thing rates even worse as a comic movie than it did as a horror movie. In the comics, he functions mainly as a way to get the story going and to come in and settle accounts at the end. Still, he is somewhat heroic, hating to see fear and mistreatment among humans despite his brainless state. The movie didn't capture any of that heroism at all. Nor, as I mentioned in the horror review, does the movie capture the sheer weirdness of the comic. As guardian of a dimensional nexus in the middle of the swamp, the Man-Thing is always encountering demons of despair, confused Vikings, evil cults, and talking ducks that wander through the portal or are otherwise attached to it. The movie did not make use of that crucial element of the comic at all.

Still, the movie wasn't absolutely terrible. It was lurid enough to be mildly entertaining, and kept the action moving, without the slow parts that so often plague B-movies. Really, it was just good enough to escape the dreaded red "avoid" color.


Here's the master list of all comics movies I've rated so far, in order from best to worst:

American Splendor
Iron Man
Heavy Metal (1981)
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Superman (1978)
Captain America
Batman Begins (2005)
Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier
Spider-Man (2002)
X-Men 2: X-Men United
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Superman II
Batman (1989)
The Dark Knight (2008)
Iron Man 3
The Wolverine
Sin City (2005)
X-Men: First Class
Avengers 2: Age of Ultron
Swamp Thing (1982)
Spider-Man 3
Iron Man 2
Watchmen (2009)
Batman Forever (1995)
Superman Returns (2006)
Thor 2: The Dark World
Incredible Hulk (2008)
Mystery Men
Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Man-Thing (2005)
Superman III
Supergirl (1984)
X-Men 3: Last Stand
Hulk (2003)
Fritz the Cat (1972)
Batman and Robin (1997)
Batman Returns (1992)
Superman IV

Amazing Spider-Man (2012) (Haven't seen)
Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) (Haven't seen)
Batman (1966) (Haven't seen)
Catwoman (Haven't seen)
Constantine (Haven't seen)
Green Lantern (Haven't seen)
Hellboy (Haven't seen)
Judge Dredd (Haven't seen)
Man of Steel (Haven't seen)
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) (Haven't seen)
V for Vendetta (Haven't seen)
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Haven't seen)

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