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Filmism.net Dispatch August 28, 2011

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So another movie blockbuster season is behind us, and what did we learn this year? Two things if you ask me. First, I think we've seen more than enough superhero movies, don't you? Even after watching the risible Daredevil and the woeful Elektra I was asking myself how many more there could be.

This year I got my answer: Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, Green Lantern, X-Men: First Class and Conan the Barbarian to name a few. And there's no sign of it stopping, with The Amazing Spider-Man, The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises next year, films that will be bigger than anything we saw this year. 2011 was just a dry run. Next year you're not going to be able to swing a cat at the box office without hitting someone in a cape.

So it might come as a surprise to hear I'm looking forward to the superhero films of 2012, and that's the second thing it's taught me. it's not news, but we love and remember films with good characters played by good actors. It's why I enjoyed Iron Man and it's why I enjoyed Green Lantern to the extent I did, and let me tell you I was all ready to hate that movie. When they gave Ryan Reynolds (a natural and likeable comic actor) the room to move instead of making him do the heavy-lidded hero thing, he shone.

By contrast, the pretty Chris Hemsworth in Thor and the eager Chris Evans in Captain America just faded into the CGI backgrounds. So did Jason Momoa in Conan the Barbarian , but director Marcus Nispel made up for the shortcomings by not scrimping on the blood and nudity. They had none of Downey Jr or Reynolds' charisma, and it's not only actors who can bring that magic to the screen. Directors have it too, which is why Joss Whedon and Christopher Nolan will almost certainly deliver two of cinema's most rewarding experiences next year.

So please, all the high-powered Hollywood executives, A list screenwriters and powerful agents reading this, remember one thing. Cast an actor to play a part, not a glossy-abbed hatstand to swing his arms in front of a green screen, and you'll show the world there's life in the comic book movie yet.

I also finally caught up with Jersey Girl recently, Kevin Smith's most maligned film, and got a surprise.

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