7 Comics-Based Films That are Worth Watching
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by Anna Shabashova
28.11.2020
As the saying goes, there is more to life than Marvel. And so the industry of comics-based films is not limited by studio giants like Marvel or DC. To be true, this genre includes many famous films and sometimes you cannot even tell that the movie you are watching is based on a comic book.

Nevertheless, this genre has its own distinctive features since it connects two different worlds: cinema with its visuals, sounds and movements, and graphic novels with their frameworks, thought bubbles and text effects for sounds. All these elements can often be found in comic-based films.

We've collected 7 excellent movies for those who love graphic novels, but just tired of the endless Avengers.

Scott Pilgrim has a normal life: he lives with his friend, plays in a band, and even has a cute girlfriend. Everything is just fine in his world. Until he meets Ramona Flowers, his one and only true love, who has pink (or is it blue? or green?) hair and roller skates through dimensions. Yes, dimensions, you've read it right. To win this girl Scott Pilgrim has to defeat her seven evil exes.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is a comedy with an incredible style (as expected of Edgar Wright), an excellent cast (including Michael Cera, Mary Winstead, Chris Evans, Brandon Routh and Brie Larson) and a whole cult of loyal fans even a decade after its release. It is totally worth watching, we guarantee it.

The Mask (1994)
This relaxing superhero comedy tells the story of an ordinary bank clerk (played by absolutely marvelous Jim Carrey) who finds a magical artifact, the green ancient mask. From that moment his life changes completely: whenever he puts on the mask he becomes a superhero in a fancy yellow suit. Although the troublemaking nature of the Mask is difficult to associate with typical superheroish staff.

The film was a major success upon its release, raising over $351 million on a $23 million budget, and was nominated for a Golden Globe and an Oscar.

Sin City (2005)
This neo-noir crime anthology film is based on the comic book of the same name by Frank Miller, who is also one of the film's directors. It consists of several intersecting novels, united by the setting of the dark Basin-city, filled with corruption and run by the mafia. The amazing cast includes Jessica Alba, Benicio del Toro, Brittany Murphy, Bruce Willis and Elijah Wood.

Bonus: one of the movie's scenes was directed by Quentin Tarantino!

Remember, remember the 5th of November! "V for Vendetta" is an adaptation of the dystopian political comic by Alan Moore and David Lloyd. Starring Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, Stephen Rea, Stephen Fry and John Hurt, the film tells a story of a mysterious freedom fighter in a mask who attempts to ignite a revolution through elaborate terrorist acts and overthrow the dictatorship.

The movie raises many political and moral questions. No wonder it has become incredibly popular among real-life anarchists and rebels. Guy Fawkes mask is already firmly associated with the struggle against the misleading corrupted government. By the way, the film was written by The Wachowskis, and it definitely says something.


Oldboy (2003)
This South Korean film is based on a Japanese manga of the same name. The film follows the story of Oh Dae-su, who has been imprisoned for 15 years without knowing the identity of his captor or his captor's motives. When he is finally released, Dae-su finds himself still trapped in a web of conspiracy and violence. His quest for vengeance becomes tied in with a romance when he falls in love with an attractive young sushi chef, Mi-do.

The film won the Grand Prix at the Cannes film festival and was praised by the overwhelming consensus of critics. Even Mr. Quentin Tarantino himself said that he adores this film. Mesmerizing action scenes and a great plot — what else do you need?


300 (2007)
Before creating the Watchmen and the Justice League, Zack Snyder had directed an epic film about the feat of 300 Spartans under the command of King Leonidas in the battle with the thousands-strong Persian army at Thermopylae. This epic film is based on the 1998 comic series of the same name by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley.

The plot revolves around King Leonidas (Gerard Butler), who leads 300 Spartans into battle against the Persian "God-King" Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) and his invading army of more than 300,000 soldiers. As the battle rages, Queen Gorgo (Lena Headey) attempts to rally support in Sparta for her husband. The story is framed by a voice-over narrative by the Spartan soldier Dilios (David Wenham). Through this narrative technique, various fantastical creatures are introduced, placing 300 within the genre of historical fantasy.


You've probably heard of the Netflix post-apocalyptic series "Snowpiercer" about a train carrying the last remnants of humanity after a global disaster. But did you know that it is based on a film by South Korean Director Pon Joon Ho (the one who directed the Oscar-winning "Parasites")? It is a science fiction action film based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand and Jean-Marc Rochette.

It takes place aboard the Snowpiercer train as it travels a globe-spanning track, carrying the last remnants of humanity after a failed attempt at climate engineering to stop global warming has created a new Snowball Earth. Evans stars as Curtis Everett, one of the lower-class tail-section passengers, as they rebel against the elite, residing at the front of the train. Filming took place at Barrandov Studios in Prague. In order to simulate the train's motion, train car sets mounted on gimbals were used.
The film has received critical acclaim for its vision, direction, and performances, especially for ones by Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton.


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