‘Tis the time of year for giving thanks (or at least it was last week) so when Movies.com asked me which element of the 2012 movie-verse I’m most thankful for, I was happy to offer up some thoughts.
Here’s what I wrote:
I’m extremely thankful for the wide range of superhero movies we received this year. Rather than serving up a bunch of variations on a common tone, Hollywood gave us a dose of grim and gritty in The Dark Knight Rises, an amazingly bright, heroic, and fun team-up story with The Avengers, and a fantastic, over-achieving film like Chronicle that took superhero movies off the beaten path and into fresh, new territory. That each of these films were so successful despite being so different in tone and filmmaking style makes it feel like anything is possible when it comes to the genre, and that there’s even more potential for superhero movies to surprise us and tell original stories that reach far beyond our expectations.
You can read the rest of Movies.com writers’ thoughts on the last year in cinema over at (where else?) Movies.com.