Why I’ll Keep Watching Marvel Movies

A lot of people say the Marvel movie franchise is repetitive and familiar. They’re not wrong. But I’m still going to keep watching Marvel films.

Even though the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has been pretty impressive in its scope and scale, many people would argue they’re not very good films. The storytelling isn’t original. The villains are predictable. The action (while impressive in its visual scale) follows the same model.

All of these things are true.

I suppose as a writer, I should be more critical of the MCU. Generally speaking, I analyze films the way I analyze literature. I dissect characters. I look for symbols. I seek out plots that are original and have twists you don’t see coming.

However, I generally suspend my critical mind when I walk into a Marvel film. Part of it is because I’m such a huge geek. Part of it is because I love comic books.

And I don’t think there’s a problem with that. I think there’s a place for stories that are written and played out just for the sake of entertainment.

I know there are those out there who think I’m committing some kind of cinematic crime.

But I don’t really care.

I’ll keep watching Marvel films. I’ll keep cheering at the screen when there are cool fight moves and hero shots.

And I’ll certainly keep sitting through all the credits to watch the last few seconds of screen time.


An Open Letter to Hollywood Movie Makers: Please Write a Dramatic Role for Liam Neeson

Dear Hollywood Movie Makers,

As movie goers, we love Liam Neeson. We were all pleasantly surprised when he became an action star at the age of 54 in Batman Begins and more significantly two years later in Taken.

However, since then, it seems like all Mr. Neeson does is action films. Taken 2, The Grey, Non-Stop, and A Walk Among the Tombstones are just a few of movies where we’ve seen him through hard punches, walk away from epic explosions, and participate in big car chase scenes.

I am not saying I don’t like Mr. Neeson as an action star. In fact, one of my favorite roles of his is Qui-Gon Jinn in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. I think he’s done very well and has had some very lovely dramatic moments in several of these action driven films. But Mr. Neeson first gained recognition in the film world for his role in Schindler’s List for which he received an Oscar nomination. Mr. Neeson has also starred in several Broadway plays.

Given the number of high action films being produced today, it would seem creating more compelling dramatic films would benefit not only Hollywood as a whole but also Mr. Neeson himself. I cannot speak for Mr. Neeson personally, but I can say as a fan of his work, I miss seeing him in dramatic roles.

So please consider this one small request from one fan who loves Mr. Neeson for his fantastic role in Schindler’s List and the wise voice of Aslan in The Chronicles of Narnia movies.