Kick-Ass (2010) – Amazon Prime
Dave Lizewski is a teenager filled with comics who only lives for this world of superheroes and incredible adventures. Determined to live out his obsession, he chooses a name: Kick-Ass. He makes a costume for himself and embarks on a frantic fight against crime. In his delirium, he has only one problem: Kick-Ass doesn’t have the slightest superpower… There he is, pursued by all the town’s thugs. But Kick-Ass soon joins forces with other delusional men also determined to uphold justice. Among them an 11-year-old child, Hit Girl and her father Big Daddy, but also Red Mist. Local mob boss Frank D’Amico will give them the opportunity to show what they’re capable of…
A true UFO in the sea of superhero films, Kick-Ass stands out for its humor and its total incongruity with the classics of the genre. A funny, original, inventive film or of course the violence present must be taken to the second degree… In an ultra-codified universe, the actors are very convincing in their own way and give the film a very special tone worthy of cartoons! A breath of fresh air full of energy, from 12 years!
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) – Disney+
Peter Quill is an adventurer hunted by all the bounty hunters for stealing a mysterious globe coveted by the powerful Ronan, whose actions threaten the entire universe. When he discovers the true power of this globe and the threat to the galaxy, he forms a fragile alliance with four different aliens: Rocket, a sharp-shooting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the enigmatic and deadly Gamora, and Drax the destroyer, who only dreams of revenge. Rallying them to his cause, he convinces them to fight one last battle, no matter how desperate, to save what can still be saved…
James Gunn had said it: “Guardians of the Galaxy is the dirty and blocked version of the Avengers”. He was right. A director who was previously unknown to the general public, to whom we owe the brilliant Super and Horribilis, he takes from here in the company of the Marvel studio. The filmmaker imposes his stamp and style throughout the film by adding his humor and cynicism, making his latest feature film the most entertaining and fun Marvel to date. But the film owes a lot to its colorful characters, all lawless outlaws both stupid and crazy. In short, they have anything but heroes. However, they become touching and incredibly endearing as the film progresses. A must-see from the age of 12!
Unbreakable (2000) – Disney+
Elijah Price has suffered from a form of osteogenesis since birth. If he gets the slightest jolt, his bones snap like twigs. Since childhood, he has never stopped admiring superheroes, characters who are the opposite of himself. Owner of a comic book store, in his spare time he peels old newspaper articles in search of the greatest disasters to hit the United States. He then goes in search of possible survivors, but rarely succeeds. At the same time, a terrible train accident killed 131 people. Only one of the passengers escapes unharmed…
Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson are both excellent in their respective roles, Bruce Willis proves once again that he is not just an action movie actor and that he knows how to act much more. M. Night Shyamalan directs a captivating new film with inventive direction as he knows how. He demonstrates to everyone that “Sixth Sense” was not a fluke and that he really has a great talent. He again invited James Newton Howard to compose the music for the film. This gives tension to the film, a tension that does not let go of the viewer until the end. This tension accompanies a very well-crafted scenario with well-developed characters, plagued by doubt and hope. “Unbreakable” is a new nugget from an all-too-often underrated M. Night Shyamalan. To watch from 14 years.
The Dark Knight – The Dark Knight (2008) – Amazon Prime
In this new episode, Batman ups the ante in his war on crime. Backed up by Police Lieutenant Jim Gordon and Gotham District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to eradicate the organized crime swarming the city. Their union is very effective, but it will soon be turned upside down by the chaos unleashed by an extraordinary criminal known to the citizens of Gotham as the Joker.
No need to present this film so much that it is a classic of the genre, we had to put it on the list. All superlatives would fail to describe the monumental slap in the face that The Dark Knight inflicted on us. Christopher Nolan not only turned our expectations into pure pleasure, he managed to multiply this pleasure tenfold by signing a wonderful film. But The Dark Knight is not just a simple film, it is a pure masterpiece, the kind of work that a director signs only once, as the culmination of his thought and his artistic flair. He signs here much more than a superhero film, with an extremely dark production, far from the fantastic and closer to the science fiction film. The Dark Knight is an ultra-realistic film, in a contemporary setting, with very human characters. Chicago thus replaces Gotham from Batman Begins. Each character is developed in depth, Harvey Dent first, all torn between good and evil, and their development is unusually consistent. In the midst of this chaos is the instigator, the Joker, brilliantly played by Heath Ledger, the only character deeply inhabited by evil, whose character is well defined, even as he reveals himself in abundance as the film progresses. The screenwriting exhibited by Nolan is gigantic in depth. From 13 years.
Watchmen – Watchmen (2009) – Amazon Prime
A complex and mysterious multi-level adventure, “Watchmen – The Guardians” – takes place in an alternative America of 1985, where superheroes are part of everyday life, and where the Apocalypse Clock, symbol of the tension between the United States and the Soviet Union, permanently indicates five minutes until midnight. When one of his former colleagues is murdered, Rorschach, a somewhat flat-faced but no less determined masked vigilante, will uncover a plot that threatens to kill and discredit all superheroes past and present. When he reconnects with his former vigilante legion, a ragtag group of retired superheroes, only one of them has any real powers. Rorschach sees a disturbing and far-reaching plot tied to their shared past that will have disastrous consequences for the future. Their mission is to protect humanity… But who watches over these guardians?
From the director of the cult digital peplum 300, Watchmen – Les Gardiens appears to us as an atypical work in the superhero film genre. Located light years away from what Marvel productions offer us, Zack Snyder’s film can boast of being the greatest superhero film in the cinema because it is incredibly complex, stylish, brilliant and also the best film of its director to date. The superhero movie to serve as a model, dark, intelligent, adult, visually superb and above all respectful of the original comic book. Not to be placed in everyone’s hands, however from 14-15 years.