Vic and Scott rant about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and its weak performance. The best part of the movie: the popcorn was excellent. They go on to talk about Guardians of the Galaxy and how awesome it is! Honest critique is given about the lack of Villain development. Comment your favourite villains below.
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Ursula the Sea-Witch from Little Mermaid, The Weeping Angels from Doctor Who, and the Evil Queen/Mayor from Once Upon a Time. Ursula and the Queen are complicated in their approaches while the Weeping Angels just don’t stop coming! muhahahaahaa! Oh and of course Atlas/Fontaine from Bioshock!
Video games and Television shows give Writer’s a much longer story arch to work with. Not fair to compare them with movies.
I don’t think that’s being fair to the writers’ talent. A good villain is all about their reveal. Set them up by showing how dangerous they are, a bit of humanity/vulnerability, and then give them a solid intro scene and that usually is what makes a great villain. Atlas was all about his commanding statement. The Angels were all about their uncertainty of when they were going to move. Good movie villains setup quickly? How about the entrance to Ursula’s lair and her “unfortunate souls” song? Great entrance! In Alien, each new form had a strong, surprising reveal that pushed the story forward (hello, chest-burster!). The villain got three entrances, effectively. Movie, TV Show, or other work you should be able to have a good villain as long as they are present in a single scene.
There are many things that can make a villain great, be it a stellar introduction or a gut-wrenching back story, but comparing across mediums is like comparing an oil painting to watercolor. Each platform provides advantages and disadvantages the others do not. What’s not being fair to the writer’s talents is making a comparison between these.
Villain wise, Spartacus had Fantastic villains every season.
Hard to choose whether I wanted the good guys, or the bad guys to win. lol!
I feel like it’s not fair to compare television villains. Writer’s have so much more real estate to work with on a television series, it’s a complete failure if the villain is lacking.
I loved Lady Kaede from Ran (Akira Kurosawa).
Alan Rickman is great and memorable in Die Hard.
Recently I liked Michael Shannon as general zod. the man of steel movie in all sucked though
How did Man of Steel suck exactly?
Vic mentioned him but it was not discussed, Magneto is an excellent multi-layered, multi-faceted villain that is one of the very few out there that people really do care about. In fact many (including myself) root for. Now that sort of thing is common in bad movies, people prefer the bad guy because the hero is lame, but not so much in great movies.
Totally disagree about Bana and Cumberbatch. Kahn was a far more fleshed out and humanizing character. I really don’t understand their severe hatred with Into Darkness. I found it quite enjoyable, at least as a casual Trek fan.
Chiwetel Ejiofor in Serenity. Nuff said.
Scott’s comment, “i don’t want to go to the movies anymore.” was unintentionally hilarious!