(USA) Directed by Jon Favreau. Starring Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Paul Dano, Sam Rockwell. Category IIA.
Category IIA. Pleasing comic-book geeks with a big-screen adaptation is a formidable task, a struggle to balance a true-to-its-roots translation with all the trappings of a blockbuster. Take “Batman Begins,” for example: a realistic and gritty origin story, but a ridiculous runaway-train conclusion. Or “X-Men”: the tales may be epic, but they are chockful of cut corners and glaring errors, obviously because they were rushed to meet the release date.