May 2, 2017

5 Movie Villains You Agreed With

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Written by: Lee Skavydis
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Many motion pictures contain the theme of the battle between darkness and light. That darkness can come in many different forms depending on the narrative. But the most common shape is in the embodiment of the villain. The bad guy. From Darth Vadar to Ronno in Bambi, many antagonists are invented and affectionately disapproved of.

But what happens when the agenda of an incarnation of fictional evil actually contains a degree of valid truth?

This editorial is going to explore 5 movie villains where you did kind of see their point!

Hannibal Lecter from Silence of the Lambs

FBI trainee Clarice Starling was warned of Hannibal Lecter’s tremendous talent for getting inside the minds of those that he came into contact with. Still, that did not deter her. In fact, maybe it actually helped her somewhat!

As events unravel, we come to realise that Hannibal developed a degree of affection for the young female. At first his proposed deal that she tells him some personal things about herself in exchange for information about Buffalo Bill, the killer she was pursuing, seemed manipulative. And in a way it was. But by the end of the movie, Clarice managed to confront some personal demons that she had been determined to resist. All in all, she came out of the experience an unshackled soul and fully liberated.

Well done, Hannibal.

Silva from Skyfall

How would you feel working for a boss that would readily sacrifice your life and leave you to be tortured for all eternity? One can pretty much sympathise with one of James Bond’s greatest modern bad guys, Mr. Silva from the 007 movie, Skyfall.

The fact that Silva had the opportunity to confront his main target twice and had trouble emotionally finishing the job showed a level of depth that many bad guys in Bond films do not normally contain. Even Bond, himself, had a grudge against M, who pretty much gained a reputation for pissing off most that were working for her!

Clubber Lang from Rocky III

Mr. T has the honour of playing one of the Rocky franchise’s most malicious boxers in Clubber Lang.

The mouthy brawler was a definite step up from Apollo Creed in terms of ruthlessness, but before he beat Rocky in their first fight during the second act of the movie there is a scene in which Rocky announces his retirement to the people of Philadelphia. Lang gatecrashes his lovely worded speech to tell the Italian Stallion that he is the number 1 ranked contender while Rocky has been avoiding him and fighting challengers not worthy of the title.

Clubber may be a character that everybody loves to hate but he did have a point.

Matt Cordell from Maniac Cop

Those that love their low budget slasher movies will be familiar with this B-movie starring Bruce Campbell.

A former office named Matt Cordell was framed by the mayor for murder and subsequently viciously attacked in prison by some of the inmates he previously put away while on the beat, all because the mayor didn’t like his style of doing it his own way. Thought to be dead but still alive, Cordell came back to get revenge on those that wronged him while also taking his newfound urge for blood on the unsuspecting public.

That last part we obviously cannot agree with, but I imagine it’s not exactly nice to have your whole life ruined by a charge you had no involvement in. You may find yourself having mixed feelings for this killer, even rooting for him at times!

Two Face from The Dark Knight

The most well known mayor in the DC Universe, Harvey Dent sure didn’t expect events to unfold the way they did in The Dark Knight! While most people would lay blame at The Joker for corrupting his mindset, later on in the movie Dent turned Two Face reminded everybody of the corruption within the city of Gotham which contributed to pushing him over the edge and going against his own rules and taking care of crime without the need for Batman.

The heartfelt loss of his fiance became the focal point of his campaign of terror during The Dark Knight’s climax, the icing that was spread firmly on the cake by The Joker. Two Face is probably the most agreeable adversary in the entire Christopher Nolan superhero trilogy.

About the Author

Lee Skavydis
Lee Skavydis
I am a die hard movie fan, owning over 500 movies on both DVD and Blu Ray. I try to go to the cinema at least once a week when time permits. My other hobbies include following fight sports such as boxing, travelling around, writing and editing, listening to heavy rock and cook the odd occasional recipe. I used to write for several prolific boxing websites, interviewing some of the most famous names associated with the sport around.



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