Marvel and dc dominate the superhero genre, which means both brands dominate Hollywood as well. Over the past two decades, Disney and Warner Bros. have harnessed their print libraries to bring some of the most beloved and iconic superheroes to life on the big screen.
But not all superhero stories come from comics. While Marvel and DC are the best-known sources for the stories and characters that populate so many Hollywood comic book movies, that doesn’t mean filmmakers can’t create their own superheroes and fictional worlds.
Few recent films prove it better than Quick color, the low-key independent film from writer-director Julia Hart, which is one of the most interesting and atmospheric superhero films of recent years.
The world is not in a good place when Quick color begins, and neither does its protagonist, Ruth (Gugu Mbatha-Raw). Set in the near future where it hasn’t rained for nearly a decade, bottled water is overpriced and the whole world feels unbearably dry. Unfortunately for Ruth, the ongoing drought is the least of her worries.
A nomadic loner, Ruth checks into a hotel only to leave it quickly after an earthquake – an earthquake she seems to cause during an intense crisis. It’s an incident that puts an infamous scientist (Christopher Denham) on his tail and forces Ruth to return to her family home, where she reunites with her mother, Bo (a gorgeous Lorraine Toussaint), and her daughter, Lila (Saniyya Sidney). .
We quickly learn that all three women were born with superpowers, although Bo and Lila turn out to be much more in touch with their abilities than Ruth.
Quick color follows Ruth as she struggles to accept herself and her power, training with her mother and daughter as she works to overcome some difficult mistakes and lingering traumas from her past. It’s a unique introspective journey for a superhero movie, in which a hero’s path to save the world and become their best self is not shaped by climactic fistfights or CGI battles in the sky. , but through moments of forgiveness and reconnection.
Expressing that kind of emotionally inner character arc is hard to do for a movie, but not when directed by an actor like Gugu Mbatha-Raw. the Black mirror and Loki The star gives a vulnerable and hurt performance as Ruth, beautifully conveying the character’s uncertainty and pain even in times when Quick color introduces other perspectives and subplots.
Lorraine Toussaint matches the volatility of Mbatha-Raw with her own confident and peaceful performance, while David Straithairn brings his usual warmth and tenderness to the film as Ellis, a local sheriff with a personal connection to Bo and Ruth.
Quick colorThe performances of, combined with the confident and understated visual style of director Julia Hart, make it one of the most unique independent thrillers in recent memory. What’s even more impressive, however, is how Quick color manages to feel like a legitimate superhero movie despite being totally different from the genre of massive Marvel blockbusters that many moviegoers consider to be the gold standard of the genre.
It’s a movie that presents viewers with a dystopian world in which superheroes aren’t people with increased strength, or who get their powers through failed science experiments. Instead of, Quick color creates his own kind of superhero, the ones who not only get their powers from Earth, but can use them to keep the planet alive and reshape it for the sake of others.
Quick color is available to stream now on Netflix.