I’ve always said that the best Superhero films are those whose stories fit into everyday life. These types of movies are so good, they don’t even feel like Superhero flicks anymore.
And while Marvel’s Winter Soldier and DC’s Dark Knight are the two best examples of this phenomenon, The Boys is a close third
The Boys begins with Hughie Campbell (a 23-year-old Techie, with the Self-esteem of well, a 23-year-old Techie) and the love of his life, Robin.
And for the first five minutes and forty-five seconds of the show, everything was depressingly OK in Hughie’s life.
That is until A-Train (one of The Seven) accidentally runs through Huey’s Girlfriend and bursts her into pieces.
Needless to say, the event left Hughie traumatized. (Credit:Amazon Prime via Cinemblend.com)
However, It’s about this time that Hughie meets “The Boys.”
A former CIA Black Ops team made up of Butcher, Frenchie, and Mother’s Milk (yes that’s his real name).
And together with Hughie, The Boys go after The Seven and Their parent company, “Vought.” With the intention of exposing their true nature to the world. And to make them pay for their many, many crimes.
But who are The Seven? And what’s “Vought” ?
The Seven is a team made up of Seven Superheroes.
These heroes include The Deep, Translucent, A-Train, Starlight, Black Noir, Maeve, and Homelander (Basically a darker Justice League).
However, unlike the Justice League, The Seven are owned by a company called “Vought.”
“Vought” sees and treats their heroes as investments. And will do everything in their power to monetize them.
From Video Games to Movie Deals and other Merchandises, Vought has built a Multi-billion dollar industry. An industry it will protect at any cost.
But that’s what makes The Boys so compelling.
It’s not bogged down by generic story points, such as saving the world from a deadly virus. Or an unstoppable robot army.
Instead, it cleverly integrates the Superhero genre with matured themes such as Politics, Cover-ups, Backstabbing, Scandals, and good old fashion revenge.
Not to mention that the show gave me the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. A baby with laser vision.
However, There is one other reason why The Boys works so well. And his name is Homelander.
Damn he knows how to make an entrance. (Credit:Amazon Prime via GIPHY )Homelander knows how to make an entrance Click To Tweet
While the series eventually reveals every hero to be a fraud in one or another, Homelander stands out for a different reason.
Homelander is a true psychopath and a manipulative asshole with a god-like complex. And considering his Super-strength, Lasers and his messed up childhood, it’s not hard to imagine where things went wrong.
But what’s even more disturbing about Homelander is the extent he’s willing to go to achieve his goals. Not to mention his blatant disregard for human life (words cannot describe the shit that goes down in episode 4).
However, Homelander isn’t some mindless brutish hero. He is brilliant and possesses a strong influence on the American people. A power he puts to good use at various points of the show, to push his own agenda (Not Vought’s).
The Boys Succeeds in giving a matured live-action Superhero story filled with corporate greed and so many twists and turns.
This, combined with its incredible casts, is the reason why The Boys is a Must Watch of 2019.
P.S. If you’re somehow still not convinced to check out this show, remember, this show has a baby with laser vision (Click here to see it again)