April 18, 2011

Super - 2011

Director: James Gunn
Writer: James Gunn
Starring: Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Kevin Bacon, Liv Tyler, Nathan Fillion

"Shut up, crime!" After being left by his wife (Tyler) for a rather shady individual (Bacon), Frank D'Arbo (Wilson) creates the Crimson Bolt, a powerless superhero alter-ego wielding a pipe wrench, with some help from the young Libby (Page), who leaves her comic store clerkdom in favor of being "kid" sidekick Boltie.

 Those of you with weak stomachs, leave this review now. This is probably the most violent film I've ever seen, and that's including The Passion of the Christ. Having said that, I loved it beginning to end. While the film does go to some very dark places, it's thoroughly entertaining both in spite and because of it. The last thing you want to do is dismiss it as "Kick-Ass with a middle-aged guy." Wilson did a great job in his serious scenes, and hopefully he can use some of them to leave his Office-related image behind. Page also went great against type; Libby is no Juno/Bliss type, to the point of being outright crazy at certain points. Nathan Fillion has far too little screentime, playing a Christian public access channel superhero with flowing locks...need I say more? Also, for only $2 million, the gunplay and explosions are done superbly. In Super, you have a well-acted, well-written story with a subtle/ambiguous moral that's overall not easily forgotten. I give it an A (again, with the violence caveat).

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