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Super: This Ain’t Your Older Brother’s Comic Book Hero

29 Mar

Sometimes I feel like films don’t surprise me anymore. It’s like writers/producers/directors have to play demographic connect four to get financing, and that leads to the happy endings, Oscar winning formulas (cough The King’s Speech cough) and the “career” of Megan Fox.

It’s a business, I get it…how can a studio exec be expected to take on the risk of making a creatively driven movie when hes got to gas up his G4. I know what you are thinking, “woah, woah no political jokes demonizing corporate America.” But don’t worry, I’m a Republican.

Honestly though, nobody makes money off a 2 million dollar indie film. Except Juno, but that is besides the point. It’s tough to make an honest movie without playing the game a little bit and as an avid fan of Stratego, and all the Milton Bradley products, I don’t hate the players or the game.

“Kudos if you make it all the way through.” That was what director James Gunn had to say during a post screening Q&A in Cambridge (not Boston), MA of his new film – Super.

It’s a dark comedy that keeps you laughing up to the point where you are too shocked to laugh. Maybe it is the first time Frank/Crimson Bolt (Rainn Wilson) beats a guy senseless with a wrench for cutting in line. Note the phrase, “first time.”

Maybe it’s the sexualization of violence by Libby/Boltie, the kid side-kick played with a strangely identifiable mania by Ellen Page.¬† Or maybe it’s the gore filled climax that would make Quentin Tarantino proud. But at some point you’re going to stop laughing.

Don’t fight the feeling to stop laughing, if you have a sense of humor and/or are moderately well adjusted, you’ll still enjoy the rest of the movie and you may even start laughing again. But that unusual feeling¬† that you are experiencing is just the feeling of being surprised by a movie again.

Warning: You may think this film looks a lot like the movie Kick-Ass. That is because Mark Millar, author of the comic book Kick-Ass, and Super writer/director James Gunn are friends. Gunn began work on the Super script 9 years ago, while Millar was just beginning to write the Kick-Ass comic that inspired the film adaptation.

Basically, Super is it’s own film and should be treated that way.