Media Meltdown Podcast

M.A.D. Day 65 - Super

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

It took me a while to get to this movie and when I saw it on my Tivo I decided to give it a chance.  It was a super hero movie and it stared Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Kevin Bacon and Liv Tyler.  All good to great actors  in previous movies and television so I had hopes that it would be at least decent.  Directed by James Gunn who never really directed a major motion picture, he has directed Troma pictures mostly.  This one was a movie I kept wanting to see but was not in wide released and had Ellen Page, I do not like her.

Movie starts with with Frank telling us that the only two good memories in his life were marring his wife Sarah and helping the police catch a criminal.  Both of which he draws and leaves on his wall as inspiration.  A little later Sarah who is a recovering addict falls for drug overlord Jacques and leaves Frank.  Believing he was touched by God he goes to a comic book store to get ideas for a real life super hero.  Here he finds is side kick Libby.  Armed with a wrench they fight crime as the Crimson Bolt and Bottie, with his war cry "Shut up Crime!".

This movie is alto better than I hoped for, and its the only movie I like Ellen Page in.  It is ultra-violent through out with being both heart-wrenching and humorous.  The opening credit sequence alone is fantastic.  When he is touched by the hand of God, its creepy but amazing at the same time.  Rainn Wilson perfectly, I just wished they went a slightly different way.  There is a point in the movie where you think he might be imagining it all in is head.  Is he or isn't he is the question I was thinking but it is answered for us.  Kevin Bacon plays a great villain, not really over top but more going with the flow.  Ellen Page plays the sidekick pitch perfect and actually acts instead of just saying lines.  I enjoyed this movie a whole lot more than I thought I would.  Give it a shot you might just enjoy it.

Rating - 3 1/2 Out Of 5 Stars
Stephen Operach

Posted at 11:26 PM by Media Meltdown Podcast
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