4/18/2008

Movie Review: Superhero Movie!

The spoof movies as of late have been generally lame, yet I still watch them hoping to catch a gem. The last one I watched was Meet the Spartans and that was lame.

Superhero Movie! is not the gem I'm looking for, but it's definitely a notch above the recent films. The film borrows its story from Spider-Man, where a teenage kid gets bitten by a radioactive dragonfly and develops super-human abilities. The movie is decent because its source material is superb-- Spider-Man as a superhero film is just near-perfect. The humor is still slapstick and there are a lot of toilet humor gags, but that's pretty much the standard for spoof films these days.

Another thing I liked about the movie is its loyalty to the campy nature of comic book characters. A good example is the villain in the movie, Hourglass (played my Christopher McDonald). His power is sucking the life out of people to survive, and he must do so periodically every 24 hours, like, well an hourglass. Another thing, notice that most of characters in the movie are aliterations or have the same first letters for their first and last names (example, Ricky Riker, Lou Landers. I remember an anecdote Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee mentioned before that they name characters that way (e.g. Peter Parker, Reed Richards, Scott Summers) so that they are easy to remember.

If Superhero Movie! is an indication of the quality of the spoof movies, then we're all in luck. The story is decent, there are funny parts (albeit slapstick) and nice pop culture references (the Tom Cruise guy is just hilarious).


Rating: 2.5/5


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