Weekly Movie Rec: Super

I usually don’t miss movies in the theater, but every so often one that’s not terribly wide released will slip through the cracks. With a strange, Kick-Ass-ian concept and a 44% on RottenTomatoes, I didn’t think that I had missed to much by skipping Super.

But I was wrong.

Super is a dark, twisted and rather fantastic film. It’s dismissed because it came out relatively close to Kick-Ass, and its costumes and concept looked quite similar. But there’s enough room for more than one “everyman” superhero film, and frankly I liked this interpretation far more than what Kick-Ass did with the concept.

The film stars Rainn Wilson, and if you can’t recognize him from the picture, you know him as Dwight Schrute from The Office. He’s a man suffering from a myraid of social disorders that make him a rather strange fellow, and his issues go all the way up to psychosis when he hallucinates that God wants him to be a superhero after his drug-addled wife (Liv Tyler) leaves him for a sleazy dealer (Kevin Bacon). He’s eventually joined in his newfound calling by a wannabe sidekick (Ellen Page), and his self-crafted hero, the Crimson Bolt, evolves over time, going from goofy to quite terrifying by the end of his journey.

It’s a tale of twisted morality that has the Bolt beating people senseless with pipe wrenches, which might be applause worthy when it’s a mugger or pedophile, but doing the same to someone butting in line? A little more questionable.

This is set in a more realistic world than even Kick-Ass where no, nobody has powers, but also no one knows elaborate kung fu, and a bullet to the face is a very real danger even if you’re wearing a costume. But it’s that realism that makes the film more authentic, and Wilson gives a surprisingly raw performance as the probably psychotic Bolt. Super is not perfect, as it’s oddly paced and its spinning moral compass can be a bit disorienting, but it’s the most refreshing dark comedy I’ve seen in a while, and the Crimson Bolt is a far more layered hero than any patriotic super soldier or Norse god in theaters recently.

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  1. when the hell did this come out? i wanted to see it real bad due to the teaser trailer with ellen page acting all sexy in her costume.

    i am shocked to see that is already on DVD/blu ray, i didnt even know it went to theaters yet.

    is this worth buying on blu ray for $13 from amazon?

  2. Seen the trailer for this months ago on youtube but didn’t realise it was out yet never mind on dvd.

    I didn’t even get a release in cinemas in UK or Ireland

  3. You should also check movie Defendor with Woody Harrelson – it’s also satirical take on superhero genre. Black comedy. And it has Kat Dennings too!

  4. Ellen Page ftw. Glad to hear someone else liked it, as I saw it with a bunch of my friends and was the only one who liked it. A great take on the “fake superhero” genre only a director with a Troma background could give….

  5. God, I loved this flick. The bad reviews are almost solely because it is incredibly dark and disturbing. I’d imagine it’s an easy film to simply not “get.” Personally, though, I found it awesome and hilarious. I loved Kick-Ass, but this is a much more genuine and believable entry into the “real life superhero” genre.

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