Ellen Page and Rainn Wilson star in a heavy handed superhero black comedy|
by Peter Bradshaw, published on Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 22.03 BST
Reasonably sound comedy instincts are wedded to something bizarrely charmless and heavy-handed in this superhero comedy satire without the fizz of Matthew Vaughn's Kick-Ass. With its almost-funny ideas and gigglingly misjudged use of violence, it reminded me of another "loser" comedy, Jody Hill's Observe and Report. Rainn Wilson (from the US TV version of The Office) plays Frank, a sad-sack whose improbably gorgeous wife Sarah (Liv Tyler) runs off with a local gangster, played by Kevin Bacon. Frank takes vengeance on the wrongdoers of this world by kitting himself out in an absurd red costume, calling himself the Crimson Bolt. He acquires a star-struck sidekick called Boltie, played by Ellen Page. As black comedy, it works reasonably well some of the time, with plenty of black but not much comedy.
Rating: 2 out of 5