by Nick Allen, published on March 17, 2011 - 5:35 pm|
WHOS IT FOR?
Anyone curious about watching Dwight Schrute from The Office fight crime with a wrench should take the risk of stepping up to Super. The dark, dark, dark comedy may not be for everyone, but its near perfect for any of its specific audiences. It was a perfect film to play at the non-Telluride or the non-Sundance SXSW Film Festival.
Rainn Wilson takes a wrench to the face of superhero movies with writer-director James Gunns greatly violent and extremely irreverent Super. Ellen Page, aka the fast-talking title character of Juno joins Wilson in the hilarious chaos of the film, delivering a bouncy-ball performance that is enamored with superheroes and the violence they can create. Though Wilsons superhero identity as the Crimson Bolt along Pages Bolty come a year after Kick-Ass, Gunns Super is a film more deserving of that distinguishing title.
Fighting crime (such as people who cut in line, for example) in a world that Tromas The Toxic Avenger could very easily be stalking around also, Supers crusader is one delusional creature, played fantastically by Rainn Wilson, who is bound to have another cult role to speak for. Wilson understands the extreme tones of the movie and meets them head-on, offering a surprisingly labored performance that utilizes a whole effective emotional pallet. The same actor that can make people laugh from his violent craziness also succeeds in being equally magnetic in weepy emotional scenes that can be taken extremely serious. Always, however, hes crazy. Wilson can play so many different shades of that word.
The violence, or dare I say the entertainment appeal of Super, is armed to the teeth with over-the-top shocking moments that might make you gasp before laughing out loud. Its violence is bloody and blunt, spurning from the most ridiculous situations, and sometimes refusing to have an off-switch. Irreverence runs free in Super, especially when the film tackles a religious subplot, all the while defying any expectations that this is just another wacky superhero movie. Its much more than that if theres even anything super heroic about this superbly messed up movie at all.
FINAL SCORE: 8/10