Sunday, April 24, 2011
Super: No, Actually It's Very Average
Super is a very confusing movie. It suffers from dramatic switches in tone, that left me confused on how to feel about the characters and what happens to them.
Rainn Wilson plays Frank, whose ex-junkie wife (Liv Tyler) leaves him when she relapses and returns to her drug dealer Jacques (Kevin Bacon). This causes Frank to have a mental breakdown and he decides to don a superhero outfit to fight crime as the Crimson Bolt. Rainn Wilson is actually pretty good as a leading man. Unfortunately he isn't given anything really interesting to do at the start of the movie but to mope around like a sad sack. Seeing a guy beat people up with a wrench just wasn't doing it for me.
Unfortunately Ellen Page isn't enough for this movie to overcome its issues. The tone switching (drama, comedy, farce, dark comedy) left me confused as to how to feel or care at the end.
** of 4 stars.