Thursday, April 30, 2009

SUPERGUY: BEHIND THE CAPE

SUPER POWER GAINED FROM WATCHING THIS MOVIE: The Ability To Alter Reality Through The Magic Of Photoshop

THE CARD:

A dopey aw-shucks Godling; his alchy Dad; his raspy voiced Mom; his MILF sister; the triumph of Fake Jay Leno, Fake Larry King, and Fake Barbara Walters; and the most realistic and economic display of superpowers bestowed upon humankind since my last honeymoon.

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THE ANGLE:

Superguy has been protecting the Earth from wildfires, earthquakes, plane accidents, and hysterical women since the 1970s, and in this scorching documentary film his origin is exposed, his importance to the world is demonstrated, and his impact on all of our lives is dissected and laid out for all to see. He came from meager beginnings in small town America, grew up suddenly manifesting extraordinary powers, donned a costume to become a caped savior, and built a corporate empire based on his persona which is beloved across the globe. But his mission and his success have come with a price. As his heroic deeds expand, he is depended upon more and more, and when he fails, he fails spectacularly. People look up to him, worship him, and go insane trying to be like him. His larger than life role has alienated him from family, friends, and romance, and consequently he yearns for a normal life that he can never have. Despite being a friend to all of mankind, he is the loneliest man on the planet. This documentary peels off the layers of the icon in spandex, revealing this superhuman’s all-too human problems and the results are heartbreaking, amusing, and frightening at the same time.

THE FINISHER:

Superguy: Behind the Cape is a fairly well done mockumentary depicting the hypothesis of a superhero existing in the real world. Although not a laugh-out-loud chucklefest, the film does a fine job laying the sociological aspects of the premise with believable talking heads, family members, persons in the streets, and Superguy himself. Writers Bill Lae and Mark Teague do a good job replicating the gobbledygook of pop psychologists and so-called experts yet still manage to bring their points about super-heroism and stardom across with connotations of the absurdity that a completely “good” hero can exist in our corporate-controlled media-driven fame-seeking society. The low budget effects are done well enough to keep the basis of the film satirical and believable, if a bit outlandish. There are a few weaknesses such as the journalist/TV anchor people sequences, a couple of comical sequences involving his costume designer, and what he does in his spare time that are less compelling. While not so much an examination of a comic book superhero, Superguy manages to explore the pitfalls of superstardom, hero worship, fanaticism, and the subtle cynicism that rules our age that perhaps will never enable our society to trust a man dressed in tights and a cape or wearing a mask.

Um, yeah I wouldn’t know anything about that.

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