Super, written and directed by the cult-equipped James Gunn, reminds me of two recent movies. The first, and most obvious, is Kick-Ass. Like that film, and the comic book upon which it was based, Super takes the last decade of our nation’s obsession with anything and everything involving people in brightly colored underpants fighting crime to its logical conclusion: a real, non-superpowered individual puts on brightly colored underpants and fights crime. Also like Kick-Ass, the movie is shockingly violent in the way it dissects our fascination with superheroes. Which brings me to Hobo with a Shotgun, the other film Super reminds me of. Hobo with a Shotgun is a grim, joyless piece of work masquerading as nerd comedy, in which a vigilante mercilessly exterminates scores of criminals who rape, rob, and murder scores of innocents. Super sort of falls into the weird, misshapen chasm between the two.
Gobbledygeek episode 38, “Springtime for Puffy Val Kilmer,” is available for download right here. This is our new regular air date, Saturday, so mark yer calendars for future reference, Gobblers. In today’s episode, Paul and I look ahead to the spring movie season, discussing 31 films we find interesting in some capacity. Some we are legitimately anticipating, like The Adjustment Bureau and Super; some we’re merely curious about, like The Beaver or Your Highness; and others, well…we’ve got Justin Bieber: Never Say Never on there, so, yeah. Then, in another segment of “Reel Picks,” I proffer my opinions of The King’s Speech and Blue Valentine while Paul talks up the Criterion release of Guillermo del Toro’s Cronos.
Tune in next week for our Oscar predictions episode!