Sunday, June 29, 2008

Superhero Movie *

Director: Criag Mazin
Cast: Drake Bell, Sara Paxton
Christopher McDonald, Regina Hall, Leslie Nielsen

With the idea that with low budget comes no accountability, "Superhero Movie" is the latest in a series of cheap parodies made with the sole intention of earning a quick buck, disregarding the minimum audience respect in terms of plot coherence.
This time around it pokes fun at superhero, comic book movies by focusing on Rick Riker (a very likeable Bell), the type of geekishly handsome young man that is obviously the school's loser, has a crush on the popular blonde (Paxton) and can never get things right.
After he's bitten by a radioactive dragonfly he becomes known as "The Dragonfly" who appears just in time to stop a crazy villain (McDonald) trying to obtain immortality by absorbing people's energy.
During its short running time the film makes references to "Spider-Man", from which it draws most of its plot from, and both sequels, as well as "X-Men", "Batman Begins" and "Fantastic Four" among others.
It also has the obligatory Britney Spears and Tom Cruise jokes, plus characters played by Leslie Nielsen and Regina Hall, who albeit funny, have started to overstay their welcome from the genre.
And as with most entries in this style, "Superhero Movie" has huge troubles drawing laughter from the audience, mostly because the films it makes fun of have been, almost, consistently good; leaving absolutely no space for you to find ridiculous flaws in them.
Sadly the same can't be said for this one.

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