Director: Craig Mazin
Cast: Drake Bell, Sara Paxton, Christopher
McDonald, Pamela Anderson, Tracy Morgan, Regina Hall, Craig
Bierko, Simon Rex, Leslie Nielsen, Marion Ross, Kevin Hart,
Jeffrey Tambor, Ryan Hansen, Brent Spiner, Keith David
RunTime: 1 hr 25 mins
Released By: GV
Rating: PG (Crude and sexual humour)
Opening Day: 24 April 2008
How many superheroes does it take to save the world? The creators
of "The Naked Gun" and "Scary Movie" answer
this question in hysterical "David Zucker" fashion
with the uproarious comedy "Superhero Movie." Meet
Rick Riker. He's young, he's cool and he's got superpowers.
Now, if he only knew how to use them... but the world is in
danger and no one is safe when Zucker and the gang - headed
by the hilarious cast of Drake Bell, Leslie Nielsen, Tracy
Morgan, Pamela Anderson, Regina Hall and many others - take
aim at some of the biggest blockbusters of our time including
"Spider-Man," "Batman," "X-Men,"
and "Fantastic Four," to name a few.
We’ll be damned if any self-respecting critic penned
a glowing review of this awful movie (we shudder at the thought
of even defining this mess as a movie).
look at the promotional poster and you’d know what to
expect: appalling performances, senseless storyline and jokes
that try to hard to be funny. And any discerning viewer who
has the common sense to predict all that is spot on –
there is nothing epic about this movie…
if you remember reading the above two paragraphs from somewhere,
click on the review for Epic Movie. Yes, you’d probably
be thinking that this reviewer is sloppy and lazy writer,
and should be banned from writing forever. But aren’t
spoof movies like this all about upfront copying of successful
blockbuster movies which we are so familiar with?
Spider-man ever took a break from saving the world, we would
have to settle for his poor cousin Dragonfly: We see how Dragonfly
the superhero morphs from a geeky nerd to a world saving champion.
We see how he visits a mutant school to witness Wolverine
shaving his legs, crosses paths with the members of the Fantastic
Four gang and burns one of them in the process. Then there’s
this villain who wants to kill of us mere mortals, but thanks
to Dragonfly, we are saved from that terrible fate.
the opening credits to the music score, the movie draws its
inspiration (that’s just a nicer way of saying that
the movie is a copycat) from other superhero movies. You see
the male lead being bitten by a dragonfly, a female love interest
who resembles Mary Jane, a villain gone berserk after a failed
experiment, a mutant school full of teenagers with superpowers,
a underwhelming finale where good triumphs over evil. But
that isn’t the point of this movie. Other than the silly
copycat scenes from movies like Spider-mad, Batman and X-Men,
there are some truly funny moments where crude humor and toilet
gags step in to milk pathetic chuckles out of us. If you saw
a gang of animals humping hero, a toilet bowl riding Professor
X (he’s black!), a chicken being stuffed with unusual
ingredients and people spoofing Tom Cruise and Stephen Hawking,
you’d be laughing, even if it’s a small chuckle.
also won’t care much for the unknown cast here, well,
except for Pamela Anderson who appears briefly as the Invisible
Woman (the guys’ eyes will be on her well endowed assets)
and Leslie Neilson as Dragonfly’s grandfather who spouts
a few deadpan but hilarious lines (watch how he rudely intrudes
into someone else’s coffin at his wife’s funeral).
to end what I started, I shall end this review by saying:
There is only one reason why the movie studio agreed to produce
this movie: the box office potential. Judging from the US$21.3
million (I did my research to change the figures!) it has
made in the States, it’d probably make bored audiences
here fish out their wallets to pay for a ticket for this movie.
few laugh out loud moments here and there, but that’s
about it – not a bad way to spend your boring weekend
Review by John Li