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Superhero Movie

June 29, 2010

Director: Craig Mazin 
Writer: Craig Mazin 
Producers: David Zucker/Robert K. Weiss
Starring: Drake Bell/Leslie Nielsen/Pamela Anderson/Regina Hall/Kevin Hart
Year: 2008
Country: US
BBFC Certification: 12
Duration: 75 minutes

After being bitten by a genetically altered dragonfly, high school loser Rick Riker develop superhuman abilities like incredible strength and armoured skin. Rick decides to use his new powers for good and becomes a costumed crime fighter known as ‘The Dragonfly’. However, standing in the way of his destiny is the villainous Lou Landers. After an experiment gone wrong, Lou develops the power to steal a person’s life force and in a dastardly quest for immortality becomes the super villain, ‘The Hourglass’. With unimaginable strength, unbelievable speed and deeply uncomfortable tights, will the Dragonfly be able to stop the sands of The Hourglass and save the world?

Who am I? I’m Dragonfly!”

The answer to the question in the description is actually: “Is anyone bothered?”. It doesn’t really come as a surprise to most readers when they know that Superhero Movie is actually yet another movie added to the already overdone spoof genre and yet again, the movie isn’t really that funny but it’s funnier than the latest spoofs. The story is focused mainly on Spiderman with small scenes from other superhero movies thrown in such as Fantastic Four and X-Men. The acting wasn’t really very good but it was to be expected since this is actually a spoof movie. The characters were dislikeable and remained like that throughout the movie. The writing was awful and the direction wasn’t done well either. The script was dire, it was as if a nine-year-old had written the movie. The ‘funny’ scenes were simply not funny, there were a few scenes that made you giggle a little bit but for a movie that lasts one hour and ten minutes, that’s not good!

Superhero Movie isn’t the worst entry into the genre but it’s not at the top either. The first ten minutes reminded you a lot of the Seltzer and Friedburg movies but without the blatant pop references. The worst thing for me about this movie was how much it wanted you to laugh at the movie and yet you just couldn’t. The characters were blatantly ripping off their movies which, I felt, lost that bit of humour. If it wasn’t blatant of what the movie was ripping off and didn’t use a lot of toilet humour, then I think it could have been a decent comedy movie. Unfortunately it seems that spoof movies today can’t rely much on humour without breaking into a poop joke in the first ten minutes of the movie. Also, this movie almost made a grave mistake by adding possibly the worst offender that a spoof movie could do…add a tiresome break-dancing scene twenty minutes into the movie. However, I’ll let it go for this movie since the break-dancing scene only lasted eight seconds (yes, I counted!). Overall, if you like the movies by Seltzer and Friedburg and silly humour, you might like this otherwise, stay away!

While it’s not a great movie, it’s one of the better spoof movies that have been released recently. There are three or four funny scenes so that beats all of the Seltzer and Friedburg movies put together.

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