Director: James Gunn
Seen via: MPI DVD (R1)
I missed this when it came around at Actionfest '11, but finally got a chance to check it out on DVD...
I'm sort of tired of superheroes being deconstructed. I like superheroes. Sure they can be corny or farfetched, but they're also simultaneously able to explore some pretty deep issues through their simplified portrayal of the world. Tearing them down just seems... I don't know. It's shooting at an easy target. And while I realize smart criticisms like Watchmen blow anything I've just said to bits (the comics, not the movie), the recent proliferation of disaffected, irony-saturated fare such as Kick-Ass and The Boys hasn't held much appeal for me.
I like James Gunn though, so I was more inclined to give his take on the real-life superhero subgenre a take. Super came out a little too late it seems, just after the film adaptation of Kick-Ass had become a minor hit. For that reason, I think it was unfairly overlooked, as it has the smart, funny, and clever production that are characteristic of Gunn's work.
Super is by turns violent and light-hearted, and sometimes these things clash. Mostly though, it's the story of someone who's just been pushed too far by life and wants to even things out, no matter the cost.