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Film Reviews: Super (2010)
BB Piano
Super (2010). Written and directed by James Gunn. The film starts with short-order cook Frank Darbo (Rainn Wilson) telling us about the two best moments in his life: when he got married, and when he directed a policeman to catch a thief. Unfortunately the rest of Frank's life has been pretty awful to-date. His now ex-wife (Liv Tyler), who was a recovering drug addict and alcoholic, has moved in with a drug dealer and general all round bad guy (Kevin Bacon). Frank has a dream that God chooses him to do something special, so he decides to become a superhero. Super is somewhat in the mould of other low-fi black comedy superhero films such as Kick-Ass and Mystery Men, only it's weirder, and more low-fi. Some curious performances are turned in by most, in a film with an already odd vibe. It was a surprise to see Kevin Bacon and Liv Tyler, and even more so a loopy performance by Ellen Page. It probably serves as the ideal antidote to the polished superhero films, which I'm frequently bored of. Sensitive types will want to avoid as it has some fairly gory scenes. 4/5 (Good)

Thanks to Colin for the suggestion.