HT Schuyler: Super Review

Posted: September 12, 2011 by htschuyler in HT Schuyler's Movie Reviews

Rated 18A for strong, graphic violence, nudity, drug use and language.

Starring: Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Kevin Bacon and Liv Tyler.

Directed by: James Gunn.

For those of you who have never heard of Super, let me enlighten you. Super is about a man who has been pushed to the edge after his wife was stolen by Kevin Bacon, so he does the only logical thing possible, become a superhero and fight crime…and hilarity ensues.

Rainn Wilson plays Frank, a man who has been kicked around all his life. The only good thing about his life is his wife Sarah (Liv Tyler), who is a recovering drug addict. One day she runs off with drug dealer Jacques (Kevin Bacon), and Frank has a vision from God that tells him to become a superhero and fight crime. He later meets Libby (Ellen Page), who wants to become a superhero as well, so they join forces as “The Crimson Bolt” and “Boltie”, and go around beating people for disobeying the law.

Rainn Wilson is fantastic, creating a character you can laugh at, relate to, pity and altogether be terrified of all at the same time. He carries the whole movie, but pulls it off brilliantly. Kevin Bacon is awesome, as always of course, but he plays such a bad person, but you can’t help but enjoy watching his performance whenever he’s on screen. Ellen Page is good, but there are scenes where her character can get annoying, but Page plays it well none the less. Liv Tyler is pretty bad. Luckily her character is not on screen long enough to annoying me, but her scenes seem to drag on. Other than that acting all around is solid.

The Good:

This movie has a very realistic tone. Everything is shot in a way in that it looks realistic, and that it almost has a documentary feel to it at times, which just adds to the atmosphere and realism of the movie. All the action scenes are very well filmed, and all the effects look great. This movie also has some heavy emotional scenes, and they’re all pulled off perfectly, making you really invested in the characters. Despite some very dark scenes, this movie is really funny. Some great dialogue, hilarious physical comedy and clever gags. So if you don’t want to watch it for the emotional value, it’s still just a damn funny film. But it also has all the elements of a drama and an action film, all combined to make one awesome product.

The Bad:

My only real complaint with this movie is the last 20 minutes. The film deals with the consequences of trying to be a real superhero, but towards the end it throws all of that away and has an over the top, crazy, violent ending. Also it seems impossible that Frank wasn’t discovered right away, because he drives away from crime fighting in his car, with the licence plate clearly visible, and there are even moments where people see him getting changed into his outfit. Also, the film takes a very dark turn towards the end. It almost becomes scary in some aspects, and that may turn some people off. Other than those plot points, my problems with this film are minimal.

In Conclusion:

Super is just a great film all round. It has great acting, hilarious comedy, deep messages and entertaining action that will keep you invested throughout the duration of the film. It is unfortunately very underrated, and is sometimes overlooked, but that shouldn’t stop anyone from seeing this, because it’s one of the most moving films I’ve seen all year. Highly recommended.


  1. Cool. I want to see this. Glad to hear good word of mouth.

    Thank you sir!

    Glad to hear its really funny, too.

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