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I just watched Super a movie about a man (Dwight from the Office) who thinks he is touched by God, through a pretty creepy tentacle porn scene.  Through the finger of God he learns that he  should become a Superhero name Crimson Bolt and fight crime.  Along the way he picks up a psychopath sidekick named Bolty (The Lolita temptress from Hard Candy) and they fight various thugs before taking on the film’s crime lord (played by Kevin Bacon).

I was honestly surprised at how good this was considering other movies of the same genre like Defendor and Special. All three movies have basically the same plot:  A simple man leading a boring life decides to become a superhero with no radioactive granting super powers.

Special actually was on the brink of being a great movie until  it ruined the illusion that the drugs were making him seem like he had super powers. I think that one scene in the doctor’s office[highlight to see the spoiler] where the POV was through the doctor’s eyes and instead of seeing him floating we see the hero was just lying on the floor. At that moment I thought the whole illusion was broken. They didn’t need to do it … and then we won’t even talk about the painful, drawn out third act that could have been mercifully edited down  Whereas Defendor was just ehhh, it was OK.

Super though had just the right amount of violence, humor and comic book themes of self doubt, who is bad, etc.  Maybe because the order I saw the three starting with Defendor, then Special and finally Super that the violence and gore in Super that drew me in, due to the lack of blood and guts in the other movies.  Whatever it was it was pleasantly surprising in a way that gore makes a flick realistic … grown up.  Yet the movie still had all the ridiculous elements of a man walking around in a superhero’s suit while dealing with all the moral dilemma’s a superhero goes through. Maybe the contrast of the two like how weird it would be to have a kids show have incredibly visual sex … something is out of place yet fascinating at the same time. Very interesting the way it was done and how it increased as the film went on.

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