Superhero Movie

January 28, 2012 5 Min Read

Review by: Matt Brighton

Plot: What’s it about?

“Superhero Movie” like all of the other “…Movie” films, doesn’t exactly tread upon fresh ground. The one time spoof, “Scary Movie” has now become a franchise in its own right and it seems that there will be a “…Movie” for every genre of film out there. Currently we have “Date Movie”, “Epic Movie”, “Scary Movie” and now “Date Movie” (and I could be forgetting a movie or two). The plots of these movies are very familiar to us as they literally spoof all of the successful movies of that particular genre. And most, if not all of them star Leslie Nielsen. No kidding. Now I don’t want to say that these movies are actually bad, quite the opposite, matter of fact. Some of these have made me laugh so hard that I had to pause the movie just to catch my breath, but as far as their cinematic value is concerned, well let’s just say that these films won’t be remembered come Oscar time. The latest, “Superhero Movie” spoofs the new trend in Hollywood poking fun at such movies as “Spider-Man”, “Batman” and “X-Men”. Why? Simply because they can.

In this installment we meet Rick Riker (Drake Bell), a nerdy high school student that closely seems to resemble Peter Parker. On a field trip, he’s bitten by a radioactive dragonfly that seems to give him supernatural powers. He then dons a costume and sets out to fight justice and encounters more than one road block along the way. Naturally with every superhero, there’s a super villain and in this case it’s Lou Landers (Christopher McDonald) who goes by the moniker “Hourglass”. He’s called as such because his amount of time left to live is limited and he must continue to suck the life out of his fellow employees on a day-to-day basis to keep living. Just like “Spider-Man” neither know their true identities and as we might expect, it all comes down to one big fight. Will justice prevail or will evil reign? Fans of these types of movies will no doubt find this enjoyable, but those looking for anything of substance might want to look elsewhere.

Video: How does it look?

“Superhero Movie” is presented in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio which has been anamorphically enhanced. I’ve become so used to watching things in HD that it’s been a few months since I sat down and actually watched a standard DVD. As it turns out, they’re not as bad as I remember and the film actually looks fairly decent. I did immediately notice some edge enhancement, but not so much that it was a huge problem. A few of the scenes did suffer from a bit of artifacting here and there and compared to films in HD, some of the background scenes seemed a bit blurry, but on the whole it was a pretty good-looking transfer.

Audio: How does it sound?

As is the case with most standard DVD’s, we get a fairly standard Dolby Digital 5.1 track here. Dialogue sounds very natural and clean and there are a few battle scenes in which I was totally engrossed in a very good sound field. That said, most of the action is on the screen as physical humor and the track doesn’t seem to have the legs to be truly considered great. It’s an above average track, but one that ultimately falls short.

Supplements: What are the extras?

There are a slew of extras, but none of which are a necessity. We start out with a commentary track by Craig Mazin (writer and director) as well as producers Jerry Zucker and Robert Weise, the brains behind “Airplane!” The track is fairly straight-forward and though these guys are pretty dry, they did get a few chuckles in here and there. We also get an alternate ending, some deleted scenes and a few brief featurettes as well as the original theatrical trailer.

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