Saturday, March 29, 2008

Superhero Movie

I'm a terrible person. My contribution of $7 towards a ticket is only going to motivate them to make another one. I wonder what the next genre will be. To be fair, this wasn't the worst installment in the franchise- but that's still not saying much.

Superhero movie essentially takes the first Spiderman, and peppers in the occasional other comic book reference. Rick Riker (Drake Bell) is bitten by a radioactive dragonfly and becomes the Spiderman-esque character. It follows virtually the same exact plot as Spiderman, while making lame attempts to lampoon it.

I'm really struggling to find anything to say about this movie. If you've seen the previews, you've seen it all, except be prepared to sit through several minutes of flatulence. There was, however, one part I did laugh at, and laughed a lot at. When Riker is submitting photos of The Dragonfly to the newspaper (in a send-up to Peter Parker's job at the Daily Bugle) the pictures he submits are nothing more than him sitting in his bedroom holding the camera at arm's length.

Also, Leslie Nielsen is always a delight. A parody movie wouldn't be complete without him. And the brief inclusion of Jeffry Tambour was wonderful, but unfortunately underused. There was only one scene with the two of them, and between them they could have carried the movie.

So even though this isn't the worst genre parody movie, it's still really bad. Don't waste your time or money to this, and if we're lucky, this'll be the last one. An even better scenario would be to return to the classic parodies of Mel Brooks, and pre-2000's David Zucker.


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