Super movie review: An expectedly oddball effort from James Gunn, Super follows meek cook Frank D’Arbo (Rainn Wilson) as he decides to become a superhero named the Crimson Bolt after his wife (Liv Tyler's Sarah) is lured into a web of crime and drugs by a shady figure named Jacques (Kevin Bacon). Gunn has infused Super with a consistently irreverent feel that's reflected in its various attributes, with the likeable yet over-the-top performances, frequent instances of broad comedy, and underlying current of extreme violence certainly cementing the movie's place as a consistently off-the-wall piece of work. It's just as clear, however, that the film is never quite as enthralling or as engrossing as on might've expected based on the premise, with Gunn's exceedingly rough-around-the-edges sensibilities proving an ongoing hindrance to one's wholehearted enjoyment of the film. That said, Super does manage to hold the viewer's interest virtually from start to finish by virtue of its can't-miss premise, its uniformly captivating selection of performance, and by the inclusion of several stand-out stand-alone sequences (ie the Crimson Bolt delivers swift and impressively brutal justice to a pair of line butters). But without any real sense of direction and a tone that's just all over the place (ie what's with the absurdly earnest finale?), Super is finally unable to establish itself as anything more than a watchable bit of forgettable escapism. Source: Reelfilm
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