Super, written and directed by James Gunn, is a dark comedy to the extreme that does not pull any punches or in this case wrench bludgeonings. The film follows a parade of graphic violence left by wannabe superhero The Crimson Bolt, played by Rainn Wilson, and his well-intentioned sidekick Boltie, played by Ellen Page. The Bolt takes up his mantle after his wife, played by Liv Tyler, is sort of kidnapped by an evil “supervillian” played by Kevin Bacon.
Bolt and Boltie are an unlikely pair, but both share a deep desire to be wanted and part of something greater. This certainly leads to some hilarious and awkward scenes. Wilson and Page, although not far from their comfort zones, play their parts well.
Tyler’s damsel in distress falls a little flat and through most of it, you want to just smack her and say, “What the hell are you doing?” Bacon is great as the smarmy villain and you just can’t help but feel dirty just watching him.
The body count in Super does not disappoint and there are some truly unexpected death scenes. Not to mention the oddest array of superhero weapons every assembled.
The film is not for the squeamish, but it tells a great tail of revenge, honor and maybe a little humility.