Excerpt: My other favorite film of 2011 is James Gunn’s little-known darkly-comic film Super , which while turning the superhero genre on its head, also manages to connect with a touching and funny tale about a loser who’s on the road to change and self-discovery.
Conclusion: I'm still not quite sure how I feel about Super . It's gleefully perverse, excessively violent, and occasionally very funny, but it also seems unsure of what--if anything--it's trying to say. Is it a satire of superhero movies? An attempt to subvert audience expectations?
Excerpt: "Shut up, Crime!" The Film An ordinary guy decides to take matters into his own hands, fashions his own costume, and becomes a self-made superhero to fight the forces of evil. Sounds familiar, doesn't it?
Excerpt: Time out. Oh, we haven’t started yet. Um, okay. Well, this review needs to detour before we even get started, because Super is brazenly bizarre, possibly confused, hilarious, and a total downer.
Excerpt: Unless you’ve ignored the film industry for the last decade, you’ve noticed the world completely obsessed with superheroes. Next year alone will see the release of The Avengers , The Dark Knight Rises , The Amazing Spider-Man , Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance , and Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot.
Excerpt: At this point, the superhero genre has been so thoroughly worked over that the lesser lights of the DC and Marvel universes are getting their own nine-figure blockbusters and even meta-critiques have become a subgenre all their own.