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Superhero Movie (12A)

PUBLISHED: 13:13 06 June 2008 | UPDATED: 13:16 24 August 2010

Superhero Movie (12A) www.superhero-movie.net In this big-budget spoof of the superhero genre, Drake Bell plays a geeky schoolboy whose life is transformed when he discovers he has superpowers. Based largely on Spiderman, the

Superhero Movie (12A)

www.superhero-movie.net

IN this big-budget spoof of the superhero genre, Drake Bell plays a geeky schoolboy whose life is transformed when he discovers he has superpowers.

Based largely on Spiderman, the film sets out to make light of Hollywood's recent run of superhero films.

Sadly, it's no more than a tiring retread of the thing it's supposed to be skewering. All of the usual clichés are firmly in place, and form the straight-faced backdrop for a clutch of mostly feeble jokes.

In an ideal world this predictable plot should be spiced up by the gags. But most of these feeble efforts add nothing to the bland, reverent tone of the picture. That most come in fairly poor taste doesn't begin to compensate for such miserable conservatism.

Adult audiences accompanying the under-12's at whom this film is aimed who hope for anything more than used gags, updated to mention MySpace, will be disappointed by almost everything Superhero Movie has to offer. The occasional ray of wit does manage to shine through but more often than not it is repeated as if the producers wanted to make sure you caught it. One scene in particular, when the hero looks longingly into the love interest's eyes whilst he repeatedly bashes a man's head into a wall, is the closest the film ever comes to a decent joke about superheroes. It's then repeated twice to grating effect.

Ropey computer graphics don't help, although some of the sound effects are effectively cartoonish. The film is also surprisingly short.

The presence of Leslie Nielsen partially rescues this dire picture.

Perhaps that's only because as the star of The Naked Gun he harks back to a happier, more irreverent era of mass-market comedy. Christopher McDonald, best known as Shooter McGavin from Happy Gilmore, also puts in an appealingly enthusiastic appearance as the arch-villain. And there are three or four laughs.

In spite of these, Superhero Movie remains an unsubtle, uninspired and unsatisfying ordeal.

By Duncan Brown


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