Wednesday, May 9, 2012
"Mystery Men" (1999)
In Champion City, there are real super heroes, or at least one super hero: Captain Amazing. But the Captain’s problem is that he is too good. He has taken care of all the really big problems of the city and his corporate sponsorships are in danger. In an effort to once again increase his appeal, he conspires to have one of his arch villains released. The only problem is that this time around the bad guy wins.
Meanwhile, there are a handful of wannabe heroes in town. They get wind of Captain Amazing’s predicament and decide to save him.
Along the way we explore some of the finer points of the superhero genre. Like, the way that these characters are so thematically driven. These are not real world problem solvers, they are story elements. The main reason super heroes do not exist in the real world is because they are symbols. Heroes do exist it’s just that in the real world they make a difference not a statement.
This story is a bit rough around the edges. There is some really dark humor here, but there is also some truly funny and insightful comedy. It is not quite a guilty pleasure, but it might be worth a look for those who are fans of the comic book genre.