Once again, Super is a film that has already been reviewed here on The Liberal Dead but the Blu has just been released this past Tuesday and I think it’s time for you to freshen up your love for the film. Super plays with the same dark thematic elements that were present in both Watchmen and Kick Ass. Unlike Kick Ass, Super gets its message across without being too silly and like Watchmen, it can be rather heavy at times.
Super is not about a man sticking up for whats right because no one else is preventing crime, it’s about a very sick, demented man who believes that god has chosen him to fight evil. You see, what Kick Ass failed to get across is that anyone who actually dons an outfit to fight crime is not sane, they’re a form of a sociopath. Watchmen delivers this idea in the best way, showing that anyone wanting to be a vigilante is absolutely insane and damaged. You would think that Rainn Wilson’s character is the good guy and that he is something straight out of a comic book but no, he’s a sick man with his own sense of justice. Super portrays these qualities of a sociopath to the T. The inclusion of Ellen Page’s character further reinforces that notion, being an overly violent child-like person who only wants to fight crime so that she can kill (allegedly).
Super utimitaly fails by being too weird or violent for the regular movie watcher. I personally loved it, but then again, it’s my kind of film. It’s a script that looks into the mind of a masked hero in a world that closely resembles ours. So, most people might get upset at the brutality and the overall odd nature of the themes but if you like films, you really need to check this out.
The Blu contain a nice collection of special features that don’t take up a lot of time but are a nice addition to the Super experience. There is a commentary track with James Gunn and Rainn Wilson, one deleted scene, a behind the scenes feature, making of the main titles, and a promotional feature they did at SXSW.
The deleted scene is rather pointless, just showing a brief conversation between Sarah and Frank about her drinking a beer. I don’t really know why they put it in there but whatever, it’s something to watch. The Behind the Scenes is the best feature on here, clocking in at about 20 minutes, this short look into the movie provides some great insight from the cast. Turns out that Gunn was unsure if Emily Page would do this film after she got into Inception but she wanted to do it wholeheartedly. Same with Liv Tyler and Kevin Bacon, he thought they would be great for the parts he created but felt they wouldn’t want to participate. But Gunn was relieved when he heard that they all agreed. It seemed that everyone really liked what James wrote in the script, it somehow moved all of these high quality actors into wanting a role in a rather low budget film. Like I said, it’s probably the best feature, with all the insight from the cast and there are some great off camera moments with Rainn. Got to love that guy.
The making of the main credit sequence is interesting, showing a graphic animation studio discussing how they came up with some of the ideas for the intro. The animators show you how they made it look hand drawn as opposed to digital and the effects they used. It’s a rather short section but quite fun, if you haven’t seen the movie, watch the credit sequence below:
Then there is a promotional video that they did in Austin, TX for the SXSW festival and it stars both Rainn Wilson and Emily Page as the characters from Super being the characters in real life. So Rainn will yell at jay walkers or people posting flyers, just being who they were in the movie at the festival. It provides more laughs than anything and while being past the point of promotion (because you already own it), it’s still entertaining.
As a movie, Super succeeds in setting out to what it’s trying to be and does not make any suggestions to being the next big thing. Yet, it’s big in my mind, Super captured the idea of being a “real” superhero in “real” life in a bottle and showing what kind of person would dress up to fight crime. Overall, it’s a great addition to your Blu Ray collection and damn good movie to boot.