Rainn Wilson plays a psychopath who has “visions” that turn him into hero no-one would ever want to mess with – or cut in front of in a queue – in a needlessly (but also awesomely) violent dark comedy.

Rainn Wilson plays a psychopath who has “visions” that turn him into hero no-one would ever want to mess with – or cut in front of in a queue – in a needlessly (but also awesomely) violent dark comedy.

Super is a film which has been near the top of my ‘must watch’ list pretty much since its release… I just never got round to it until today (this is one of the reasons I love this film challenge), and it is a film that lived up to my expectations but didn’t quite exceed them in the way I wanted.

Frank (Wilson) a troubled man who clearly has some psychological problems either embarks on a holy quest to save the world or has a mental breakdown -depending which way you want to look at it, although it’s probably the latter – after his wife Sarah (Liv Tyler) falls under the influence of shadowy drug dealer Jacques (Kevin Bacon) – spelt as ‘Jock’ in one of Frank’s childlike drawings. This breakdown forces him to do what no one else has done (apart from that kid in Kick-Ass the year before) and become a superhero. After building a name for himself Frank finds himself recruiting an overly enthusiastic sidekick Boltee (Ellen Page) and the two set out to not only save Sarah but also defeat crime in general.

Much of the films humour comes from its graphic violence – Frank’s decision to use a wrench as his primary weapon causing particular gore – and the interactions between the Frank (who is pathetic and odd) and Boltee (who is insanely upbeat). This is showcased in several scenes particularly when they first team up with Ellen Page brutally taking things too far when attacking someone.

The film being what it is, is dependent on its cast to give the story some weight and Wilson in particular does a great job of doing this. Although we spend much of the film laughing at how pathetic he is; somehow we also end up relating to his experience in the final act which only adds to the comedy and drama of the final scenes. Kevin Bacon also makes his presence well known as the villain of the film in a relatively small amount of screen time, which is a testament to the strength of his performance.

The problem with the film is that whilst it is consistently amusing and entertaining it lacks a certain spark that other comedies have; some of jokes are just off-tone and don’t quite hit their marks the way they could… it just gives a feeling a disappointment.

Super is a thoroughly enjoyable film that had me chuckling all the way through but lacks any truly great comic moments to make it fantastic.

8/10