Just a few minutes ago I got out of the premiere of James Gunn’s Super at the Toronto International Film Festival. As a fan of his previous work (Slither, PG Porn), I was hoping Super would be awesome. While it didn’t reach the level I hoped for walking in, there was enough cool stuff that you should definitely be excited to check it out when it eventually gets released. Also, while Rainn Wilson was great as the lead, Super was the Ellen Page show. Trust me, you have never seen Ellen Page like this, and she had the entire theater laughing at some of the insane stuff she does on screen. Finally, if you were nervous Super would be PG-13 or play it safe, since Gunn made it himself and very low budget…let’s just say Super has a lot of creative freedom and a lot of blood.
Anyway, right after the movie ended I recorded a video blog with Peter from Slashfilm and we were joined by Alex from FirstShowing. Hit the jump for our thoughts on the film and keep your eyes peeled for a very brief appearance by a famous movie director.
For those just tuning in, here’s the plot synopsis for Super:
Frank (Rainn Wilson) is an average guy who transforms himself into superhero The Crimson Bolt after his wife Sarah (Liv Tyler) hooks up with a smooth-talking drug dealer, Jacques (Kevin Bacon). What Frank lacks in superpowers, he makes up for with a trusty wrench in his one-man war on crime. But every superhero needs a sidekick. Enter Libby (Ellen Page), a cute psychopath working at the local comic book store. Transforming into “Boltie”, Libby teams up with Frank to take Jacques down. From the surprising imagination of writer-director James Gunn (Slither) comes Bolt and Boltie, a crazed crime fighting duo for the XBox generation. They’re here to save the day, or at least to beat you up.