Saturday, May 5, 2012

Jason and Shawn review: Superheroes


Jason: I get mixed signals from this documentary, the same mixed signals I feel toward the superhero movement. On the one hand, good on someone for standing up for what they believe in and trying to make a difference. On the other hand, seek professional help crazy fuckers! I think the filmmaker is as conflicted about the whole thing as I am. I had a hard time grasping what I was watching only because it's hard to believe people are really doing this. I can't admire them because I think they're mentally ill. And most of them will probably get killed in the process. As a work of journalism, I liked Superheroes. But I won't watch it again. So it gets a Bad from me!

Shawn: Wow. Did I ever consider a vigilante-costume-ass-kicking gig? Why sure. The reason I didn’t actually partake in it? I’m not mentally unstable NOR do I have superpowers. I came off this doc with a bad taste in my mouth. It was far more sad than I could really have imagined. I felt sorry for a few of the “heroes." Living in a van, living with obvious alcoholism and I’m sure some mental disorders. This was a neat look at real-life superheroes, but not a great documentary, as I’m not sure how I am supposed to feel about the subject matter. But in the end, I didn’t like it. So Ugly for me.

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