FILM REVIEW: MYSTERY MEN

Starring Ben Stiller and Geoffrey Rush, I first aware of this film many years ago when I first saw its trailer.  However, I watched the film itself recently and I enjoyed it for a variety of reasons.  Even though it was intended to be a comedy and I am slow when it comes to catching subtle humor, I loved the superhero elements, themes and references.  Because I am such a superhero fanatic, I was very analytical when examining the superhero traits of the film.  One of the parts I enjoyed about the film is that the characters had genuine humanity to them.  In the superhero genre, we are always paying attention to the most successful superheroes out there, but we tend to overlook the underdogs.  I like this film because it portrays how the underdogs get their chance to fight the forces of evil.  Geoffrey Rush is one my favorite actors and I was pleasantly surprised at how well he portrayed a supervillain.  As for costumes, I liked Greg Kinnear’s uniform as Captain Amazing, but I often try to imagine how it would look without all of the corporate logos stitched to it.  In addition, I liked the city in which the plot takes place because it looks like a combination between the cityscape in Blade Runner and the cityscape of Coruscant from Star Wars, both of which are cities I find fascinating.  Overall, this film is recommended to anyone who is seeking to a story about superheroes that seem relatable and human.

7 thoughts on “FILM REVIEW: MYSTERY MEN”

  1. All I can think of when I remember this film is the random “Wisdom” of the mentor character. I loved the things he’d spout “If you would share the things you enjoy, you must first enjoy the things you share”

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