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Mystery Men (DVD)
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Mystery Men (DVD)
Date: 28/09/01, updated on 28/09/01 (107 review reads)
Disadvantages: Takes time out of your life to watch, Costs money
It looked stupid but I sometimes like stupid movies and I didn't have to pay to rent it so it seemed worth watching.
Crime is on the decrease in Champion City and Captain Amazing is worried as without any big fights he'll soon lose his corporate sponsors, after searching his list of past villains and discarding the ones that are dead he finds that Casanova Frankenstein is up for parole and decides to make sure he gets it. When things go wrong and he gets captured it's up to a group of inept superheroes to save him. Finding themselves easily outmatched (after all they are inept) the 3 superheroes decide they need to find more people to join with them in their fight.
The cast looked promising and for a comedy film really do act well.
Ben Stiller (There's Something About Mary, Meet the Parents etc.) plays Mr. Furious (or Roy) who can.... get angry. He seemed to play his part as well as in other films and I could find few faults with it.
Hank Azaria I've never heard of before but he's actually been in quite a few things, normally as a voice it seems rather than a person though (yes I do know voices come from people). Among others he is the voice of Apu, Moe, Chief Wiggum and quite a few other characters in The Simpsons. He plays the part of The Blue Raja (otherwise known as Jeff) who has the power to throw forks at people. His performance here is of a good standard and very comical when he plays his superhero character (possibly the funniest character in the film) and only really falters when we are shown his real life as Jeff, luckily this is a small part of the film and not of any real importance. Expect a lot of bad fork jokes from him (such as "May the forks be with us!") which seem to somehow get funnier the more of them you hear even though they shouldn't.
William H. Macy (Jurassic Park 3, Pleasantville, Air Force One and lots of other things) plays The Shoveler, an expert wi
th a shovel. Probably the most important member of the group and I felt put in the best performance as an actor too, he was one of the few people in the film I felt played their real life (when they aren't a superhero) convincingly.
Janeane Garofalo I recognised from Dogma but has also been in quite a few other things, most of which I have never heard of. She plays The Bowler who seems to be one of the only people in the group with any useful weapon (the skull of her deceased father encased in a golden bowling ball). Her performance is good but not great, at times it seemed perfect while at other times it seemed terrible.
Kel Mitchell (don't ask me, I've never heard of him) plays The Invisible Boy who has the power to turn invisible, with a catch, he can only turn invisible if no-one can see him (including himself) making his power of limited use. His performance wasn't poor but it wasn't that great either.
Other than these character there is also Paul Reubens who plays The Spleen (with the power of flatulence), Wes Studi who plays The Sphinx (with the power of being really mysterious and great advice such as "before you can learn my teachings, I must teach you to learn") Greg Kinnear who plays Captain Amazing (who can't also be Lance Hunt because Lance Hunt wears glasses and Captain Amazing doesn't), Geoffrey Rush who plays Casanova Frankenstein (evil genius with a deadly fingernail) and Lena Olin, Eddie Izzard and a variety of other characters.
This seems to be the sort of film that people either really like or hate, it's hard to really describe why you find something funny as almost everyones sense of humour differs. The humour comes not only from the jokes but from the way they are carried out and how the characters act while the jokes take place, there are many films which sound funny on paper but make terrible films and other things that don't sound that funny on paper but t
urn out to be really funny in the film. The film does a mixture of jokes ranging from parodies of comic book (superhero not recognisable without his glasses) characters to obvious/stupid jokes (running into something, falling over etc.) to many well thought out jokes .You don't tend to find many subtle jokes here but at least this means you don't really have to think about what you are watching but instead just watch it. There will certainly be some bits of humour in the film you won't like but there is enough variety here for almost anyone to find at least a few things they like.
Overall I really enjoyed this film and it is one of the few recent comedies I have watched that actually remained funny all the way through and that I would watch again. The film never seemed to be that popular and I've read many poor opinions on it but I would personally recommend it to just about anyone, it's not the best film in the world but it should give you a few laughs and is well worth the watch.