Welcome to 50 first times; the movie-related post in which I watch, discuss and debate films that I’VE NEVER SEEN. I aim to work my way through 50 movies that I’ve previously missed/avoided, recording my thoughts along the way.

This collection of posts is a follow-up to 90 from the ’90s. However, while I previously focused on films from the 1990s, this time around I’m widening the field to cover any movie from any decade.

I’m going to watch good films, bad films, forgotten classics, Oscar winners and everything in between. Today I’m watching…

Super (2010)

*Holds hands up*

This movie was not originally on my list of 50 films to watch. I’m watching it for two reasons:

  • Super is written and directed by James Gunn.
  • Super has a (sort of) loose connection to Brightburn – the James Gunn produced horror movie I watched earlier today.

For these two reasons I thought it was the right time to watch this movie and incorporate it into 50 first times.

I know very little about Super other than what I’ve stated above. So, this could be good, it could be bad – I have no idea.

*Clicks play*

Observations:

Sean Gunn. Kevin Bacon. Michael Rooker. Linda Cardellini. Nathan Fillion! This movie has a great cast!

Oh, and Liv Tyler is here too. Still, a great cast.

Ellen Page is also in this film. I like Ellen Page.

Additional observations:

Was that James Gunn dressed up as a demon?

*Checks time*

OK, so 45 minutes into this movie and… I’m bored. This is not James Gunn’s best work.

*Continues with movie*

So, the premise of this film is that an average Joe has become a super hero (and I use the term ‘hero’ very loosely). He has teamed up with a savage Ellen Page and is dispensing rather violent justice.

*Cough*

Kick-Ass

*Cough*

OK, so this film isn’t Kick-Ass, but there are shades of it.

I’m not sure if it’s the tone of this film or it’s just me, but this feels like a chore to watch. This is certainly no Guardians of the Galaxy.

*Continues with the movie*

A male rape scene and Liv Tyler’s face materialising in puke – yep, this film is definitely not for me.

*Clicks stop*

Conclusion:

Tonally all over the place, and with some scenes that are a bit extreme (for my taste anyway), there’s little to enjoy about Super. There are brief flashes of good ideas, and as noted above the film veers towards Kick-Ass territory, but sadly it misses the mark at pretty much every opportunity.

Not a fan. Not a fan at all.

Having watched Super I can now safely say I will never watch it again.

OK, so that’s five movies down – 45 to go!

Previous movies on the list have included When Harry Met Sally (1989), What We Do in the Shadows (2014), Shin Godzilla (2016), and Road House (1989).