So I’ve watched a bunch of “Not quite superhero” movies: Super, Defendor, Special, Griff The Invisible and Kickass 1 & 2. Some of them I loved, others not so much. They did get me thinking about how these ‘ordinary’ people want to make a difference in the world (or they’re crazytown), so they dawn a costume and decide to kick some ass (hopefully). What I find appealing in these movies is the spirit these characters, the sheer tenacity. Though I don’t always agree with how they do it, I feel inspired that they did. Sure they can be misguided and sloppy but then so are we when we are accomplishing our dreams. We also become invigorated, creative and curious. So much shifts in the body and soul to make new realities possible.
My favourite movie out of the list was Griff The Invisible, it’s just darling. It stars Ryan Kwanten (Jason Stackhouse from True Blood) who is able to capture every nuance and make you care about him so damn much. He is so at home on camera, allowing you to drift into his world with ease. Where you think him being insular and an outsider would be off-putting, it isn’t. It only makes his character more endearing. The supporting actress, Maeve Dermody (Black Water) is so delightfully quirky and is such a treat to watch, complimenting Kwantlen perfectly. Her character is completely unforgettable and so refreshing.
I don’t want to ruin the movie by talking about it too much so I’ll just say that it helped me resurrect the Magic. And by Magic, I know you know what I mean. (Notice how I’ve been using capital M’s?) My girlfriend said something one night that was so beautiful: “People forget that as adults, we are now the magic bringers. It’s up to us to do that for each other”. Let’s create as much magic as we can, let’s keep it close to our hearts-sprinkling us with whatever we need at that moment. We don’t need to put a mask on and go all vigilante on bad guys, what we can do is use the light we have inside of us and liberate our demons. We all know that the true fight isn’t out there, it’s in h**e (censored due to cliche).
That’s all I got for tonight. Not bad for a 2 am post.
– Super: Rainn Wilson (The Office). To savage for me, claims to be a comedy, it is not. Missed the mark. Too bad because I love Rainn Wilson.
– Defendor: 2nd on my list. Very good performance from Woody Harrelson. Funny, quirky, at times hard to relate. Totally recommend it.
– Special: Michael Rapaport (Hitched). Really wanted to like this. I don’t want to spend the time trying to figure out what exactly went wrong with this movie. I remember being bored, confused and waiting for it to end. Darn. Rapaport was awesome as usual.
– Kickass 1: Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick-ass 2) Awesome. Dorky in a good way, yes it’s violent and it’s kinda weird to see a 12-year old girl kick grown guys asses but whatever.
– Kickass 2: Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick-ass 1) I did not like it at all. The only tidbit that was worthwhile was Jim Carrey’s part, which they didn’t fully utilize. What happened guys?