Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Stan Lee's Mutants, Monsters & Marvels (2002)

Director: Scott Zakarin

Composer: ???

Starring: Stan Lee, Kevin Smith

More info: IMDb

Plot: In this video, filmmaker/comic writer Kevin Smith interviews the legendary comics writer, editor and promoter Stan Lee about his life and work. In two seperate films, "Creating Spider-Man" and "Here Come the Heroes," Stan Lee discusses the creation of his greatest character, his career in the comics field and his relationship to his creative collaborators, especially the artists and co-writers, Steve Ditko and Jack Kirby.

My rating: 7.5/10

Will I watch it again? Nah.

Stan Lee is such a chatty, interesting guy that it's fun simply watching him talk about his life  in comics.  The two 'features' total about an hour and a half but they're very informative and fun.  He covers lots of material talking about all of the characters he created or had a hand in creating.  The only rub I've got is in the first few minutes of the first feature.  Kevin Smith says 'uh-huh', 'yeah', 'right', and so on, acknowledging every single sentence Lee speaks and he interjects frequently as if to show us he knows what Lee's talking back.  At first it's really annoying but eventually it starts to dissipate so you focus on Lee.  I really dig Smith but it old fast.  The disc is fun for fans of Stan Lee and he really delivers the goods and for that, it's worth picking up on the cheap.  It's got a few extras including text cast bios, a two-minute behind the scenes featurette (really?  two minutes is all you could muster?), a 7-minute interview with Stan's wife, Joan, who he's been married to since 1947 (!!!), less than a minute unused clip with Kevin and Stan about the 1990 FANTASTIC FOUR movie, 14 minutes of audio of Stan reading his poem, "God Woke" (God, says Stan is the greatest super hero of all (!)), and 3 minutes of Stan's home movies.

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