Thursday, March 3, 2016

Mystery Men (1999)

Director: Kinka Usher

Writers: Neil Cuthbert, Bob Burden

Composer: Stephen Warbeck

Starring: Ben Stiller, Hank Azaria, William H. Macy, Janeane Garofalo, Kel Mitchell, Paul Reubens, Wes Studi, Greg Kinnear, Geoffrey Rush, Lena Olin, Eddie Izzard, Artie Lange, Pras Michel, Claire Forlani, Tom Waits, Louise Lasser, Ricky Jay, Jenifer Lewis, Michael Bay, Doug Jones, Dana Gould

More info: IMDb

Tagline: This summer expect the unexpected

Plot: A group of inept amateur superheroes must try to save the day when a supervillian threatens to destroy a major superhero and the city.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again?  Probably not.

Man, it's been a lot of years since I saw this.  I liked it then and I like it now.  There is so much to like about this picture.  The cast is great.  I still don't care for Stiller but he's less annoying here than in most of the pictures he's made since.  I REALLY loved Kinnear and Rush in this.  They were perfectly cast and are an awful lot of fun.  It's crazy that this picture is two hours long but it mostly works.  But the thing is I can't think of anything that should be cut.  It flows pretty quickly and it's over before you know it.  It was definitely a few years ahead of its time but that certainly doesn't lessen the fun factor of playing with the super hero genre and having fun.  The Universal DVD has a whole bunch of extras with one of the best being the origins of the film in the comics and how the characters changed from the comic book to the screen.

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