Imagine if you had an idea for making a comedy feature film where a good guy marries a great woman and takes on her two children, and then the father, who’s a bit of a wild guy, comes back and they both want to be head of the family. I expect someone probably would say to you ‘hey, it’s not that original, and I think that most of the jokes would be pretty average’. And imagine if you said ‘oh, but I can get Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg’ and they responded with ‘yeah, but will they do anything good with this?’ Now imagine that you responded saying ‘Nah, let’s do something good instead’. The world would be a better place.
It’s not the worst comedy I’ve ever seen, but jeepers creepers, it’s a stinker. I’m sure that it will make a lot of people a lot of money, and there may be some people who love it. In the cinema I was in, there were kids in front of me who were so bored they started playing games on their phones. I think I may have watched their gameplay for a good four or five minutes and was far more entertained.
So there’s a guy who’s developed some way cool technology only, realising it is dangerous, locks it away to keep everyone safe. Only there’s another guy, a bad guy, who wants to get his hands on it/develop it himself. Then there’s usually another guy who accidentally gets involved, and then there’s the daughter, usually the daughter of the first guy, who is smart and ace and beautiful and obviously will be the love interest regardless of how little chemistry there is between her and the accidental hero. Of course, she’s overlooked because she’s a girl, she couldn’t possibly be any good, then she proves herself a little bit and finally gains some trust of at least one of the hundreds of men in the film. Of course, she still doesn’t get any kudos and most people will be talking about her hair or clothes anyhow (if she gets a mention).
Look, it’s fine. It’s a pretty average plot, a pretty average origin story for one of the most ridiculous sounding superheroes. And I like the cast, and the script did what it needed to and the special effects were pretty ace. There was a good amount of comedy, but really, is this the film that has tipped me over the edge of superhero films? I’ve enjoyed them for a long time, though I feel I have a real hate/love relationship forming with Batman v Superman (that’s surely got to be totally shithouse).