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4.0 out of 5 stars touching
This doc is funny, sad and factual all in one. There are moments when I felt a bit creeped out because these people go into the street wearing superheroe costumes, but it was a heartwarming tale of people who wanted to do good in the world. Oddly brilliant
Published on 26 April 2012 by Amyz1989

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3.0 out of 5 stars "I don't really have a social life. I don't really have the time..."
The film starts with a guy in in an untidy flat. The décor may be dominated by piles of comic books, Power-Rangers figurines, and martial arts DVDs: Welcome to the Xtreme Cave, home of the Xtreme Justice league - led, naturally, by Mr. Xtreme. Melancholy music plays as we see what appears to be a lonely life, voice overs hinting at the deep level of child-abuse and...
Published on 13 Dec 2012 by @GeekZilla9000


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3.0 out of 5 stars "I don't really have a social life. I don't really have the time...", 13 Dec 2012
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The film starts with a guy in in an untidy flat. The décor may be dominated by piles of comic books, Power-Rangers figurines, and martial arts DVDs: Welcome to the Xtreme Cave, home of the Xtreme Justice league - led, naturally, by Mr. Xtreme. Melancholy music plays as we see what appears to be a lonely life, voice overs hinting at the deep level of child-abuse and bullying at school. Is this man a lonely, disillusioned guy unable to let go of his childhood and desperate to be a superhero? Or is he a grown-up vigilante wanting to see a bit of social justice? There's one thing he isn't - alone.

Superheroes follows the lives of several `Real Life Superheroes' who dress up in costume and have superhero names, instead of presenting them as a group of oddballs and weirdos, the film attempts to tell their personal stories and give us an idea of their motivations as well as giving us a glimpse of the practicalities of such a lifestyle. We see a range of costumed heroes but the film focusses on a few characters and Master Legend stands out more than the others. Clad in Lycra and moulded plastic he looks like a budget version of Robocop, at first he's a figure of fun as we see him unsuccessfully flirting with ladies and see the mock reactions of those acting exaggeratedly impressed. It's clear that the general public don't quite see Master Legend in the same way he sees himself, he tries to spread the word of God and takes himself very seriously as he patrols Orlando, downing a few beers on the way. We aren't given some homogenised explanation of why these guys do what they so, they each have their own reasons and some are more realistic about their influence than others. A troubled past and a sense of not fitting in socially seems quite common.

The documentary tries to give a balanced view, it doesn't (super)hero-worship these Kick-Ass wannabes, it is perhaps guilty of mocking them but by the end of the film it celebrates their genuine good-will. They might be able to fly or see through walls - some can't even run without getting out of breath, but they do have strong personal philosophies and genuinely want to see the world be a better place and represent those they identify with - The TSAF: The Silenced and the forgotten. As well as the light-hearted side of costumed heroism we get to see the views of the police on street-vigilantism and the opinions of those officially involved in the justice system, particularly on some of the methods employed; is having a flamboyantly openly gay superhero act as bait to catch homophobes entrapment or a genuinely effective technique? Whether these guys really do make an impact on the crime rates of the cities they patrol is arguable - but their outreach programme is clearly very effective and makes a huge difference to the most vulnerable in their community, and it's through giving food to the homeless that the costume wearing eccentrics prove that they really are superheroes.

In a nutshell: A fascinating documentary which could easily have turned into a relentless mocking of a bunch of folk who exist outside of what is considered normal behaviour. Instead it looks at why they do what they do, it doesn't explore as deep as it could and doesn't answer all the questions such a film prompts you to ask, but it still provides a great insight into a dedicated sub-culture. Is there anything wrong with recognising that "there's a hero in everybody, and we need to start letting that out"? Oh - and Stan Lee even gives his opinions on real life superheroes too!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars touching, 26 April 2012
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This doc is funny, sad and factual all in one. There are moments when I felt a bit creeped out because these people go into the street wearing superheroe costumes, but it was a heartwarming tale of people who wanted to do good in the world. Oddly brilliant
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's a bird; it's a plane, it's... An interesting documentary, 29 Jun 2014
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Superheroes is a worthy addition to this well-establish genre, arguably re-popularised by Michael Moore in the 1990s. Filmmaker Mike Barnett's piece is a straightforward portrait of some of America's real-life superheroes. Other than the nicely done cartooning that marks the film's chapters, and some shaky 'ride along' footage, it is mostly talking heads, but no worse off for that. The tendency might be towards a first reaction of 'Really?' but, while there seem to be varying degrees of 'grip on reality' among the subjects, it's hard to argue that their intentions are anything other than good. There are a surprising number of participants, with a wide geographical spread, revealing the breadth of this activity, and almost all have a sense of their own limitations, operating within those bounds, and the law - setting their sights on realistic and attainable objectives. No-one here is going to affect the spin of the Earth or fly an atomic bomb through a portal in the space-time continuum (of course!), but it would be a cold person who was not affected by the good deeds that these citizens do. Their public spirit is admirable and it's to be hoped that there are many more people out there willing to step up in their own (quieter) way when evil rears its head in our communities. Barnett's film is well worth a watch.
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weird but interesting
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars geekalicious!, 25 April 2012
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Thumbs up to this EPIC work of art! Real life superheroes what more could you want, what an inspiring documentary!! A 2012 HIT
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