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on 12 August 2000
Admittedly, 'Mystery Men' does need time to grow on you - but it's well worth the wait! The humour explodes within the first 5 minutes and then never lets up! The idea of a group of 3rd Division, super hero wannabes believing that they can mix it with the Premier League super villain, Casanova Frankenstein - is a pure delight! Particularly as they are cack-handedly responsible for the demise of the film's genuine super-hero, Captain Amazing, early on in the film! Casanova Frankenstein is a wonderfully devilish creation! Oozing evil and charm with every syllable he utters - is very reminiscent of the dry humour that made the exchanges between James Bond and his countless 'nemeses' so enjoyable! You'll have to see the film to appreciate the relevence of 'nemeses'! Throw in ridiculous 'super' powers such as devastating flatulence, a vengeful bowling-ball containing the skull of an equally vengeful bowler's father, an effectiveless fury, invisiblity that cannot be 'seen' (pardon the pun!), a thrower of his mother's forks and spoons, a shovel and a cliche-ridden philosopher; add a wonderful Q-type pastiche from Tom Waites who invents only 'non-fatal' weapons - such as 'A Whirlwind In a Can' and the brilliantly conceived 'Blame-thrower'; then, finally, mix in a performance from a cast that not only knock spots off Bruce Willis, Tom Cruise, George Clooney and Co but also look as though they're having a great time doing it aswell - and you finally end up with the recipe for a fantastically funny and brilliantly produced triumph! And if that isn't enough - there's the sublime brilliance of Eddie Izzard (Don't vorry, Tony, you vill dance again!) You must see it... again and again and again! If only 'Ballerina -Man' had been allowed to join the gang! (Again, you'll have to see the film to appreciate that little aside!) Whoever finds this film unfunny and witless must be some-one who finds collecting 1953 bus time-tables absolutely rivetting!
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