W3 – Mystery Men – Shovels, Spoons, and FURY

Second ever

What to Watch Wednesday

Comin’ at ya.

This Week we’ve got Mystery Men, a fantastic comedy about a ragtag group of superheroes with no real powers who do their best to stop villain Casanova Frankenstein (Geoffrey Rush) from releasing an absurd doomsday devic. The movie rips on superhero tropes with profound cleverness, sporting dialogue like

Mr. Furious: That’s because Lance Hunt IS Captain Amazing
The Shoveller: Don’t start that again. Lance Hunt wears glasses. Captain Amazing doesn’t wear glasses.
Mr. Furious: He takes them off when he transforms.
The Shoveller: That doesn’t make any sense; he wouldn’t be able to see.

Sound logic. Also, note the great superhero names. The cast of non-heroes is perfectly crafted. You’ve got…

Mr. Furious. Power: extreme anger. Played by none other than Ben Stiller (in one of his earliest leading roles!)

The Shoveler: “God gave me a gift. I shovel well. I shovel very well.” Pretty much sums it up. Played by William H. Macey (perpetual good guy).

The Blue Raja. Power: Throws silverware with precision, but refuses to use knives (that leaves forks and spoons, for those of you who are counting). Played by Hank Azaria, best voice actor on The Simpsons.

And we can’t forget Invisible Boy who only turns invisible when no one’s looking. Toss Eddie Izzard into the mix and you’ve got yourself one hell of a funny film.

Man, I want to see this again.

Score: 4/5

Alignment: Spectacular Fluff

In the words of their wise trainer, this movie is “number one. All others are number two, or lower.”

Written by Russ Nickel

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