This review may contain spoilers.
If you’ve wondered how James Gunn went from working on low-budget schlock films at Troma to directing The Guardians of the Galaxy, this film is probably the answer. Sure, it’s got some of the explosive and over-the-top gore of the Troma films, but it also shows Gunn as capable of telling an off-kilter but still affecting superhero story.
Super is kind of like Kick-Ass in that it shows an ordinary person trying to become a superhero. Except it’s funnier. It’s also, weirdly enough, a lot more honest. It’s been awhile since I’ve seen Kick-Ass but this film seems to nudge up to some of the darker and more real elements better, even while remaining funny.
Ultimately, Super is juggling too many different tones to be really great, and the ending comes off not quite working. But I guess it’s hard to convey the upbeat and optimistic ending they were trying for after you’ve blown Ellen Page’s head right the fuck off.