Sunday, May 6, 2012

MOVIE REVIEW: "Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope"

As you may have already guessed from past reviews, I am a fan of comics and superheroes. So no brainer here, I had to check out "Comic-Con Episode IV." What is it all about? It's all about San Diego Comic-Con and its die-hard fans. This documentary was put together by director Morgan Spurlock of "Supersize Me" fame, along with comic book and movie staples Stan "The Man" Lee, Joss Wheadon (seems to be another trend in my reviews, huh?), Harry Knowles, and many other familiar faces and names.

The film follows some very different fans on their road to the event, as two are looking for a career in comics, one group puts together a Mass Effect cosplay show for the ages, a man and his epic comic collection struggle to survive, and one young man wants to solidify his love for his girlfriend at a Kevin Smith panel. Very interesting stories from each, especially the man and his collection of million dollar comics. The Con, as he and many others learn, is not so much about comics anymore as Hollywood has taken over and made it into a huge press conference for their next big projects. Kind of sad, but it's the truth.

Still, the love for the event is there and you can tell from those that attend the show. Whether you've been to the San Diego Con or any of the other Cons, you know how these shows work and you have seen how people go all out. Sure, it may seem like a joke and you get a laugh or three from the silly outfits and situations, but "Comic-Con" shows that passion people have for what they love and you're not an outcast here. It's a fun little flick, completely harmless, not particularly life-changing but worth a watch if you're a fan of anything comic and nerd culture. 

I say check it out. You get moments like the one above, so how can you go wrong?


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