Thursday, April 5, 2012

POPped Review - 'COMIC-CON EPISODE IV: A FAN'S HOPE'




Superman meets a young fan
in Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope
A short time ago in a convention far, far away nerds, geeks, comic book enthusiasts, and all sorts of fan-types descended on the sleepy town of San Diego for Comic-Con International, much like they had in years past.   But this year was different.  This year they weren’t alone.  Morgan Spurlock was with them.
The director of Super Size Me and The Greatest Movie Ever Sold has tackled his most challenging subject yet: Comic-Con!  Premiering today in theaters and on Movies on Demand on April 6th, Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope “follows eight individuals on their unique paths through the world of Comic-Con.”
Having attended Comic-Con myself, it is often hard to explain to those who haven’t been just exactly what it’s like to go.  The San Diego convention has almost a legendary status now, being this mysterious event that some people long to attend while others wonder what all the fuss is about.  By following several different individuals, Spurlock gives us a sense of what it’s like to actually be there.  It’s fascinating and frightening all at the same time.

*Spoilers Ahead*
Eric and Skip are two aspiring artists that go to Comic-Con with the hopes of getting work in the comic industry.  Eric is married with a family and currently serves in the military.  Skip is on his own.  They both have the passion, but different skill levels.  Their time at Comic-Con has them meeting with comic book professionals who review their portfolios and offer career advice.  
Holly enters the Masquerade – a costume contest where contestants construct their own costumes and perform short skits.  She and her friends have put together costumes based on the Mass Effect video game series.  We first see them putting together the costumes which includes an animatronic lizard head and then follow them on their trip to the convention.  Their entire journey is documented as they rehearse for the competition, solve problems, perform on stage, and wait nervously to find out if they won.
The veteran of the group is Chuck, the owner of 'Mile High Comics' in Denver.  He has attended the convention for several years and is hoping that this particular trip will yield some big profits.  He has brought along a few extremely rare comics that, if sold, will get him completely out of debt.
Perhaps the most touching story involves James and his attempts to propose to his girlfriend at the convention.  He has commissioned a custom-made engagement ring and plans to pop the question during the Kevin Smith panel in Hall H.  One of the problems he faces is getting away from his girlfriend long enough to pick up the ring from one of the vendors at the convention.  His nervousness is adorable and Kevin Smith’s reaction to the proposal is one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen.
Iron Man makes his entrance at Comic-Con
in Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope
If you’ve never been to Comic-Con, this movie is a great way to experience all of the craziness in a safe environment.  If you’re a regular attendee, this is a great way to experience the awesomeness without having to find parking.  Personally, if this was the first time I saw Comic-Con without actually being at Comic-Con, I might not ever want to go.

Not that I don't enjoy Comic-Con.  I love it.  I've just never seen it from the outside looking in.  It reminds me of swimming in the middle of the ocean.  (Not that I've actually done that.  I think I saw it on TV.)  When you're neck-deep in the water you can only see so far around you and it's kind of soothing.  But pull back for a wide-shot and you realize just how far from land and civilization you are – and how much you have to swim through to get there.  Like any other major undertaking – college, military service, a visit to DisneyLand – you get through it and find that the experience was enjoyable and rewarding.  

This movie is a very good experience, though.  You definitely get an insight into the world of geek culture and understand why these people do what they do.  Whether it's making and dressing up in costumes, drawing their own comics, or creating another generation of fanboys, these are a passionate people.  There's a reason why geek culture has gained in popularity.  It's a lot of fun.

Of course, if Super Size Me turned you off from ever going to McDonald's again, then this movie might do the same for Comic-Con.  Not me.  It just made me want to go out and get some fries.

Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope premieres today in Los Angeles, in San Francisco and Portland on April 6th, and in New York, Boston and Washington, DC on April 13th.  It’s also available today on Videos on Demand.
According to it’s distributors, Wrekin Hill and the National Entertainment Collectibles Association (NECA) they “will also be using Tugg, Inc. (“Tugg”) for the upcoming release of Spurlock’s film.  Starting today, audiences from around the country can use Tugg to bring Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope to their local theater.
The distributors will be hosting a series of one-night only special screenings with Morgan Spurlock in seven cities.  These special events have been set with a threshold for attendance in anticipation of a post screening Q&A session with the director.”  Visit http://tugg.com/comicconmovie and http://tugg.com/howtuggworks for more information.
Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope, directed by Morgan Spurlock, is rated PG-13.

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1 comment:

  1. One of the things I enjoy the most about Comic-cons is seeing all those costumes and heavily-custom made suits. It is almost unbelievable how creative some people can get these days.

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