Incredibly silly comedy from director Fukuda Yuichi about a high school boy (Suzuki Ryohei) who inherits the twisted perversions of his parents (a masochistic cop and sadistic dominatrix respectively). When he puts a pair of girls panties over his face he gains super-human powers, which come in handy when the school is invaded by gang members and the girl of his dreams (Shimizu Fumika) is attacked by an even more perverted super villain. There’s a lot of fun to be had throughout, but at 90 minutes long it takes a generous degree of goodwill from the audience for this one-joke movie to not outstay its welcome. Fortunately things pick up again towards the end and the film never attempts to take itself seriously.
Toymaker LEGO has been steadily expanding beyond the simple bricks many of us remember from our childhoods. These days the sets are dazzling, in their detail and range and represent many imaginary universes, rooted in popular films, stories and also worlds LEGO themselves have created.
To support this, LEGO moved some time ago in video games and also into making films. Often these are short features, run on the web or as part of TV programming, but increasingly stretching out to (shorter) feature length as well. LEGO Batman is an example of this, drawing on most of the Justice League characters and placing them in a very LEGO-looking animated Gotham City.
While this film is simple fun, aimed at younger audiences, it is also a very entertaining ride for older fans as well. The relationship between Batman and Superman is played for a lot of good humoured laughs and the whole thing, harks back to a campier less “dark” era of comic book adaptation. Surprisingly entertaining.
As much as anything I selected this title purely for some brainless, Sunday afternoon fun. I understand that it basically lifts its storyline from a recent computer game – Lex Luthor and The Joker team up to wreak havoc on Gotham City with the aid of a huge gun powered by kryptonite. Batman reluctantly joins forces with Superman in order to restore the balance, and along the way many of Batman’s rogues’ gallery of enemies make an appearance, as do a good number of the Justice League.
The animation style plays heavily into the LEGO aesthetic, which gives everything an undeniably cute appearance. Many elements, from the Batmobile to Danny Elfman’s score hark back to the Tim Burton era, while Joker looks most like Caesar Romero from the 60s TV series. The biggest surprise, however, came from the script. The plot itself is incredibly simple and designed solely to cue up a series of game-style challenges and confrontations, but the dialogue is surprisingly smart and witty, with a couple of genuine laugh-out-loud gags.
Hardly an indispensable addition, this is nevertheless an entertaining little discovery that will appeal to far more than just DC Comics completists or fans of brightly coloured Danish bricks.
Iron Man 3 sees Robert Downey Jr reunited with the director of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang in thoughtful, if somewhat loosely put together action hit. There are some great moments, lots of laughs and plenty to keep die hard fans of the Avengers’ series talking and debating for some time to come. Despite some problems with the plot development, I’m inclined to think this is the best of the Iron Man series and may well prove to be critical to the larger story arc of the Avengers franchise.