I wanted a funny film to distract me from the flu but not too funny as I currently start coughing when I laugh. ‘Mystery Men’ was on the iffy shelf and I didn’t remember it being that funny so it seemed a good film to watch.
It wasn’t funny, it was just weird. Three sort of superheroes step up to save the day when the stereotypical (and successful) superhero goes missing. There are lots of attempts at jokes that fall flat, there are fantastical costumes and gadgets that also under-deliver and there is a vague sense of “is this it?” pervading the film.
Two hours is a long running time for a comedy and it should have been edited down to keep it sharper – but that would imply there was a script and it didn’t feel like there was one – at all.
‘Mystery Men’ wasn’t smart enough to be self-knowing and it wasn’t funny in its own right, following the Sony leak there was amusement over the budget of the ‘The Interview’ which apparently featured £241 on a “table of weed, coke, pills and panties” and I think the budget for ‘Mystery Men’ probably featured similar expenses as I can’t explain how they spent $68 million otherwise.
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