this was much better than it had any right to be. no name director and no name actors plus a shaky cam, superhero film? a superhero film that's gritty, angsty, and realistic? except it's actually very good! incredible performances from the three leads, especially Dane DeHaan (who I except big things from). well written and well directed. it won't be remembered at the end of the year but it's definitely earned the right to become a cult favorite.
I really liked how it started out in the beginning, with the main character being bullied and abused and walked over by everyone. And his father was a total jackass. I absolutely hated him!
And then I liked how about midway in the movie, things were getting better. He made more friends, having more fun, and things really started to turn up for him. I was really happy for the three main characters for a time. Especially at the part where they were flying through the sky and having fun and all being buddies. And when he did those tricks at the talent show and became more popular. Those parts were kind of touching.
And then everything took a turn for the worst, and the main character's hate and anger started to return, and he eventually became evil. Those parts were really tense and suspenseful, especially when he got into those fights with his dad, committing those crimes, and the big final battle.
If you ask me, that's what made it better than most super hero movies: How the main character became a villain, and there was far more buildup to it, and it was more of a tragic than heroic story.
I also thought it was pretty interesting, how they used the Paranormal Activity style of having their own cameras to film the whole thing. And some of the ways they were able to fit cameras in was pretty clever.
And again, yeah. Great idea for a comic book. I'm going to have to write a fanfiction about this movie sometime. I got a few good ideas for it.
I really enjoyed this. Some cynical know-it-alls will claim that the found-footage format is a gimmick, but in cases where it's been integrated this well, it goes beyond cheap tricks and creates something memorable.