TVIFF: THE AMAZING MR. EXCELLENT
USA, 2010, 89 min
Writer/Producer/Director: Steve Wilson Briggs
Co-Director: Tony Iwane
Cast: Joseph Eastlack, David Jones, Sandra Young, Kate Tran, Brian Levy, Veronica Combs and Roque Guiterrez
A suburban family man is zapped unconscious by his toaster and awakes believing he has a divine calling to be a superhero. Finding no crime in his suburb, without superpowers, armed only with a whistle, he dons his mask and cape and sets out to fight crime in the ghetto.
I wasn’t going to see The Amazing Mr. Excellent. While the premise alone made it sound like one of the most interesting films being offered up at the fest, it suffered by being shown Saturday at 1pm. The time when 3 other films I wanted to see were also being shown. I had initially decided to see a con man movie instead. However, upon arrival, I was approached by the film’s director, who was outside promoting his movie. When he told me he had made the film (with his co-director) for 50 thousand borrowed dollars and written all 16 tracks of music for the film himself, I had to give the film a look. After all, this is what TVIFF is all about.
The film, it turns out, was pretty darn good. It certainly had the audiences attention and roars of laughter were illicited often. Being a comic book nerd, I couldn’t help but have a soft spot for it and the play it was making on the genre. I mean, who can’t love a superhero who wears a homemade Halloween costume and who’s only powers are infinite bravery and a glorified rape whistle?
Being a 50k film, it does suffer a bit from it’s limitations. The quality is comparable to a late night Skinemax film. This is not a slight of the quality of the film. Just a way of giving you an idea of what the film will look like. There were also a few moments where the audio was slightly inaudible. Though, I remember the same thing happening in Clerks and I love that movie just fine. Ultimately, great idea… decent acting… solid filmmaking on a budget. If the film can get distribution, I would definitely say: RENT IT!!!
SIDENOTE: The filmmakers contacted me after reading this review and informed me that the version of the film I saw was their earlier submission to the fest and was not the version that was supposed to screened. They also said the film has had audio and color correction and the film is now up to movie quality! If I can see a newer version and address the changes, I will! ALSO, it is a good film so check it out either way!!!
I could easily see this film finding a cult following and it’s poster gracing dorm walls across the country!
You can visit this film’s website by CLICKING HERE!!!