Tom Berenger, Beau Bridges, Louis Gossett Jr. and Fionnula Flanagan do their best in ageing superhero comedy Supervized
“Is this all we got to look foward to? Having our powers downwardly managed for our own safety until eventually we just slip into a coma and watch endless reruns of Murder, She Wrote?”
There’s possibly a good movie in the concept for Supervized. Danmanor is an old age home in the irish countryside, specifically for retired superheroes who have put their capes down. But this film isn’t it, relying far too much on a puerile sense of humour that makes fun of rather than respecting old age, hoary stereotypes being the name of the game especially once the key four characters are pressed back into action.
Tom Berenger, Beau Bridges, Louis Gossett Jr. and Fionnula Flanagan do their best to inject charm into the would-be cheekiness as their key quartet of characters – Berenger’s Ray (aka Maximum Justice), Bridge’s Ted (aka Shimmy), Gossett’s Pendle (aka Black Thunder) and Flanagan’s Madera (Moonlight) – team up to investigate some shadowy goings-on at their residence, if they can get their costumes on again that is.
Some of the gentler humour is winningly witty, Andy Briggs and John Nivens’ screenplay finding some depth when it isn’t scraping the comic barrel. But Steve Barron’s direction is a little hamstrung by needing to provide superhero special effects on a budget and not managing to be tongue-in-cheek enough to be forgiven for what is presented. One to avoid sadly.