Comic-Con: Episode IV – A Fan’s Hope: Review

Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope is a film by Morgan Spurlock exploring the amazing cultural phenomenon known as “Comic Con.” Specifically the San Diego comic con in 2010 which is the Superbowl of all comic cons.  In this film Spurlock follows around five different attendees of said comic con and lets you live through their experiences at the con but doesn’t really present it in a totally objectionable way.  You follow the lives of these five attendees as they descend upon the ultimate geek mecca while also mixing in one on one interviews with Comic-Con veterans who have turned their passions into professions include Stan Lee, Joss Whedon, Frank Miller, Kevin Smith, Matt Groening, Seth Rogen, Eli Roth, etc.

The most disappointing part of this film was it is merely an observation of Comic Con and not a deconstruction of the event.  Spurlock does not appear on camera nor does he narrate which is good, but he doesn’t really form an opinion on the event other than it’s super cool if you like pop culture, comic books and sci-fi.  We the audience just merely watch it unfold along with him.  The people he follows are fairly uninteresting, aspiring artists, comic book peddlers, costume designers, and a nerdy couple who one of them plans to propose to his other half during a Q and A if only he can get the whole thing set up with her not knowing because of how uncomfortably clingy she is.

The celebrities, personalities and comic creators who do quick interviews about the con and the people who inhabit it are some of the most interesting parts of the film, all be it really having to give the con and it’s people praise because this is the hand that feeds them.  It is also enjoyable when following the aspiring costume creators who compete in a quasi-fashion show dressed impressively as characters from the game Mass Effect…and this was enjoyable to me, because well I’m a huge nerd.

When this movie is played at nausea on G4 before next years con (assumed) watch it then, there’s not really enough points of interest going on in this flick to have you dole out money to sit in a theater and see this flick.  We get it: Fans love it, and it’s a fun place to geek out en masse, that’s really it.  The film attempts to dip it’s toe into the subject that commercially comic con has been tainted by corporations peddling movies and tv shows rather than the fan fare that most (some) people are actually there for.  This is what I wanted to Spurlock to really sink his teeth into but he balks, because this is the hand that feeds him.

Some funny and interesting moments in this tribute to geek culture and their one year celebration, and if that’s your thing then you will enjoy but not love this flick.

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~ by ATOM on April 22, 2012.

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