Comic Book: The Movie
The Movie: Comic Book: The Movie is an attempted "mockumentary" in the manner of This Is Spinal Tap and Best in Show. What it shoulda been was something more along the lines of an honest, unflattering, and entertaining examination of the comic-book subculture, the way Trekkies examined the Star Trek fan phenomenon. But apparently star/director/producer Mark Hamill, who makes a nice living these days doing voices for animated TV shows and movies, is a wee bit too close to the whole comic-book scene, decided the people who make and consume comic books aren't interesting enough on their own, and instead forces us to endure the mind-numbingly uninteresting and ploddingly executed conceit involving comic-book store owner/documentary filmmaker Donald Swan's (Hamill) attempts to protect the memory of Commander Courage, a WWII-era superhero character being updated for the post-Sept. 11 comic-book movie world. Dreary, interminable, unengaging scenes featuring several of the film's producers (also working voice actors) and numerous cameos by comic-book creators were filmed at the annual real-life San Diego Comic-Con comics convention and lead one to appreciate all the more the genuine improv talent demonstrated in films like Best in Show and Waiting for Guffman. And everybody knows comic books are better than movies, because at least if Comic Book: The Movie was a comic book we could wipe our ass with it.
The Discs: The Comic Book: The Movie DVD package is a two-disc crapfest. An audio commentary with Mark Hamill and cast, biographies of the cast and crew, and a "making of" featurette. And as goddamned bloody awful as the 107-minute-of-hell feature is, they managed to delete scenes out of it, so get ready for Hamill's humorless-yet-extended mockuviews of comic-book legend Stan Lee, comic-book writer and major motion picture director Kevin Smith, and stroke-mag publisher and comics afficionado Hugh Hefner. An even more incredibly boring panel discussion from the San Diego Comic-Con is included, demonstrating the limits of the talents of many of the cast members of Comic Book: The Movie, and the apparent limitlessness of their ability to congratulate each other on their many successes.