7.5 out of 10
Release Date: 15th October 2015
Director: Jon Drever
Cast: Brett Goldstein, Catherine Tate, Natalia Tena, Laura Haddock, Ricky Grover, Christian Contreras with Ruth Sheen and David Harewood
Writer: Brett Goldstein & William Bridges
Based on a really, really potent short-story, SuperBob the feature stretches the idea of a Peckham postman who gains superhuman powers when hit by a meteor to 90 minutes with a good degree of success. Brett Goldstein (ADULT LIFE SKILLS) is perfectly cast as the mild mannered postie, and we get to follow him on his day off (Tuesday) as he goes on a first date with an American librarian (LAURA HADDOCK – GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY) and fields calls from his angsty handler at the MoD (CATHERINE TATE – BIG TRAIN). Another woman in his life is his bolshey cleaner, (NATALIA TENA – YOU INSTEAD) who keeps him down-to-earth.
The storyline doesn’t pit him against an Earth-threatening nemesis, its pits him against PR and a paranoid American government who are twitchy about the UK owning a ‘super-weapon’… Its also about how he’s controlled by his government inspite being the strongest man on Earth. It’s also a romantic comedy and a very good one too. It has some cringy ‘David Brent’ style moments that mostly work but occasionally don’t. Sight gags are thin on the ground but the writers and producers have opted for something a little different.
By the end you’ll love the main character and the eventual outcome of the story. It’s a low-budget success that tries something new and succeeds. That it struggles to recapture the vital humanity and personality of the original short film is a shame. The first film conveyed a lot of the same messages as the feature but even though SuperBob isn’t as genius as it’s progenitor it’s still one of the most enjoyable films of 2016.
There’s a very good scene when he’s setting a date to meet his new girlfriend and gets flustered at how to end the call. But I won’t throw in any spoilers because the whole film is littered with great small moments (no big ones). And that’s why it’s a success. SuperBob tickles rather than forces you to laugh and in the end it truly understands how the public would react to SuperHero and that’s with an arched eyebrow.
7.5 out of 10 – Enjoy this small comedy about the joys of being a British superhero, it may have the potential to be your favourite film that nobody’s ever heard of before.
Review by Matt ‘SuperDiv’ Usher below
WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?
- Brett Goldstein: Adult Life Skills, Howl (2015), Everyone’s Going To Die, #Legacy, Hoff The Record (TV), The Hooligan Factory, The Comedian, The Knot
- Catherine Tate: Nativity 3, The Office (TV), Monte Carlo, Gulliver’s Travels, Dr Who (TV), The Catherine Tate Show (TV), Mrs Ratcliffe’s Revolution, Scenes of a Sexual Nature, Starter For Ten, Sixty Six, Big Train (TV), The Harry Hill Show (TV)
- Natalia Tena: Residue, Ambassadors (TV), Game Of Thrones (TV), You Instead, Clone, Harry Potter part 4,6,7 & 8, About a Boy
- Laura Haddock: Guardians of the Galaxy, Upstairs Downstairs (TV), Storage 24, The Inbetweeners Movie
- Ricky Grover: Essex Boys – The Truth (narrator), Eastenders (TV), Big Fat Gypsy Gangster, Huge, Tony, Dead Cert, Love Honour & Obey
- Christian Contereras: Adult Life Skills, Wrong Turn 3
- Ruth Sheen: A Street Cat Named Bob, A Royal Night Out, Mr Turner, Welcome To The Punch, Another Year, Heartless, Hush Your Mouth, All Or Nothing, Vera Drake, The Young Poisoner’s Handbook, High Hopes
- David Harewood: Tulip Fever, Spooks – The Greater Good, Third Person, Homeland (TV), The Hot Potato, The Man Inside (2012), Victim, Blood Diamond, The Hawk, Mad Dogs and Englishmen