Supervized, directed by Steve Barron (Coneheads), is a new young-at-heart comedy film that imagines what it would be like if all of the world’s favorite (and not-so-favorite) superheroes lived together in a retirement home. However, when one of the heroes catches onto a conspiracy to take advantage of them, they must all team up to defeat one more supervillain unlike any you have seen before.
Even though it isn’t related to any characters from Marvel, DC, or any other comic publisher for that matter, you have to admit that Supervized has an intriguing concept for anyone who is a fan of comic books and/or comic book movies. In said films, most heroes are presented as endlessly youthful (with a few exceptions), a reboot or passing of the torch occurring when an actor becomes too old to play the part. As such, getting to see superheroes when they’re old would provide for plenty of fun hijinks, right?
In another case, maybe this movie would have worked better, but unfortunately, this great idea is wasted on a script that is formulaic and only mildly unfunny. There are a few laughs to be had here and there — when the characters are finally let loose and given room to play around, the film becomes significantly more enjoyable — but a majority of the comedy is one-note. You can only hear the same fart joke or senior citizen moment gag a few times before it starts to feel… well, old.
The movie has something to say about how society treats our elderly, and attempts to use this superheroic premise as an allegory in that regard, but this message is ultimately buried beneath the layers of immaturity in the humor. Good intentions only go so far, and while the script is harmless entertainment, you can’t help but feel that it could have been something more.
That said, the characters in the film are somewhat interesting. Granted, they all fit very clear archetypes, as both their real identities and their comic book alter egos, but the movie does a good job of creating its own superhero team that is fun and wacky. If not for this likable team-up, the film wouldn’t have worked nearly as well.
The actors all do a solid job in their roles, which is somewhat surprising. They seem like they are legitimately enjoying being in this movie rather than taking the role for a paycheck. The two leads of the film, Tom Berenger and Beau Bridges, have great chemistry together and lead the show quite well. Bridges is particularly impressive as the sidekick who wants to make a bigger splash.
Additionally, the movie is surprisingly decent on a technical level. Apart from a handful of CGI shots that aren’t great, the film looks pretty solid. The production design, for example, is good and does a nice job of building the world. The costumes are a tad more generic than you would hope, but the above average set design compensates for this.
Supervized has an amazing premise, but in execution, it isn’t so super. Nevertheless, the film is diverting enough and has a good enough cast to make it worth watching for a relatively mindless, (mostly) innocuous hour and a half.
Supervized hits theaters and VOD on July 19.