For April 29th- Black Lightning

Not to be racist or anything, but I probably ought to choose movies with more discretion in the future, as I keep accidentally picking international movies.  It is hard to multitask while having to read subtitles.

It looks like the Russians are better at copying American genre movies than the French, because this film shares a lot with the typical American teen hero movie.  There are an especially startling amount of parallels with the Spider-Man franchise.  These include a comically rich and evil villain who is acquainted with the hero’s alter-ego, a loss of innocence through the loss of a loved one, and competing for the love of a “girl next door”.

Story/Writing: 1.5/2

Falls into the normal plot of a kid who suddenly gets “superpowers” of a kind, and decides to use them for good.

Acting: 2/2

Really good all around set of performances.  Some of the roles are stereotypical, but the actors each provide good flair to their roles.

Photography/Set: 1.5/2

Cool sets that place Moscow as the New York of Russia, an old city that is still able to maintain its modernity.  There was something awry about the shooting style, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on it.

Sound/FX: 2/2

Surprisingly good computer animation for the car itself.  It really helped to bridge the gap between the reality and the fantasy.

Misc: 1.5/2

Quite an entry into the world of off-color superhero movies.

VERDICT: 8.5/10

A must-see for any fan of the genre.

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