Wednesday, 3 August 2011

15 Genre Gems That You Probably Missed #4 - The Return Of Captain Invincible

THE RETURN OF CAPTAIN INVINCIBLE hails from Australian shores, but utilises the talents of the UK's ROCKY HORROR SHOW maestro Richard O'Brien for a couple of the songs.

Yes, this is a comedy musical, science fiction, superhero mash up that boasts Alan Arkin as the washed up superhero in hiding (what, you thought THE INCREDIBLES thought of that?) who is now a drunk and unable to control his powers after being declared a communist because of the colour of his cape.

When Mr Midnight (and yes that is Christopher Lee letting his hair down and proving that the shower is the best place for his singing to be kept) threatens the world (or at least its ethnic minorities) it's up to Captain Invincible to recover his abilities and save the day.

If any of this sounds vaguely familiar then you're probably thinking of the Will Smith starring HANCOCK that 'borrowed' liberally from the set up of Captain Invincible, but there is a lot of fun to be had with the frankly silly and lo-fi goings on here that are on the very edge of bad taste, but hugely entertaining with it.

Arkin is great, Christopher Lee is having a hoot and some of the songs aren't bad.

Most of the jokes are.

It's not available on DVD in the UK, but a region 1 DVD is available or you can pick up a used VHS on Ebay.