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The Ballad of Captain Vengence

Australia 2020
produced by
Taymaynari Productions, Crazy Moo
directed by Bennie Wragg
starring Victoria Reed, Bennie Wragg, Sam Browne, Mark Sadka, Milo, Ray Austin, Jennifer Silalahi, Dick Jones, Lauren Huggard
written by Bennie Wragg, music by Dylan McFarland

short

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Luna (Victoria Reed), a woman consumed by comicbooks and graphic novels, desparately wants to become a superhero - but try as she might, there's really nothing super about her, despite her knowing all the right moves, she can't shoot energy beams from the palms of her hands, she won't take off in flight whenever she wills herself to, and when she leaps off a building in an effort to just take off into the skies, it only leads to a broken arm instead. Then though she learns that many superheroes are orphans ...

 

A fun little movie that plays an original riff on the superhero genre by really just asking "what if you're not super", with the story being to what length one goes to not accept that.  But it goes to this short's credit that this is not told in an over-the-top no-holds-barred comedy way but actually shows heart and sympathy for its lead, whose admittedly humourous attempts at superheroing also show some sincerity - up to the finale of course, which comes across as a really deserving punchline. And thanks to just the right subtlety in both the direction and the performances, this turns out to be a pretty amusing film.

 

And if this has at all gotten you interested, you might want to watch the movie in full here: https://youtu.be/LmmkFXIoA4k

 

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