There is no greater mystery in cinema than Mystery Men. Why did it suck? Why was it boring? What did they do wrong?
Allow me to begin by mentioning that the person who directed this film made the not very award winning Taco Bell commercials with the rat feces sculpture of a chihuahua. I mention it, but I don’t necessarily think that bad direction is the problem with this film.
Based on a Dark Horse comic book by the creator of Flaming Carrot, the movie focuses on a motley group of “wanna be” superheros. The cast is stellar, featuring Ben Stiller, William H. Macy, Geoffrey Rush, Greg Kinnear, Tom Waits, Paul Rubens, Claire Folani, Hank Azaria, Janeane Garolfolo, Eddie Izzard, Kel Mitchell and Riki Rachtman to name a few.
The script is pretty funny, probably not as funny as the comic, but very funny. The lines are well delivered and the gags are well executed. The budget was appropriately large, and while things sometimes looked off or “cheesy” it was all solid.
So while the pacing may be a bit off, the jokes may be a tad tired and the costumes may be a bit dramatic, there’s no reason that I can see that would cause this movie to be as unwatchable as it is. WTHF?