This patchy, uneven combination of fantasy and musical comedy is hilarious in parts and embarrassing in others, though the premise has great potential in itself -- a screwball Captain Invincible is out to save the world from his nemesis, Mr. Midnight, the white supremacist. Captain Invincible (Alan Arkin) is wallowing in his cups in the Australian ...Read MoreThis patchy, uneven combination of fantasy and musical comedy is hilarious in parts and embarrassing in others, though the premise has great potential in itself -- a screwball Captain Invincible is out to save the world from his nemesis, Mr. Midnight, the white supremacist. Captain Invincible (Alan Arkin) is wallowing in his cups in the Australian outback when he receives an unusual call from the American President asking for his help. Unusual because the Captain had no choice but to go into exile after Joseph McCarthy's Un-American Activities Committee became suspicious of his red cape, and he has never been sober enough to recover from the shock. This history is given in a mock newsreel at the beginning of the film. But now Mr. Midnight is threatening to dismember New York City by convincing all the ethnic groups to live along the seashore. Once they are situated on beachfront property, he will blast out a crack in the earth behind them, cut their connection to the mainland, and send them drifting off into the Atlantic. It seems the dastardly Midnight has stolen the ultra-secret hypno-ray and can slice off New Jersey whenever he wants. Weakened by depression and alcohol, Captain Invincible is nursed back to full throttle by Patty Patria (Kate Fitzpatrick) and is soon ready to zoom over Sydney to the far side of the globe -- after practicing in harness in front of rear-projected scenes. Meanwhile, Mr. Midnight and his sidekick are all set to defend their turf, and their ability to slice it up -- though the (American) patriotic sentimentality that prevails in the end, after several other songs have come and gone, is summarized in a rendition of "God Bless America" that conflicts with the opening scenes and may leave foreign audiences cold. Eleanor Mannikka, RoviRead Less
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TITLE: The Return Of Captain Invincible
GENRE: Scifi/Fantasy/Comedy/Song and Dance/Mystery/Anti-Drinking/Spoof
CAST: Scott Smith, Alan Arkin, Christopher Lee, Kate Fitzpatrick and Michael Pate
PLOT: We hate what we love and drive it away only to rue the day. A superhero is asked to come out of involuntary retirement to save the world from a weapon of mass nonsense, the giggle ray. The Aliens don't come and intervene, so, it's up to the Captain.
RETURN ON INVESTMENT: 9.4 of 10; Get 'em while they're available. Once people come out of the stupor this phenomenon put them in, some may want to see it again and then all the copies will be gone, leaving you... Really, the slapstick comedy isn't dead this proves it. Watch a food fight turns sour and into a pie in the face fight as Captain puts out his special utility pi, a large greek letter pi, and hits the evil deli man in the head with it. This film has Christopher Lee leading a chorus line in a Sado-masochistic dominatrix routine and later sneering out one of the most unknown funny songs ever where drink names are strung together to actually make sense. And Scott as Julius, Mr. Midnight's alien spawned side kick, 1/4 monkey, 1/4 alien/ 1/2 human, tells us to watch the scene with the aliens. He's in the back row.
DVD BONUS: Doesn't need any!
ADDED NOTES: No computers were harmed in the making of this movie. The ones you see blowing up were professional stunt computers, trained in the art of smoke and mirrors, Do not attempt what they do with your PC at home.