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Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope

2012

TV-PG CC
4.2 out of 5 stars (49) IMDb 7.1/10

A film by Morgan Spurlock explores this amazing cultural phenomenon by following the lives of five attendees as they descend upon the ultimate geek mecca at San Diego Comic-Con 2010.

Starring:
Seth Rogen, Kenneth Branagh
Runtime:
1 hour, 26 minutes

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Genres Documentary
Director Morgan Spurlock
Starring Seth Rogen, Kenneth Branagh
Supporting actors Corey Feldman, Stan Lee, Kevin Smith, Joss Whedon, Guillermo del Toro, Seth Green, Eli Roth, Thomas Jane, Edgar Wright, Paul Scheer, Frank Miller, Adrianne Curry, Matt Groening, Holly Conrad, Alicia Arden, Joe Quesada, Paul Dini, Jon Schnepp
Studio Gravitas Ventures LLC
MPAA rating TV-PG
Captions and subtitles English Details
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The great thing about Morgan Spurlock's latest documentary, Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope, is that you don't have to be some comic book fanboy with stacks of funnybooks up to your eyeballs(like yours truly) to get it. Spurlock, the innovative and fun loving documentary film maker behind investigative pieces like Super Size Me and The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, isn't trying to expose much of anything here. He just seems content to revel in the geeky pop culture goodness, and that's why this is undoubtedly his most fulfilling film to date.

That's not to say this is Spurlock's most insightful work, because clearly it isn't. At it's core, this is a celebration of all that the San Diego Comic-Con stands as now, and that is the holy Mecca for lovers of...well, anything pop culture related. Comic books, anime, role playing, you name it and it's there. But the event has also come to be a place of opportunity for many others, and besides highlighting the adults who walk around dressed up like Darth Maul or Sailor Moon, the main focus is on a handful of people who are relying on Comic-Con to change their lives.

There's the two wannabe comic books artists looking to impress an editor and hopefully get a job at a major publishing company. The harsh reality of the comic book industry is that maybe 1% of all art submissions gets approved and lead to careers, and Spurlock, who usually takes a tongue in cheek approach to even the most serious subjects, doesn't flinch away from the truth. The film also shows us a young, nerdy(we nerds can call one another that) couple attending the event, with the guy planning to pop the big question at a Kevin Smith Q&A.
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Comic-Con Episode IV is the most beautiful movie about fanboy culture I've ever come across. Morgan Spurlock has crafted this look into San Diego Comic-Con without the cynicism or sneering most movies about comic book fans/cosplayers/D&D fans/etcetera tend to come with.

The movie follows a few people and a few groups, detailing what makes Comic-Con special to them. Some people are there for their careers, some people are there to get rich, some people are there to get rare items for their collection, while some are there just for the love of the art. All valid reasons, and all beautifully touched upon. Expect some celebrity cameos, too, explaining why they too love Comic-Con.

One part of the movie they briefly touched on, but would have liked to have seen expanded, is how Comic-Con is less about Comics and more about fanboy culture in general now. That expansion has brought many more people in to the show, while leaving others alienated.

I wish I could own this movie, but for now I'll settle for a rental. Thank you, Morgan Spurlock, for making everyone else understand the beauty of Comic-Con.
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I thought this film was well-made, using an interview format to tell the real story about Comicon. I actually went to the 2010 show that Spurlock used to document SDCC and I was surprised to see myself in the photo pit with others shooting the Mass Effect cosplayers. Maybe I should get a residual.

The film follows some fans and their stories, what their goals are for the con and a nice wrap-up with what they actually achieved. I especially liked James and his girlfriend as he prepared to propose marriage to her at the Kevin Smith panel. Very funny, especially when she makes the remark "I hope James doesn't ask any stupid questions." Indeed.

The clips from fans and actors was cool as well. The Kevin Smith F-bombs at the end though, I could have done without.

I've been following Mile High Comics outspoken owner Chuck Rozanski for some time, since he used to write for the now defunct Comic Buyers' Guide. His insight into the comics business and getting in a free plug for Mile High was a smart business move getting it all on film. Chuck is not totally correct that San Diego is not focused on comics.

They are right though that comics have fallen to a secondary status with the A-List stars and Hollywood's impact on the show.

To have to show dial down a bit to two shows has been proposed, aka Anaheim and San Diego. Another alternative was for the Hollywood end to go to Los Angeles.

Film is recommended and very cheap on Amazon Instant Video, only 99 cents to rent!
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This is fun even if you aren't a comic book fan. Tells the tale of those who go to the event every year for various reasons and what happens in each of their journeys. The downside to the comic-related explosion to the mainstream movie world is that some of the quaint parts of it are gone and the old timers who go tell that side of the story. It's true with anything I guess once big business and hollywood get a hold of anything. Minus the new Avengers movie - although some would argue with that too. Oh yeah and Kevin Smith is in it. Love that!
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This is one of those geek movies that's a staple of my collection. It's really timeless as well as taking a fun snapshot of one year of Comic Con. My wife and I watch it regularly and it really never gets old.
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