With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story
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Less savory topics like his falling out with Jack Kirby (and other former Marvel staff), and some of his failed business ventures post-Marvel, are broadly discussed, but are quickly dispatched before moving onto another approving look at Stan's life.
Squeezed between all the ticker-tape and revelry, the movie does capture a conversation in which Stan and his wife discuss the death of one of their children that took place several decades ago. It's a quiet, understated scene and is memorable for being a tough, but genuinely sincere moment in an otherwise fluffy bio-doc.
Good for what it is, this is a fine flick for any fan of Stan Lee or someone with interest in learning general facts about one slice of comic-book history.
I don't have more to say - other than what my rating says - 'it was okay'.
Technically, the directors put a lot of work into this. There's a lot of motion graphics used to explain the history of Stan Lee, but some of the graphics and videos are obviously just low quality jpgs and mpegs and look terrible. Also much of the graphics and video are distorted and shown at the incorrect aspect ratio, which makes this production look very TACKY. The directors had access to a lot of great old interview footage, but it's hardly ever used, and it's not used in the Bonus Features. The Bonus Features are JUNK and totally disappointing! I had hoped we'd get to see more of Roy Thomas, Gene Colan, and John Romita talking about their memories of Marvel, but instead we get more crap. We get a useless bonus feature about "The Sound of Cinema" ?? (Why is this here ???) The makers of this video had posted some great interviews with Gene Colan and others on Youtube, but those videos are missing from the final DVD....I hope that the directors go back and re-do this DVD and make it BETTER!Read more ›
While I would have liked to have seen more video clips of his past interviews (he once appeared on The Mike Douglas Show wearing a Captain America costume without the skull cap because the wings fell off before he appeared on-camera and he didn't want to misrepresent the character), I enjoyed this look into The Man Behind The Myth and I look forward to the release of the DVD so that I can see if there are any special features that couldn't fit into the film proper.
Told entirely by Stan himself, in mostly modern interviews and some footage from older appearances, this really covers all bases I wanted to know about him. I have read two forgettable biographies, and saw one other documentary about him - and they were all lousy. Maybe that's just me but this documentary is the one to see, the only one.
With great power, as Stan learned early, comes great responsibility. Even in documentaries, perhaps most especially in documentaries. There are important appearances/commentaries here from luminaries such as Nicholas Cage (who calls Stan "a father figure") and Patrick Stewart (who, like me, thinks Stan is greater than Shakespeare).
I have this rotten feeling I was cheated by the version I watched, because there are lots of credited no-shows, like one of my favorite actors, Thomas Hayden Church and one of my favorite directors, Roger Corman. Can't imagine where these boys got off to - and Nicholas Cage isn't much of an addition to the facts presented here: he gets about a minute of face time and part of that is a filmed spontaneous encounter he has with Stan someplace.
More than compensationary are the moments such as Stan sneaking up on Robert Downey who is attending to some adoring fans - he turns, sees Stan and says, "I'm too famous for YOU!"
To which Stan loudly yet sweetly says, "You're damn right you are!!!" as he gives Downey a big hug that is fiercely returned. But that's not why I love this documentary.Read more ›
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It was requested by my 12 yr old grandson and he watched it immediately. He enjoyed it.Published 5 months ago by Jean Ruff
A very insightful and touching documentary about Stan the Man Lee. Every comic book man should buy this film in my opinion.Published 6 months ago by Alexander Auces
Aside from the fact that this video is supposed to be about Stan Lee, does he ever tire in talking about himself? Geez. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Holly
A Marvel of a Doc! The best documentary ever made about this comic book legend. It serves as a biography of Stan Lee and a history of Marvel Comics simultaneously. Read morePublished 12 months ago by H. HART
I enjoyed this Biography of one of the Greatest Story Teller in Comic History. With Great Power comes great story telling one that keep my nights interest when I always didn't get... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Raymond Thomas