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Director Kinka Usher
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Reviewed by ZachsMind on September 2nd, 2006
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Kinka Usher tends to describe what's going on the screen. I think he believes he's conveying the subtext, but it's not like Mystery Men is THAT deep of a film. The alleged subtext is pretty shallow so Usher wastes a great opportunity by R. Kelly-ing the film. In case you can't tell what you're viewing, he says "here's a shot.." and then describes what you see. He could talk more about what was happening behind the scenes, rather than just parroting what's on the screen.
Also, saying things like he was going for a comic book look when filming Mystery Men - not a surprising revelation. Just in case you didn't know, each and every actor on this film was great and/or fun to work with. Usher tells us this as each actor appears on the screen. Just in case you were wondering.
The strengths of Usher's commentary are when he underlines the moments where a given actor improvizes, or he describes to us where the idea for a given character choice comes from. However, these moments are few and far between.
Reviewed by Hungry Baz on September 17th, 2013
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There are too many pauses and he has a habit of saying "I thought this joke was really funny" for EVERY SINGLE JOKE!
I did learn a few interesting things like Cassanova Frankenstein's fingernails were Claire Forlani's idea, what lines were improvised and ad-libbed by the actors, Janeane Garofalo's reaction to a corpse's hand falling off was her actual reaction, Kel Mitchell was terrified of doing his nude scene and the shot of The Spleen farting farting fire in the junkyard wasn't meant to happen. Someone threw a cigarette lighter in the bin and didn't know it was a prop.
Other than that, this commentary is a bore.
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