Comic-Con: Episode IV - A Fan's Hope

2012

Comic-Con: Episode IV - A Fan's Hope

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Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope--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. One on one interviews with Comic-Con veterans who have turned their passions into professions include Stan Lee, Joss Whedon, Frank Miller, Kevin Smith, Matt Groening, Seth Rogen, Eli Roth and others are shared throughout the film along with up close and up front coverage of all the panels, parades, photos, costumes, crowds and camaraderie that make up one of the largest fan gatherings in the U.S. -- (C) Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Comic-Con: Episode IV - A Fan's Hope

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  • You don't need to collect or even care about comic books to enjoy this funny, affection valentine to nerd culture.

    May 10, 2012 | Rating: 3/4
  • A surprisingly tender look at San Diego Comic-Con...

    Apr 20, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • It's a lot to squeeze into 86 minutes, and Spurlock pulls it all together with infectious brio, making us realize that geeks are people, too, who maybe just dream harder than the rest of us.

    Apr 19, 2012 | Rating: 3/4
  • What Comic-Con requires is neither fan nor foe but an anthropologist.

    Apr 17, 2012 | Full Review…
  • "Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope" holds enormous appeal for both the geek audience and the casual viewer.

    Apr 13, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • There isn't a surprising moment, and it's an affirmation for hard-core fans and pretty much everyone else of William Shatner's immortal exhortation to Trekkies: "Get a life!"

    Apr 13, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Comic-Con: Episode IV - A Fan's Hope

  • Aug 28, 2013
    Documentary on geek culture that doesn't go too deep - which is both a good and a bad thing.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 01, 2012
    Comic-Con is like the Holy Grail for all of us geeks. I've never been, but I really would LOVE to go one year, but until then I have this. "Comic-Con:Episode IV-A fan's Hope" is a documentary following a few people on their comic con experience, and also a look at the convention itself. Many directors/actors/generally famous people talk about their experiences with "the con". Robert Kirkman has a great line saying he "once tried to follow George Romero into the bathroom"(Kirkman created Walking Dead, Romero is the godfather of zombies for all you non-geeks). Morgan Spurlock directs, and continues his streak as the best documentary filmmaker out there right now. This ranks right up there with "Super Size Me", "30 Days", and "greatest movie ever sold". He has a knack for bring you on a good emotional roller coaster. You'll feel bad for the comic book resellers who find it harder and harder to sell comic books at a comic book convention. You'll laugh, and heck you may even cry at one of the sweetest proposals ever. If your a geek, then this is an absolute must see! If your not a geek, then just stick to being lame.
    Everett J Super Reviewer
  • Jul 25, 2012
    Not a big fan of Mr. Spurlock, but this was his most digestible film. (Get it? Because his first movie was Super Size Me.) The reason for this was because Spurlock does not make a single appearance in it. That's right. He actually attempts to tell a story here and not just chronicle another zany adventure in his otherwise uninteresting life. All I desired from this movie was to be a fly on the wall for one of America's most loved conventions. Happily, that is what I got. He even follows the plight of a few aspiring artists as they prepare for the annual event. Unfortunately, the personal stories are overshadowed by a smorgasbord of B-list celebrities gushing over this sacred gathering. While I admit it is fun to see how many celebrities Spurlock cajoled into appearing in the film, it robs the film of cohesion. It is a step in the right direction for Spurlock, but one that still needs a little fine tuning.
    Reid V Super Reviewer
  • Jul 06, 2012
    A nice look at the cultural phenomenon, but I expected Spurlock to delve deeper into the subject. It was obvious that there were almost no women amongst the celebrity/veteran con attendees who were interviewed. It is interesting that the Comic-Con is hardly about comics anymore, but has been taken over by other media. This doc is best when it focuses on the stories of seven con attendees though. One young man, whose story doesn't take as long to tell, is an action figure collector. There are two comic book illustrators from different backgrounds hoping to get jobs with publishers. There is a story of geek love with a young couple, who previously met at comic-con, and the guy's effort to propose to his girlfriend there. There is an old-timer comics dealer who struggles with the fact that comic sales are way down. However, I was most intrigued by the activities of Holly, a costume designer and builder. She built a seriously cool animatronic head for her one friend's costume and showed the real talent that can emerge from this world of video game, movies and comic fans.
    Byron B Super Reviewer

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