The Return of Captain Invincible Reviews

  • Dec 16, 2019

    Very disappointing. It seems to be written straight but acted and directed as a farce.

    Very disappointing. It seems to be written straight but acted and directed as a farce.

  • Jul 17, 2013

    Maybe it takes a former alcoholic, or ex-drug addict, to truly appreciate the genius of this film. Captain Invincible was born with superhuman abilities, courtesy of an alien race, and for the first 3 decades of his life was the usual, self-confident superhero, who knows that he's fighting the good fight. Then, shortly after World War 2, a criminal genius who takes the long view began a campaign to turn the Public against the Captain. Feeling isolated and alienated Captain Invincible becomes an alcoholic, and spends the next 2 decades as a drunken bum. It is only when a global crisis forces the then President of the United States to seek him out that the story really gets cracking. Since the late 1980s we have seen comic book superheroes lose their sense of identity and moral compass, but I think that the return of Captain Invincible was the first mass market attempt to tell the story of a super-man in a mortal world in a realistic manner. Parts of it are corny, and a bit is inconsistent with other parts, but overall, it is my personal opinion that the film is a masterpiece.

    Maybe it takes a former alcoholic, or ex-drug addict, to truly appreciate the genius of this film. Captain Invincible was born with superhuman abilities, courtesy of an alien race, and for the first 3 decades of his life was the usual, self-confident superhero, who knows that he's fighting the good fight. Then, shortly after World War 2, a criminal genius who takes the long view began a campaign to turn the Public against the Captain. Feeling isolated and alienated Captain Invincible becomes an alcoholic, and spends the next 2 decades as a drunken bum. It is only when a global crisis forces the then President of the United States to seek him out that the story really gets cracking. Since the late 1980s we have seen comic book superheroes lose their sense of identity and moral compass, but I think that the return of Captain Invincible was the first mass market attempt to tell the story of a super-man in a mortal world in a realistic manner. Parts of it are corny, and a bit is inconsistent with other parts, but overall, it is my personal opinion that the film is a masterpiece.

  • Mar 31, 2013

    Good idea, choppy presentation.

    Good idea, choppy presentation.

  • Jan 22, 2013

    Not bad. The Incredibles before the Incredibles, but not nearly as funny, touching, or musically competent.

    Not bad. The Incredibles before the Incredibles, but not nearly as funny, touching, or musically competent.

  • Nov 16, 2012

    A good idea for a film that got old very quickly. Just not funny or clever, and getting through it was an endurance test. I need to watch fewer "cult" films and more "classics".

    A good idea for a film that got old very quickly. Just not funny or clever, and getting through it was an endurance test. I need to watch fewer "cult" films and more "classics".

  • Sep 13, 2011

    Everyone should see this movie. If only to hear Christopher Lee sing; "If you don't name your poison, I'll have to get the boys in".

    Everyone should see this movie. If only to hear Christopher Lee sing; "If you don't name your poison, I'll have to get the boys in".

  • Mar 02, 2011

    Before "Hancock" and "The Incredibles", we have this unusual film... It was funny, but not consistently so. And Kate Fitzpatrick was AWFUL. Still, when it was funny, it was really funny.

    Before "Hancock" and "The Incredibles", we have this unusual film... It was funny, but not consistently so. And Kate Fitzpatrick was AWFUL. Still, when it was funny, it was really funny.

  • Feb 24, 2011

    Frantically unfunny.

    Frantically unfunny.

  • Feb 05, 2011

    It's a super hero musical! Camp galore!

    It's a super hero musical! Camp galore!

  • Feb 01, 2011

    From Australian director Philippe Mora, (Mad Dog Morgan (1976), Howling III: The Marsupials (1987) and Communion (1989)), comes something that only Australian cinema could conjour up, a superhero musical!! It's bad, it's cheesy and it knows it is, that's because it was made that way, a spoof of superhero serials of old. It begins in newsreel, when Captain Invincible (Alan Arkin) is a hero of the world, and fought the Nazi's too. But, it all came crashing down, when he was accused of being a communist by the McCarthy hearings of the 1950's. In a fit of desperation, he flies away, becoming an alcoholic in Australia. 30 years later, his old arch-nemesis Mr. Midnight (Christopher Lee) re-appears, and steals a government device, the hypno ray. The U.S. President (Michael Pate) decides to bring back Captain Invincible, whom he'd met as a boy. The former superhero is found by Australian policewoman Patty Patria (Kate Fitzpatrick), and she and government scientists try to get him back to his former glory, but he's forgotten how to fly and use his superpowers. It's a gloriously camp film, and with musical numbers throughout, (some written by Richard O'Brien). You'd never get a film like this now, no-one would touch it with a bargepole, but it's so much fun, absolutely bonkers and one of cinema's best kept secrets!!

    From Australian director Philippe Mora, (Mad Dog Morgan (1976), Howling III: The Marsupials (1987) and Communion (1989)), comes something that only Australian cinema could conjour up, a superhero musical!! It's bad, it's cheesy and it knows it is, that's because it was made that way, a spoof of superhero serials of old. It begins in newsreel, when Captain Invincible (Alan Arkin) is a hero of the world, and fought the Nazi's too. But, it all came crashing down, when he was accused of being a communist by the McCarthy hearings of the 1950's. In a fit of desperation, he flies away, becoming an alcoholic in Australia. 30 years later, his old arch-nemesis Mr. Midnight (Christopher Lee) re-appears, and steals a government device, the hypno ray. The U.S. President (Michael Pate) decides to bring back Captain Invincible, whom he'd met as a boy. The former superhero is found by Australian policewoman Patty Patria (Kate Fitzpatrick), and she and government scientists try to get him back to his former glory, but he's forgotten how to fly and use his superpowers. It's a gloriously camp film, and with musical numbers throughout, (some written by Richard O'Brien). You'd never get a film like this now, no-one would touch it with a bargepole, but it's so much fun, absolutely bonkers and one of cinema's best kept secrets!!