The Specials not so special
So for whatever reason, I decided to finally see The Specials
. I kinda knew what to expect: low budget, played for yuks, b-list talent… but I thought it would be a little more than what it was – just a bunch of folks with “super powers” talking at one another, dealing with issues and coming together as a group. I didn’t expect to see the team take on giant monkeys, but I was hoping that their powers would play a bigger role in the comedy.
And unfortunately, the comedy is scattershot. I’m not a huge Jamie Kennedy fan, but I liked his character, the Nightcrawler-esque AMOK, who is basically a horny little fuckwad. He had some funny lines, compared to U.S. Bill, who is basically a strong guy who’s dumb and runs around saying things like, “I like clouds.” Yawn… And there’s Power GIrl or something, who is this actress that you’ll instantly recognize. I think she was on IN LIVING COLOR, and she’s not bad, she’s just not very good or compelling so you want her to kind of wink out of existence.
Thomas Haden Church is our lead, as The Strobe, and actually, he was kinda interesting to watch – but he’s a little too deadpan for me… and I also think it looks like his face melting. Rob Lowe as Rob Lowe, I mean, The Weevil, was interesting but eh… it just felt half-baked all around, which is too bad because I dug the concept.
There are a few things I did like about the flick:
— Jordan Ladd, who played Nightbird, was kinda cute.
— Paget Brewster, who played Ms. Indestructible, was kinda cute (and nekkid from the back).
— I have a thing for Judy Greer ever since I saw her wild side in ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT
Otherwise, this is a fairly forgettable film. Interesting to see DAWN OF THE DEAD director James Gunn and his brother associated with this. He should stick to horror, as both this and SLITHER kinda falter in the comic delivery.
WHAT YOU SHOULD SEE INSTEAD: Mammoth. Or at least, this review of Mammoth, which is brilliant. Be sure to watch the Tom Skeritt clip.