nothin’ but Netflix: Confessions of a Superhero
So it ws with more-than-average curiosity that I watched ‘Confessions of a Superhero.’
It is tempting to call these glorified panhandlers ‘sad’ and ‘pathetic,’ but I think director Matt Ogens cares a wee bit more for his subjects than to take the obvious route of holding them up for ridicule.
We witness the range of personalities, from the obsessive (Christopher ‘Superman’ Dennis, who claims to be the son of actress Sandy Dennis) to the sweet ( Jennifer ‘Wonder Woman’ Gehrt) to the dangerous (Maximus ‘Batman’ Allen), as they meander in front of the Mann’s Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, posing for pics then asking for tips.
Those who get creeped out by costumed characters will no doubt have some fears justified (I have an aunt who is still scared to death of trips to Disney with her child for fear of being approached), as many a suited personality comes across as slightly unhinged.
But others will be at turns saddened by tales of dreams dashed (sometimes you just want to hug Gerht and Joe ‘Incredible Hulk’ McQueen) or share in the excitement as some land legit gigs.
Ogens manages to capture marriage, divorce, arrests, auditions, psychiatrist visits and visits home, fleshing out his stars to be more than just freaks in capes.
If you are curious as I was, you will jump to imdb to see if any actually landed anything worthwhile after the film, but will be disheartened to find that, aside from McQueen, their resumes are heretofore empty.