Julien Neaves, Editor
Plot: A down-on-his-luck screenwriter discovers the ability to bring items from his dreams into the real world and uses this power to become filthy rich. But his dream turns into a nightmare when he is faced with sinister forces both from the dream world and the real one.
Review: I am wondering if something was lost in translation because the title Super Me does not do the film justice. It sounds like the main character acquired super powers and used it to become a super hero. Sure, lovable loser Sang Yu (Talu Wang) acquires the abovementioned special ability and he does help a couple of characters, but he never becomes a super hero or anything close to it. Probably something like Dark Dreams or Dream World would have been more appropriate. #justsaying
Title aside, I had a great time with Super Me. Sang makes for a likeable protagonist, even when he starts douche-y dancing in the street like Peter Parker in Spider-Man 3. The comedy is well-done both with Sang as a broke, unkempt writer running from his landlord and as an obscenely rich, suave man-about-town who gifts his girlfriend a luxury car. The visuals are another highlight, including the mysterious, shadowy, and murderous creatures he encounters while in the dream world, and the aesthetics of this fantastical realm as well.
The film spends a lot of time showing Sang enjoying the life and wooing his crush with his newfound wealth. Thankfully he never lets his wealth corrupt his morality and remains a thoughtful and caring young man. Talu Wang and the rest of the cast all do very solid work here.
I’m going into MILD SPOILERS here (so reader beware) but I thought the set-up was going to be the usual “If you die in your dream, you die in reality.” But that is quickly shown to not be the case. That did remove about 90 per cent of the tension from the dream sequences though, so while they looked cool, having the protagonist in actual danger would have increased the audience investment.
And all dreams must come to an end and Sang’s turns quickly into a horrific nightmare. The film gets real dark and real violent in the third act, and I think it may leave some people a bit jarred. The tonal shift probably could have been built up to better, but it’s not a major issue. And I will say the ending may start off derivative but there is a sting in the tail that takes it slightly above the expected.
So Super Me gets a thumbs up from me. Check it out and see what dreams may come.
Editor Jules’s Score: 7.5 out of 10
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Julien “Editor Jules” Neaves is a TARDIS-flying, Force-using Trekkie whose bedroom stories were by Freddy Krueger, learned to be a superhero from Marvel, but dreams of being Batman. I love promoting Caribbean film (Cariwood), creating board games and I am an aspiring author. I say things like “12 flavours of awesome sauce”. Read more.