Tales From Netflix are DVD reviews, where I tell you if a DVD is worth putting in your Netflix rental queue, moving it to the top, burying it at the bottom, or not even bothering in the first place.
The latest Marvel Comic turned film?
No, not Elektra.
No, not Fantastic Four.
Man-Thing not only skipped the theatres, it also skipped DVD and released straight to the SCI-FI channel. Kind of makes you scared to watch it...
But it was recently released on DVD, and you know what? It wasn't all that bad.
The story starts off well enough, and the characters could all be considered stereotypical, or goofy, but the cast make them work (except for the fact that they have what seem to be weird ever changing accents, from bad southern at times, to nothing, to Australian). Even the special effects are okay (well, they aren't totally laughable). Where the movie really falls apart is the plot, it doesn't really have much to it. By mid point of the movie you stop having much fun, and that's before you even see Man-Thing, I suspect that was supposed to save the finish, but it didn't.
All that said, I still liked the movie over all. I'm really not sure why, that's a head scratcher, but I can't write it off as a complete waste.
Go ahead and put MAN-THING towards the bottom of your queue.