On a money tip from @BenBarto I checked out Morgan Spurlock’s Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope on iTunes last night via my new Apple TV unit, and I couldn’t have been happier with what I watched. This is a documentary that anyone who classifies themselves as a geek should check out immediately. I’ve never felt more proud to call myself a geek after watching this film, which takes an inside look at the San Diego Comic-Con and all of its unique participants.
I’ve never been to this mecca for geeks, nerds, and social outcasts, but I have since moved it up on my bucket list due to the powerful, almost jingoistic emotions this film evoked in me towards my geeky brethren. If you’ve ever felt bad about yourself for still playing with toys, reading comics, or even dressing up as your favorite sci-fi/fantasy character, then you owe it to yourself to watch this Comic-Con documentary, which is full of regular fan interviews, as well as from celebs who are still proud to wear their geek flags on their sleeves.
What’s interesting about this particular Comic-Con documentary is that it follows 5 attendees who are all at the Con for various reasons. One participant is there with his girlfriend to propose to her in front of Kevin Smith, there’s a group of costume designers that made some of the greatest Mass Effect costumes of all time, there’s a comic book vendor, and finally there are two amateur comic book artists trying to break into the business. Each one of these factions have a personal story to tell that will evoke some sort of emotion from the viewer. I was particularly entertained by the costume designers who are part of the Comic-Con’s masquerade event, which is full of amazingly talented people and costumes you’d expect to see on a film set.
In addition to the 5 regular Comic-Con attendees this documentary also features interviews from some of the bigger geeks in Hollywood. Joss Whedon, Eli Roth, Kevin Smith, Stan Lee, and others give their take on why this Con has become so popular, as well as what they think it means to be a geek. I appreciated their perspectives, and most of what they were saying rang true for me as well. Not that I needed celebrities to make me feel comfortable with my passions, but it’s nice to know that there’s other people out there who have never grown up, and who continue to remain passionate about the products that they loved as kids. Yes, it’s OK to still buy toys as an adult!
Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope is a documentary that everyone should watch, not just nerds, gamers, and those fans who eat, sleep, and breathe the life of a geek. It’s the type of film that will fill you with emotion if you have any type of passion for the types of mediums that are celebrated at the San Diego Comic-Con. Following five uniquely different, but inherently the same types of fans through their Con experience is something to behold. This film has only made me more proud to be a grown up geek, as well as increased my desire to attend the Con of all Cons.
If you’ve got yourself an iTunes account, or live somewhere that is screening Comic-Con you have to check it out for the sake of your geekery. I give it an EB 10 out of 10 Buddhas! This is a film that I will buy when it’s available to do so, and one that I’ll occasionally go to when I want to feel the amazing passion that my geek brethren share for the properties that we all love. You can check out a trailer for it below, but you might as well just rent it on iTunes, because it’s well worth the $7 and 1.5 hour time investment. You’ve been needing to see what the San Diego Comic-Con is all about…
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