“I consider Comic-Con, the annual San Diego geek festival, an insidious and reductive force in pop culture,” writes Marshall Fine. “[And] I am aggressively opposed to the mentality that has turned Comic-Con into the force that seems to guide Hollywood. But I had a super time watching ‘s Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope.”
“I came out vastly entertained, admiring all over again the intelligence and humanity with which Spurlock imbues each of his films. He’s a filmmaker who always has a unique angle, a different take, a sense of compassion and wit — all of which make Comic-Con” an insightful and just plain surprising documentary.
“It’s not that Spurlock isn’t out to show the massive weirdness and frothing fanboy gush that Comic-Con is. He does — in spades. But he also wants to show the diversity and dedication of the [faithful].
“The only thing missing is the downside…[the fact that ComicCon] has polluted the movie industry, turning the studios into factories manufacturing mindless comic-book, action and horror movies in pursuit of a narrow demographic. The studios’ slavish attention to the Comic-Con audience has caused any number of misfires, movies that killed at Comic-Con and died in the marketplace.”