Is “Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope” a Quirky Documentary? Or Just Quirky? Or Maybe Not Even That Quirky?

PG-13 for superhero worshippers, $400 action figures, grown men and women with strong opinions about Wookies

Release Date: April 6, 2012


Don’t get me wrong, it looks like fun. But I’m not sure if Comic-Con Episode IV qualifies for membership in the growing genre of “documentaries about quirky subcultures.”

First of all, I’m not convinced it’s a documentary. Morgan Spurlock fancies himself the trickster god of documentary filmmaking, but his breakthrough came when he attempted to bring down McDonald’s by… filming himself getting fat. Not exactly a high watermark for journalism. (This stands in contrast to the restrained sensibility of Spurlock’s colleague Michael Moore, who waited to film himself until after he got fat.) The fact that Spurlock receives a “writer” credit on this film does not bode well for its accuracy. I’m not sure it even aspires to be accurate.

And second, when your convention attracts more visitors than could fit in the Rose Bowl, that ain’t no subculture. That’s mainstream. You want a quirky subculture? Try King of Kong (about the world of the Donkey Kong arcade game), or Word Wars (tournament Scrabble), or my favorite, Twisted (balloon sculpture). But don’t name-drop Klingons and expect me to chuckle at this obscure community you’ve unearthed. Been there, done that.

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