Helen Keller Vs Nightwolves (2015) **1/2
D: Ross Patterson
C: Jessie Wiseman, Lin Shaye, Barry Bostwick, Alanna Ubach, Jesse Merlin, Ross Patterson, Jim O'Heir, Richard Riehle, Christine Lakin, Edi Patterson, Robert R. Shafer, Brendan McCarthy, Lindsay Lamb, Jean St. James
Plot Synopsis: In yet another masterpiece by St. James St. James, this film explores the true story that government didn't want you to know about how Helen Keller really lost her eyesight and hearing: Nightwolves.
Review: Helen Keller Vs Nightwolves is perhaps the most ridiculous title I've seen for a horror / comedy in recent memory. However, the people behind Helen Keller Vs Nightwolves know that and use that as a springboard to spoof the super hero genre.
We're presented with the unlikeliest of superheroes - Helen Keller. Some might find the idea of using Helen Keller as a butt kicking, knife welding bad as* offensive, but it's done to make a point. The real life Helen Keller was blind & deaf, so she would be the person you would least expect to see at the forefront of a super hero origin story.
Anyway, getting back on point. We have the ridiculous origin story complete with the most unlikely hero imaginable. There's the ridiculous training montage in which the super hero goes from a zero to a hero in a matter of minutes. There's the ridiculous climatic battle in which Helen Keller takes on 19 Nightwolves! And, of course, no super hero film would be complete without a ridiculous sidekick who somehow or another manages to go unscathed, despite all the violence that's ensuring so that they can offer up a witty one liner for the next scene. This time around, the side kick happens to be Helen Keller's gay brother. All of these comedic elements come together perfectly.
What works against the film is that some of the gags run far longer then necessary. For example, there's a scene in which Helen Keller is looking for pie in a diner type setting. When she knocks over one patron's dishes, it's hilarious. When she knocks over another person's dishes, there's a chuckle. When it happened a third time, I laughed, not necessarily because I thought it was funny, but because I felt obligated to. Then it happens a forth time and by now, the gag has gotten real tired, real quick. However, it doesn't end there. It happens a fifth, a sixth, a seventh and after that, I stopped counting.
This is one of those films where I keep thinking of the word almost! The cast is game with Barry Bostwick a particular standout. The premise draws you in. The laughs are there. With a little more finessing and a stronger editing eye this could've been a homerun. It's almost there, but not quite. [Not Rated] 75 minutes.
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