How I Became a Superhero, a French superhero thriller directed by Douglas Attal, is now streaming on Netflix. The one hour 41 minutes film stars Pio Marmaï, Leïla Bekhti, Vimala Pons and Swann Arlaud. Based on Gérald Bronner’s novel, Attal wrote the screenplay and Cédric Anger, Melisa Godet and Charlotte Sanson. Is the film worth your time? Read the full review.
Netflix describes How I Became a Superhero plot as, “Who are the real superheroes? In a world where humans and superheroes coexist, a lone wolf cop teams up with a brilliant detective to dismantle a dark organization trafficking superpowers.”
How I Became a Superhero Review: In-depth analysis
We’ve seen so many superhero movies and series that one may wonder what Netflix’s How I Became a Superhero has to offer. But the film is an engaging thriller with well-written lead characters. The story is set in Paris, where young superheroes get powers by intaking drugs. The rise in such powers causes death and destruction in the city. A cop named Gary Moreau (played by Pio Marmaï) and Lieutenant Cécile Schaltzmann (played by Vimala Pons) are assigned the case, and they make some startling discoveries.
How I Became a Superhero movie is a mix of The Boys (Amazon Prime) and Jupiter’s Legacy (Netflix). In The Boys, we see the ugly side of these so-called saviours. A scientist injects the Compound V serum into normal humans that give them superpowers. Similarly, there’s a bad guy named Naja and his team of men who supply a peculiar drug to young people that give them superpowers. The intentions are not to save the world! Those who take this drug go rogue, and it’s a huge task to bring them all under control.
In Jupiter’s Legacy, we saw how some old superheroes wanted to pass on the legacy of saving the world to the new generation. Douglas Attal’s film has a slightly similar twist where some old superheroes want people with superpowers to be responsible. Discussing more means giving away important spoilers in How I Became a Superhero review. So I’ll suggest you watch the film.
Actors Pio Marmaï and Vimala Pons are fantastic as Moreau and Schaltzmann. Both the characters are intelligent, quirky and provide some smashing content on the screen. The rest of the cast also does their job well.
How I Became a Superhero Review: Is it worth watching?
Overall, Douglas Attal’s thriller is a must-watch if you enjoy superhero content. It’s always exciting to know how someone got their superpowers. Despite reminding me a bit of The Boys, the film doesn’t have nudity, extreme graphic scenes or indecent language. Also, thank god it’s not a series. It would be heartbreaking to know that Netflix cancelled season 2 as they did with Jupiter’s Legacy!
How I Became a Superhero is currently streaming on Netflix.