KIM NEW­MAN’S VIDEO DUN­GEON

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Empire (UK) - - RE.VIEW -

A ZEITGEISTY SU­PER­HEROINE com­edy, Elec­tra Woman & Dyna Girl is a re­boot of a 1976 kids’ TV show which was a less camp but eye-abus­ingly colour­ful gen­der­switch ver­sion of the Adam West Bat­man.

In a world where ‘the Shadow War’ has de­feated all the vil­lains, su­per­heroes have been re­duced to self-in­volved celebri­ties hawk­ing en­ergy drinks or court­ing at­ten­tion with pub­lic­ity stunts. Lori, aka Elec­tra Woman (grace Hel­big), and Judy, aka Dyna girl (Han­nah Hart), are D-list slack­ers, un­til a clip of them foil­ing a rob­bery goes vi­ral, land­ing the team a con­tract with Cre­ative Masked Man­age­ment. Torn be­tween em­bar­rass­ment at play­ing the game and the lure of nifty uni­forms, the team try to get along — but the marginally less self-in­volved Judy quits, to fall into the clutches of an ac­tual su­pervil­lain, the team’s teenage neigh­bour Ber­nice (Ma­treya Fe­dor). Orig­i­nally a se­ries of net-friendly episodes, this is fairly seam­lessly edited into a short fea­ture — though the story daw­dles to al­low for sketch rou­tines and guest turns. Hel­big and Hart, US co­me­di­ans cast for their youtube fol­low­ings, ac­tu­ally play char­ac­ters rather than re­do­ing schtick — Hel­big is funny as a no-hoper who gets what she wants while try­ing to ig­nore the aw­ful things that come with it, while Hart shows some depth as she tries not to feel let down by her best friend. given the pair were al­ready a fe­male take on Bat­man and Robin, this hasn’t ex­cited men’s rights id­iots the way 2016’s Ghost­busters did — and, for what it’s worth, it takes the time to fo­cus on the en­gag­ing re­la­tion­ship be­tween its he­roes (and vil­lain) in a smarter way than that all­women re­boot did. Ex­tra points for mak­ing Dyna girl gay but just leav­ing it there.

The Break-out: Elec­tra Woman & Dyna Girl

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