Instead, he documents the largest comic convention in the world: The San Diego Comic Con. Fans of various ages and statures – both regular citizens and more-accomplished film geeks (like Kevin Smith, Stan Lee and Joss Wedon to name a few) alike.
The movie documents the bigger phenomenon of Comic Con, but it also focuses on a few main stories of the convention: A young man that hopes to propose to his girlfriend at the convention, a girl who designs and makes costumes for the masquerade, a comic collector/seller selling his most prized posession and a pair of artists who hope to work for the big comic publishers, among a few other little stories.
There are so many moments of true-life humor in it. Lines like “When a woman tells you to grow up, it’s God’s way of telling you to find a new woman” underline what this movie is about in its casual, thoroughly entertaining tone.
The movie juggles all the stories uniquely and effectively. Firstly, by giving a short history of the convention, and later interspersing the film with people’s reasons for why they love the convention and going back and forth between the main stories. If you have even a shred of geekiness in you, you’ll be elated to revel in everything the film has to offer – you might even get choked up, as some parts are very emotional.
Morgan Spurlock has taken it upon himself to prove he can make a great film that’s funny without himself even appearing, and he’s accomplished this with flying colors. I personally enjoyed this film more than any other film I’ve seen at TIFF this far, which is saying a lot. On the other hand, if you’ve never collected comics, researched Star Trek or watched the original Star Wars trilogy, this movie probably isn’t for you.
TIFF Synopsis: Have you ever imagined a place where Vulcans and vampires get along? Where wizards and wookies can be themselves? Welcome to Comic-Con San Diego. What started as a fringe comic book convention for 500 fans has grown into the pop culture event of the year that influences every form of entertainment, now attended by over 140,000. Comic-Con Episode Four: A Fan’s Hope explores this cultural phenomenon by following the lives of seven attendees as they descend upon the ultimate geek mecca.