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Review: “Sidekick” AKA 15 Minutes of Extreme Feelings

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I’d been putting off watching Sidekick for a few weeks now. Not because I thought it was going to be bad, but because I wanted to give it my full attention and truly process it. It had many things I love like superheroes and one of my favorite actors, Josh Dallas, in it. I didn’t want to watch it at 11pm after an exhausting day at work.

It was when my coworker at my comic book store day job lit up when I mentioned the movie to her that made me commit to watching Sidekick. She’d been away on an internship, so I wasn’t sure if she’d seen it yet. She grabbed my arm, looked me dead in the eye, and said, “Hope, it’s fifteen minutes of nothing but feelings!”

Boy, was she right.

Sidekick is a story where married couple James (Josh Dallas) and Emma (Emily Bett Rickards) are struggling with something major in their life. James uses a bedtime story to comfort his son (Christian Cooper). The story is about a superhero named Captain Strong fighting his archenemy Darkman (Tom Cavanagh). It’s directed by Jeff Cassidy.

Josh Dallas is made to be a superhero. While I love him in Once Upon A Time, I truly miss him in the Thor franchise as Fandral the Dashing (which in my opinion was way better than Zach Levi’s performance. Sorry, Mr. Levi). What Dallas does so well is make his characters vulnerable and human. This was the very essence of Marvel in the Gold and Silver Age of comics. Captain Strong might be a Superman type, but he has the humanity and struggles of Spider-Man. While we might not get that from Captain Strong, it’s the character James portraying those vulnerabilities in fatherhood. Parents want to be that heroic role for their children. Sometimes though, there are outside forces that rip that away from them.

This is a story about a father and son, but Miss Rickards brought her “A” game for what little she had in the story. It’s not her role as The Princess that won it. It was playing the wife struggling with the situation at hand. She was equal to Dallas in those moments and spoke volumes by saying nothing at all.

I’m also quite pleased they stayed away from the usual married couple tropes in media. On the other hand, the truth was far more devastating and heartbreaking.

The superhero side of the story is handled well. It has the same look and budget as any one of the CW shows like Flash or Supergirl. The effects are television quality which is perfectly fine. I wasn’t going into this expecting the Inception-like Doctor Strange effects or anything.

If Sidekick has any flaws, it’s that it’s far too short. They packed a lot in fifteen minutes. It left me wanting more. There’s a moment where the son Billy mentions past superhero bedtime stories from James. I would have rather seen this as a thirty minute to an hour long film. It could have started with those previous stories to build Captain Strong up to true superhero status. But as James’ situation deteriorated, Captain Strong could have as well.

The Mary Sue called it correctly stating that Sidekick was the superhero movie we didn’t know we needed. It’s touching, fun, and sucker punches you at the exact right moment.

You can either watch it on Youtube here or check out the video below.

I gave Sidekick an 8.5 out of 10.

Hope set out into the world to be a Pokemon Coordinator. When she realized that Pokemon were not real, she pursued her other passion: writing. Hope was raised in fandoms and saw how they can help save the world from her work with The Harry Potter Alliance. Now, she works to bring that love into writing one article at a time. She's also a diehard Atlanta Braves fan, so don't diss her team.

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