Reviews: Electra Woman and Dyna Girl (2016)

And now for a review of a rebooted property. 

Electra Woman and Dyna Girl follows two superheroes, Electra Woman (YouTube's finest, Grace Helbig) and Dyna Girl (another YouTube treasure, Hannah Hart), as they move from Akron to Los Angeles with hopes of making it big in the crime fighting world, only to find competition with other vigilantes as they deal with infighting amongst themselves. 

Hmmmmmm....what's that smell?

A remake of the 1976 TV series of the same name, Electra Woman and Dyna Girl follows the two non-super powered Ohio wannabe heroes in a post-supervillain world. They rely on their wits and their DIY gadgets that their friend Frank, who never leaves the basement, creates. Starting out as six short episodes, it’s now available as a full-length feature, reaching a cumulative 1 hour and 22 minutes of runtime, and can be purchased for $10. It was written and directed by Chris Marrs Pilliero. 

It’s exciting to see a movie come out that's focused on female superheroes and EWADG brings just the right amount of goofy puns and action. Having no superpowers makes the characters more relatable and the aspiration to become ultra well-known around the world is a familiar feeling amongst some. While the storyline is very predictable, it’s still enjoyable to watch. It carries an old-school Batman and Robin or the underrated Josie and the Pussycats feeling throughout the film. Instead of using the old "Electra-wow!" and similar lines from the original TV show, Helbig and Hart are constantly trying to be up to date on the cool lingo everyone is saying nowadays, and figuring out how to use social media to fit in, earning a few cringes as they just keep missing the hip mark. The two girls also struggle within themselves as their rise to fame grows, and there’s some clashing of personalities as they grow.

Wow. I can't believe he texted you that photo. Shocking. 

This film is not overly packed with action; it has just the right amount to satisfy. Having no outrageous special effects, the more organic approach keeps an old school vibe. Hell, even the Electric Car is barely staying in one piece, but goddamn it, the girls love it. The lighting was well done, dark scenes were lit nicely, and always fit the mood of the moment. The music was forgettable, but the overall lighthearted feeling really sticks afterward. The characters are believable and have a neat handshake that fans will undoubtedly use with their friends. 

"Our car is barely moving, I had to tape my suction gun, enter pun here, we're gonna bring these bad guys down with what we've got" is what you will get from EWADG. Overall, two heroes just trying to keep the world safe. Electra Woman and Dyna Girl is punny, light, predictable, and dare I say, Dyna-mite. Awwww....c'mon, you were waiting for it. 

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-Kirsten Anderson