Superlópez (2018 film)
|Directed by||Javier Ruiz Caldera|
|Written by||Borja Cobeaga|
Diego San José
Gonzalo de Castro
|Distributed by||Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Spain|
In the planet Chitón the scientist Jan has created the "ultimative weapon" to fight against the evil dictator Skorba: a baby with superpowers. He sends him in a spaceship to Earth, but Ágata, Skorba's daughter, follows him in another spaceship to capture him. However, the baby's spaceship impacts with the Hispasat satellite, so he lands on Spain, whereas Ágata lands in United States. The baby is adopted by the López family, who teach him to hide his powers, to not make other people jealous of him.
Years later, López is his 30s and has a normal life only using his powers when nobody is watching. In his office his boss and friend Jaime hires Luisa. Jaime is romantically interested in Luisa, but she is more interested in López and they both go on a date. After the date, a subway loses control and López manages to stop it. Footage of this rescue is seen by Ágata, who is now the owner of the biggest tech company in the world.
Ágata creates an ultrasound machine with a message that can only be heard by López, asking him to meet her. He complies and is informed of his true origin. He goes to his parents’ house to confront them and they show him the spaceship. López accidentally activates a holographic message of his biological father, explaining his original planet conflict. His (Earth) parents convince him to try to learn how to use his `powers and, after many trials and errors he finally discovers how to fly.
Ágata kidnaps Jaime and Luisa. López manages to rescue them and they go to the house of the parents of López. There Ágata attacks them with a giant mecha robot. With the help of his parents and friends, he finally embraces his abilities to become Superlópez and defeat the robot.
The film had the best opening weekend of 2018 after it was released on 23 November 2018, grossing 2.3 million euros from an attendance of 377,501. After only two weeks of its release, the film had grossed more than 7 millions of euros by 10 December 2018, making it the third highest-grossing Spanish film of 2018. By the end of the year, with a box-office taking of €10.3 million, it had become the second highest grossing Spanish film of 2018 in Spain, after Champions.
The movie received generally positive reviews. Oti Rodríguez in ABC describes it as "a surrealist cross between the sainete, the grotesque and the joke about a serious matter (Superman) that has completely lost any hint of sensibility". Beatriz Martínez in El Periódico says that is an "intelligent comedy of adventures that through an addictive rhythm reflects on the Spanish idiosyncrasy, mediocrity and mediocrity as engines that drive our society". More negative is Javier Ocaña in El País who says "Nothing is wrong: neither the interpreters nor the situations nor the dialogues nor the direction. And, nevertheless, not a grimace, because nothing is good enough to provoke a certain merrymaking".
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