The latest Hollywood movie to give comic books a bad name, "Elektra"
stars Jennifer Garner as a superheroine who dons fetishwear the
color of blood before laying waste to every man in sight. "Your
parents must have had a sense of humor," the broodingly handsome
and plucky love interest says to Elektra about her mythopoetic name.
She answers in the negative: no they did not and neither does she.
This chick may have a complex (or two), but like the rickety vehicle
supporting her and the hopes of Marvel Comics, she emphatically
does not have a sense of humor. What she emphatically does have
— and this of course is the entire point of "Elektra"
— is a hot bod and a costume that looks as if it was designed
by someone very familiar with the Victoria's Secret catalog.
© Manohla Dargis, The New York Times