“I’m gonna shove that phone so deep inside you, you’re going to have to do Kegels to answer it. I don’t do Kegels, but I’ve heard things.”
Electra Woman & Dyna Girl is the story of Electra Woman (Grace Helbig, Dirty 30) and Dyna Girl (Hannah Hart, Dirty 30), two non-superpowered superheroes who spend their time saving their small town in Ohio from petty theft. Longing to expand their reach and save people on a bigger scale the duo is somewhat stuck. That is, until a video of them “disarming” a suspect during a convenience store robbery is posted on social media. Once the vid goes viral the duo gets a call from CMM, Creative Masked Management, the premiere talent agency. CMM wants to meet with the ladies to see if there’s a chance of representation. So Electra Woman and Dyna Girl drive out to Hollywood but once there the team find themselves at odds. Electra Woman embraces the Hollywood lifestyle while Dyna Girl chafes at being asked to do so much public relations, not to mention all the changes CMM implement in terms of the women themselves. There’s a new (fake) backstory to learn, new costumes and new gear–and everything has to be plugged to the masses. Not to mention Dyna Girl is quickly labeled Electra Woman’s sidekick by the media.
There are few surprises in Electra Woman & Dyna Girl. There are also fewer connections to the original Sid and Marty Krofft (Sigmund and the Sea Monsters) Electra Woman and Dyna Girl than die-hard fans are going to like. There are the iconic outfits (for a while) and the Electra Car but in essence Electra Woman & Dyna Girl just takes the characters and rebrands them. It’s more about using the characters as the medium through which to tell the story of what it means to be a success in Hollywood, in particular the difficulties in holding on to who you are in the face of overwhelming pressure, particularly from social media.
What saves Electra Woman & Dyna Girl is the prominent sense of self-awareness. Not going so far as to break the fourth wall the film nonetheless displays a cheeky attitude I found endearing. Equally endearing are Helbig and Hart, whose real life friendship shines through their every scene together. Both YouTube stars who frequently collaborate together I imagine bits and pieces of their relationship are at least somewhat mirrored in Electra Woman and Dyna Girl’s, though just like with the fictitious duo everything the public knows is skewed through a filter. I like both actresses and I think anyone who wants to see a more light-hearted and satirical take on the superhero genre would not find themselves disappointed with at least a streaming of Electra Woman & Dyna Girl.
Speaking of not being disappointed the technical specs are nothing to sneeze at here. Though Electra Woman and Dyna Girl may come from a lower-budgeted world that lack of resources does not appear on screen or have difficulty finding a way to fill the audio space. The video is a very nice 2.40:1 aspect ratio and it looks as well-done as anything currently airing, with special effects blending well into a realistic palette. No worries here. And the audio is a lovely Dolby Digital 5.1 which balances well against the crispness of the video and again betrays no issues. All in all a solid duo.
As far as special features go here’s a list:
“Audio Commentary with Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart” – The duo enjoyed making this movie, that much is clear. Nothing really surprising is revealed but their passion for this project is apparent.
“Making of Electra Woman & Dyna Girl” – Your standard behind-the-scenes type of thing.
“Inside Creative Masked Management” – This part of the features showcases the talent agency all the coolest superheroes sign with.
“Electra Car For Sale” – A cute cable-access type fake commercial for the sale of the Electra Car.
“Making The Movie Poster” – A behind-the-scenes look at the photo shoot for the publicity.
“CMM: The Superhero Agency” – A profile on the agency Electra Woman and DynaGirl sign with in Hollywood.
“Dan Dixon: CMM Super Agent” – A fake interview segment featuring co-workers talking about character Dan Dixon (Andy Buckley, The Office).
“Megaline: The Source For Celebrity News” – A bit on the fake program.
“Everybody Loves Plant Man” – A very short piece on one of the film’s other superheroes.
“There’s No Sidekick Here” – A quick interview about how Electra Woman and Dyna Girl are a team.
“Grace & Hannah At San Diego Comic-Con” – A panel discussion and fan Q&A at The Nerdist’s Conival during 2014’s San Diego Comic-Con.
“Previews” – A trailer for the upcoming Dead Rising
Electra Woman & Dyna Girl was conceived and shot as an eight episode mini-series. However at roughly one hour twenty minutes it feels more like a two-part pilot episode. As of July 2016 no further adventures have been forthcoming however this disc works as a stand-alone movie and I don’t think fans will be left feeling as though they have not been entertained.