We can now read what those who have seen the reboot of The Toxic Avenger think.
Troma’s iconic character, The Toxic Avenger, has officially returned in an exciting reboot produced by Legendary Pictures. The film had its world premiere at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, and the first reactions are already circulating on the Internet.
Straight from the screens at Alamo Drafthouse, initial reactions highlight the film for its bold tone and impressive practical effects. Additionally, several critics have praised the surprising amount of heart present in the story. However, as is common in the film world, not everyone agrees, and some believe the film could be polarizing, with audiences either loving it or hating it.
Peter Dinklage is a crazy delight. A crazy concept that (comes) to life thanks to a team of people who understand exactly what they are doing and don’t hold back. The kind of movie that works as a hugely fun, very loud escape, and that also feels like a celebration of the magic of cinema, of the wild things one can create with ingenuity, practical effects and a lot of passion for the genre. Macon Blair’s Toxic Avenger remake looks less like Troma and more like a live-action episode of THE SIMPSONS. Peter Dinklage gives a Ron Perlman-level performance with heavy makeup. I found it extremely funny. A lot of people will hate it.If Paul Verhoeven from 1987 made a Troma movie instead of ROBOCOP, he might get something like Macon Blair’s THE TOXIC AVENGER. I loved it. If you’ve ever wanted to see Peter Dinklage stick his hand up someone’s anus and rip out their guts, then you’ll love THE TOXIC AVENGER. It’s a blast. It has the same over-the-top, hyper-energetic tone of the original film, but with more blood, disgustingly beautiful makeup, and a heart. Dinklage rules, Bacon as the bad guy is hilarious, he’s totally irreverent and fun.
When can we see it?
Although an official release date for the Toxic Avenger remake has yet to be confirmed, Legendary and Troma have shared an official synopsis revealing that the film will stay true to the themes of the original. The original film, released in 1984, followed Melvin Ferd Junko III’s transformation into a toxic hero after a bullying incident. In this contemporary version, the plot centers on Winston Gooze, played by Peter Dinklage, a downtrodden janitor who becomes The Toxic Avenger after a toxic waste accident. The story addresses environmental issues and follows Winston as he fights against greed and corruption to save his son, his friends, and his community.
The film’s cast includes renowned actors such as Jacob Tremblay, Taylour Paige, Julia Davis, Jonny Coyne, Elijah Wood and Kevin Bacon. The film was directed by Macon Blair, known for his work on independent films such as “I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore” and “Blue Ruin.” The Toxic Avenger has already earned an R rating for its “strong violence and blood, extensive language, sexual references and brief graphic nudity.”