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Brandon Routh, Kate Bosworth, Eva Marie Saint, Parker Posey,
||Not too young, it
gets kind of intense at times.
||She'll be drooling
over Brandon's body in that Superman costume. At least
the dudette a couple of seats away from me was doing so.
||Some people get
crushed and fight each other, but not necessarily in that
||Just fast flying.
||There are some
||I liked the "piano
flying across the room" scene.
||Lois Lane "I've
already done Superman." Enough said.
||Gilbert Adler, Jon
Peters, Bryan Singer
I was around 11 years old when the Christopher Reeve
version of "Superman" hit theaters. As a younginí I really
liked the movie, and it has stuck with me for pretty much
all my life. But of the comparison between "Superman" and
"Superman II," I have to say that I preferred the second
film to the first because it had more of a serious side to
the movie, a darker side if you will. And as I have grown to
enjoy recent comic book movies, the one thing that seems to
usually work right is when those making the movie treat the
story in a serious manner. Bryan Singer, the Director of
"Superman Returns," does just that. Thankfully.
A Movie Review
"Superman Returns" gives us a world in which Clark
Kent/Superman (Brandon Routh) has been away for five years.
It seems some astronomers found the planet Krypton, and
Clark decided he needed to do some soul-searching and see if
there was any chance of his family not really being gone,
but alas Clark is still left wondering if he is the only one
of his kind in the universe. And so, Clark finds himself
back in Metropolis, back with his job at The Daily Planet,
but things arenít the same as when he left them. He even
wonders if Superman is needed anymore, thanks in the most
part to an editorial that Lois Lane (Kate Bosworth) wrote
questioning if the world needs Superman. It seems Superman
left Lois as sort of woman scorned.
Also in the meantime,
Clark finds out that Lois has a son and that she is engaged
to Richard White (James Marsden). But just as quickly as
Clark wonders about Supermanís place in the world, Superman
is called back into action, in part thanks to his longtime
nemesis, Lex Luthor (Kevin Spacey), even though no one
realizes this, even Lex. It seems for this movie, that while
Superman was away looking for his old planet, Lex was able
to find Supermanís Fortress of Solitude, learned a lot about
those magical crystals of Supermanís, and hatches a plan
to build a new continent because itís always about having
prime real estate. Again, kryptonite becomes a problem for
Superman, but a woman will save him from it, Superman will
save the day, and it will be debated which kiss actually
saves Supermanís life.
Now as much as I did sort of like the total klutziness
when Christopher Reeve was playing Clark Kent, I totally
appreciated the fact that Bryan Singer didnít make Clark as
much of a goofball. Sure, he had some moments, but by not
being nearly as clumsy, that helped to keep the movie with
the more serious tone that I have been liking of late in my
comic book movies. As far as Brandon Routh, I thought he did
a fine job as Clark and as Superman, especially with the
plot line he was given. You see, unlike the Superman movies
you might remember, for this one Clark is really confused,
and Brandon did well showing this. I also found Kate
Bosworthís version of Lois Lane refreshing versus the
version played by Margot Kidder. Kateís Lois was much more,
well, reporter-like, rather than the sort of scatter-brained
version of Lois Margot had to work with. And probably most
refreshing about this take on the Superman franchise is that
Lex Luther is actually a villain, rather than just a goof
with a thing for real estate. Part of that goes to the
character they gave him, but part of that also goes to a
great job by Kevin Spacey showing that Lex can, and probably
should be, truly evil, especially when your plot for world
domination involves the killing of billions of people.
I will admit "Superman Returns" is a tad long, clocking
in slightly over two and a half hours, and some of that
could have been trimmed by getting rid of some of the
scenic/artsy-ness of the film, but it doesnít really hurt it
much. The addition of Loisí child was an interesting twist,
but it really pulled things together at the end and nicely
sets up a follow-up film. And so in wrapping this review up
I will just put things like this: If you are looking for
more of a campy film like the first Christopher Reeve
version, you probably wonít like this take on the Superman
character. But if you are like me and have been enjoying the
comic book adaptations that take themselves seriously, my
guess is you will enjoy "Superman Returns." Itís a solid 4
stars out of 5 for "Superman Returns."
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!!