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Superman Returns
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Directed By
Bryan Singer

Written By:
Dan Harris, Michael Dougherty

Kate Bosworth, James Marsden, Frank Langella, Eva Marie Saint, Parker Posey, Sam Huntington, Kal Penn, Kevin Spacey, Brandon Routh

Superman Returns (2006)
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Movie Review by Jessica
January 23rd, 2007

As summer blockbusters go, Superman Returns will probably end up in the same grey area that movies like Minority Report end up in. The movie was good, but it just didn't have that certain something that makes a movie great.
There were some very visually impressive moments in this movie. The visuals start off early as Kal-El (that's Superman to non-geeks out there) crash lands back on Earth after a 5-year absence. The five years that he has been gone have radically affected the world, as Lex Luthor is once again a free man, Lois Lane has lost her faith in Superman and is now married, and most of the world has learned how to get by without Superman.
That's about as deep as the story gets, however. The plot delves into typical comic-book fare, as Lex Luthor gets his hands on something he shouldn't and begins wreaking havoc on Metropolis - once again. The movie then treads lightly on the surface of Superman mythos, never going deep enough to lose the mainstream fans, but staying too far above board to satisfy a true Superman aficionado. His time away is simply left at that in the movie - it's up to the inevitable video game to flesh out that area of the back story.
There are also some truly odd moments in the film. Near the end, a weakened Superman flies into space, where the rays of his power source - the yellow sun - bathe him unfiltered. However, weakened, he falls back to Earth and rests in a coma state for a time. I heard much fan boy muttering at this little faux pas on Bryan's part. Another strange moment is Superman dropping in on Lois Lane at her new marital estate. Rather than announcing himself, Superman hovers outside and uses his super hearing and vision to eavesdrop on Lois and her new husband (X-Men's Cyclops, taking a turn for the non-powered). This is America's most beloved hero? Then why is he sneaking around in the bushes listening at the window? Another scene that left a sour taste in my mouth.
This movie would have been better served by the director - Bryan Singer of X-Men fame - cutting it by about an hour and removing a lot of the downtime. Let me tell you, when this movie gets it right, it gets it right. Superman's rescue of Metropolis - yes, the entire city nearly all at once - is just amazing to behold. Also, the sense of speed and power in the new Superman's visuals is simply awe-inspiring.
One thing Bryan is good for is bringing the human element to superhuman characters as his stellar work in X-Men and X-Men 2 shows us. He three-peats here, making for a much more "human" Clark Kent and Lois Lane, and a deeper, more sinister and scary Lex Luther than previous Superman films. Bryan also elected to use Marlon Brando's original voiceovers for the voice of Jor-El, Supermans father, lending a bit more gravitas to the film. If anything will make this film last past it's summer release, Kevin Spacey's dark turn as Lex and Marlon Brando's "They can be a great people, Kal-El" speech will definitely be it.
All in all, Superman is not bad as a film in it's entirety. Just don't put it on the for the kids or expect some squirming around the 2 hour mark. Is it worth seeing? Yes. More than once? Probably not.

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Jan 23, 2007 4:54 PM
So are you a geek or a non-geek?
Jan 24, 2007 12:28 AM
If she's smart, she'll just say she's a fangirl.

Jan 25, 2007 3:05 PM
I watched it with high hopes....but to me it was bland, even the form hugging spandex of the superman costume couldn't keep my attention.
Jan 30, 2007 6:50 PM
I agree :)

Jul 2, 2007 11:13 AM
Hello Jessica,
Thank you for the review! I'm a huge "Superman" fan, When I was young I read all the comics and watched the different TV seires(I didn' do this for all comic book heros though)while growing up I liked the movies and Christopher Reeves! I was surprised that this actor actually did look a bit like Reeves!I've also started to like Kate Bosworths as an actress in alot of movie rolls! So in short I did like this movie!
Take care,Always! Bill

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