Superman Returns (2006, Blu-ray Disc)
For five years, Superman (Brandon Routh) has been away from Earth, coaxed into space by a belief that Krypton may still exist. Finding nothing, he comes back to a changed world--not only has terrorism become rampant, but Lois Lane (Kate Bosworth) has married, started a family, and won the Pulitzer for her piece "Why the World Doesn’t Need Superman." After a stop in Smallville to see his adopted mother (Eva Marie Saint), Superman is back in Metropolis, and Clark Kent has his old job back at the Daily Planet, with everyone still incredibly oblivious to his alter ego. But where there’s Superman, there's Lex Luthor (Kevin Spacey), and he is likely to be planning something dastardly--in this case, using a piece of pilfered kryptonite to grow an entirely new continent that he will control. Bryan Singer (X-MEN 1 and 2), armed with a script by Dan Harris and Michael Dougherty, approaches the red cape with reverence for the lore of the character, and respect for Richard Donner’s SUPERMAN (1980) and Richard Lester’s 1980 sequel, films that ushered in the era of the modern superhero film. Singer’s SUPERMAN is filled with melancholy, and not so subtly suggests the notion of Superman as a Christ figure, sacrificing himself to save mankind. But there are still laughs, mostly courtesy of Spacey (clearly having a blast) and Parker Posey as his moll, Kitty Kowalski, as well as plenty of gasp-inducing set pieces, including a spectacular and terrifying almost-plane crash and a sinking boat. While modern visual effects have allowed Superman to go to entirely new realms, Singer keeps them from becoming the film’s raison d'être, thus keeping the Man of Steel’s gigantic heart intact--heavy though it may be.
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We need Christopher Reeves!
Christopher Reeves left some very large red boots to fill. I don't think that Brandon Routh even came close to filling them. Kate Bosworth as Lois Lane? Sorry, I'm not feelin' it. Kevin Spacey was brilliant as Lex Luthor. Beyond Spacey, I think that the move was not cast well at all. Bosworth simply didn't live up to the legend that is Margot Kidder's Lois Lane; she's a fine actress, but not right for the roll.
I very reluctantly watched this movie. I was actually very adamant about not seeing it, but finally caved in just to see if was any good. I just didn't think that ANYONE could live up to Christopher Reeves as Clark Kent/Superman and didn't want to see anyone ruin the picture of Superman in my mind.
That being said, you're probably wondering why I rated this movie 4 out of 5. Well, somewhat bad casting choices aside, the movie was, I begrudgingly admit, good. The story, though a little slow in the beginning, was solid thereafter.
Though I thought Spacey did a nice job a Lex Luthor, I would have liked to see a different Superman villian...maybe in the next Superman movie...
Overall, this movie was good. I just had to look past the strange face of Clark Kent.
If you are a die-hard Christopher Reeves is the only Superman, this movie may not be for you. You might want to pull out your VHS copy of the original movies and revisit the only big-screen Superman.
If you're too young to remember (or have ever seen) Christopher Reeves as Superman, you missed out on something, but this movie should tide you over until the next superhero movie comes out.
If you have no idea who I'm talking about but you like Superman, comic books, or superhero movies, give this one a shot.
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Superman Finally Returns. And In HiDef!
Superman Returns is more of a drama/chick flick superhero movie, which was sadly the fate of them (X-Men, Spiderman & less recent Batman movies), until Iron Man & The Dark Knight came along and proved you can make a lot of money on a movie without it being all flowers and kisses.
Superman Returns is the story of when Superman comes back from his trip to Krypton after Lex Luthor convinces him that his scientists believe they have found it still in one piece. While he is gone Lex's lawyers call Superman to testify, and he doesn't show. This leads to Lex getting out of prison and begins scheming rich, dying women to inherit their fortunes.
When Superman returns, he finds out that Lois Lane is no longer in love with Superman, and wrote an award winning article "Why The World Doesn't Need Superman", and is now 'engaged' and with a son.
When Lex breaches the Fortress Of Solitude and steals a Kryptonian crystal and mixes it with Kryptonite and tosses it into the ocean, it starts to grow, much like the Fortress did, only this giant chunk is made out of Kryptonite. Can Superman, along with the help of the Lane clan, rid the earth of a radioactive texas-sized piece of Krypton, or will it force Kal-El to flee the earth forever?
Might be Entertaining for Hard Core Superman Fans
Superman Returns is a decent movie, however it pales in comparison to most other recent superhero films. Clark Kent returns as Superman in this romantic, action adventure movie, also featuring Lois Lane and Lex Luthor. The special effects are decent, the acting leaves something to be desired, and the story line is worse than an episode of Days of Our Lives. Many superhero movies these days are showing the mortal side of heros like in the X-Men series as well at the Spiderman movies. Superman Returns tries to do the same thing but instead of having noble flaws, Superman has irresponisble ones like getting Lois pregnant then abandoning her and the rest of the world for selfish reasons. This movie is well done except for the fact that they totally screw up the most important character...Superman. The iresponsible and inconsistent Superman portrayed in this movie certainly shouldn't be looked up to by children around the world as the Superman of old was.
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The Only Way It Could Ever Have Been Done...
I can not describe in words how much I love this movie. It was the perfect sequel to Superman and Superman II, starring Christopher Reeve, and I grew up watching those movies. It had to be just right, done perfectly, or I would have despised it.
Brandon Routh played Superman the way Christopher Reeve did, and did so well that at times it made the hair on the back of my neck stand up, because he portrayed the character to such a tee. With Christopher Reeve unfortunately out of the running to play the role, *I think Routh was the only one who could fill his shoes. He paid tribute to Reeve very well.
Lex Luthor's character was a little edgier and angrier than in the original movies, but that is doubtless explained by 5 years' imprisonment, and he wasn't so over the top that it completely distorted the original character. Lois Lane's character was well-portrayed by Kate Bosworth. Although she seemed a little malnourished, she had spunk and I actually liked her in the role better than Margot Kidder.
As a film-score fan, and one who grew up humming John Williams' original Superman theme, the score also had to be perfect, and John Ottman not only retained the theme, but also worked himself to death to ensure that the entire film, from beginning to end, had an A1 score. I hope that John Williams was proud of Ottman's work, because he should have been.
Word has it that the Superman franchise is on indefinite hold because of legal battles over rights and royalties. It is also rumored that WB was so unpleased with the film's nearly $400 million gross (?!) that they might take the franchise in an edgier direction in the future. That would be a horrible mistake... Superman is not, and never has been, dark or frightening. It is not Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, or anything even remotely like it, and it never should be. This film was the only way it could have been done, and kudos to Brian Singer for reviving a legend.