Saturday, July 01, 2006

Superman Returns - The Review, Part III

Ok the real review I promise.

The movie starts out with the same cheesy (I LOVED THEM) titles and theme from the original. At first I thought we were watching a remake of the original.

Superman returns to earth after being gone for 5 years. I think it takes place somewhere after Part II. Astronomers believed that they had found remnants of Krypton and he wanted to go see if there were any survivors, so the movie starts with his re-entry to Earth, landing right outside of his Mother’s house.

There’s a bit of a flashback to when he was a kid (and I’ve seen a few of the picture books about the movie and it looks as though there were more scenes filmed that what made the final picture – I’m sure they’ll be in the DVD).

Clark makes his way back to Metropolis and gets his job back at The Daily Planet where he finds Jimmy Olsen and Lois Lane. Lois is now dating/living with the nephew of Perry White and she has a 5 year old son….hmmm….5 years old and he was gone for 5 years…hmmmm

Lois won a Pulitzer for writing a column about “Why the world doesn’t need Superman.”

Lex Luthor is back and it’s Kevin Spacey – he did an AMAZING job, even funnier was his moll Parker Posey. For the first 20 minutes of the movie I couldn’t tell whether she had really frizzy hair or was wearing a hat. She was hilarious as the “dumb blonde” who had black hair.

Lex finds Supermans Fortress of Solitude and takes all of the crystals, not before learning all of the information about Krypton from Jor-El, and decides that he’s going to “build” a new continent which will displace the current shorelines and put Metropolis under water.

Ok, that’s all I’m gonna say about plot.

The movie was amazing, the special effects were beyond phenomenal. If you grew up with and loved the original like I did, then you’ll love this. During the movie I couldn’t remember if I was watching Christopher Reeve or Brandon Routh. Now not saying that Brandon was mimicking Christopher but the way that he played “Clark” was amazing. At one point Lois, her son and Clark are standing there watching TV when a thing comes on about Superman. Her son looks at the TV, looks up at Clark, looks back at the TV…another time Lois and her boyfriend are joking about Clark being about the same size as Superman.

The special effects were truly outstanding, the flying sequences were beyond comprehension, his use of heat vision and x-ray vision were astounding. We see his x-ray vision twice (both on Lois) once he’s watching her from outside her house, the second time he watches her go up the elevator. Truly Amazing!
Brandon Routh is only 27 years old compared to Christopher Reeve who was 36 when he played Superman for the first time, so I bet there will be more.

Bryan Singer did a great job directing this movie, it’s not over the top like X-Men it’s perfect as a continuation to the franchise. I see that there’s already word about a new one in 2009 – not bad considering the last Superman movie was in 1987!

Michael gives this Five Stars out of a possible Four!

Oh we went to see The Devil Wears Prada last night!


Kat said...

Bryan Singer is awesome, I loved his Xmen movies. Parker Posey just cracks me up in everything! She was in Blade Trinity and You've got Mail and gosh, tons of stuff. Kevin Spacey is awesome too. Great review, I'm looking forward to seeing this now, even if I just wait for the DVD.

xmichra said...

um. ya. well... i can't wait to hear about the devil wears prada... hehe.