Sunday, July 02, 2006
Movie Reviews: Superman Returns
After a mysterious absence, Superman (Brandon Routh) returns to Earth only to find that his beloved Lois Lane (Kate Bosworth) has moved on with her life. Meanwhile, the Man of Steel's nemesis, Lex Luthor (Kevin Spacey), is ready to hatch a plot that will render Superman powerless forever.
Cast Brandon Routh, Kate Bosworth, Kevin Spacey, James Marsden, Parker Posey
Director(s) Bryan Singer
Writer(s) Michael Dougherty, Dan Harris
Status In theaters (wide)
Genre(s) Action/Adventure, Drama, Superheroes, Theatrical Release, Sequel
Release Date June 28, 2006
Running Time 154 minutes
MPAA Rating PG-13 - for some intense action violence
Superman Returns is a roaring success as a film and as a resurrection of the franchise. Bryan Singers main talent as a filmmaker is his ability to show an incredible level of depth to the characters in his films. This is the main reason Superman Returns works so well. The characters in the film all brim with life and passion, they never appear cartoony or one dimensional. The casting is pitch perfect. Brandon Routh is a perfect successor to Christopher Reeves Superman/Clark Kent. Routh captures the charm and strength required for both parts of the character. Kate Bosworth is equally impressive, although she is terribly young for the character, in her portrayal of Lois Lane. Kevin Spacey is does a superb job of expressing the controlled rage of the revenge fill Luthor. The visuals in the film are excellent and the action is very impressive. There are plenty of wow moments in this film, which were notably missing from the other big summer comic book movie X-men The Last Stand. There is a lot done right in this film, from the retro credits to tons of little nods to fans of the original Donner films to the excellent choice of using the same Superman musical score. Just about everything works in this film but there are a couple of missteps. The entire plot line with Lois Lane child comes off as a bit silly and predictable especially if you seen the first 2 Donner films. Secondly, the overall plot is extremely similar to the original 1976 Donner Superman. Small missteps overall because even though the movie is well over 2 hours long its never boring and never bogs down. One of the summer's best thus far.