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- The Title Says It All
After missing from film screens for nearly twenty years and nearly twenty eight years since the first Christopher Reeve film, the question everyone was undoubtedly was if the franchise could be resurrected and as this film proves the answer is a most definite "yes" with this film which may actually be better then the 1978 film that started it all.
A film is about as good as its leading actor and without the right actor playing Superman the film could easily have failed. But with newcomer Brandon Routh in the role many fears were laid to rest. Routh, like Reeve before him, slips into the role so well that within moments of his appearance as the Man of Steel he BECOMES Superman. Physically he is a perfect fit for Superman with his black hair, blue eyes, height, build and everything in between. But it just isn't the physical nature that Routh fits into the role, it's also in his acting ability. Drawing inspiration from Reeve's performances in Superman and Superman II in order to perfectly fit into the roles of both Superman and Clark Kent, Routh is successful in marinating the strong masculine side of Superman and the clumsy, almost geeky, nature of Clark Kent. In short, Routh is Superman.
The rest of the cast draws no complaints either. Kate Bosworth, despite being only 23, fits into the role of Lois Lane just as well as Routh as Superman. While she does lack some of the spunk of Margot Kidder's Lois Lane, she does play the sensitive side of Lois very well and her scenes with Superman are a highlight of the film as are her humorous exchanges with Perry White. Frank Langella slips well into the role of Perry White with comfortable ease as he is a foil for Lois and personifies the public's excitement about Superman's return. James Marsden does well in the role of Richard Perry, though his character does at time become a little annoying. Sam Huntington brings a lot of comic relief to the movie in the role of Jimmy Olson. Eva Marie Saint makes a welcomed appearance as Martha Kent and does very well in her few scenes in the film.
And there is of course Kevin Spacey. If there was anyone out there who could possibly pull off the role of Lex Luthor besides Gene Hackman, it would be Spacey. And Spacey does it well. Spacey makes the role his own in more ways then one, brining a more humorous touch to the role. But while he brings more humor to Luthor, he also brings menace. When he has to be, Spacey can be more menacing then Hackman's Luthor ever was as demonstrated on the Krypton Island during one of the film's most shocking scenes. If there's a sequel (which is almost assured) I hope that Spacey, along with the rest of the cast, returns because you can't imagine a Superman movie without them now.
Behind the camera, there is also a lot of talent at work also. Bryan Singer takes the realism and emotion from his X-Men movies and brings it to the film with great results. With a script by the two X-Men writers that they cooked up with Singer, the film's storyline is for the most part inspired. The idea of using Superman's disappearance as a catalyst for a story is inspired to say the least and the films' action sequences share the originality that the first two Christopher Reeve's film had in them. But it's the films plot that brings about the film's only major flaw. Luthor's plot seems to be a bit outlandish (even more so then say sinking California into the ocean) and the various schemes that he goes trough to get to that point serve to slow down the pace of the film considerably and create the only boring parts of the film.
But what sets this film apart from other comic book movies / sequels is that there is an obvious love for the Christopher Reeve films present throughout the movie. From the film's opening credits, done in the style of the first movies legendary credits, to Marlon Brando's narration and brief appearance during the film, it is obvious that the film is both a sequel and homage.
This is evident in two areas specifically: the production design and the music. John Barry's designs for the Fortress of Solitude in particular shines right trough onto the screen in all of its original glory along side with new designs for the Daily Planet and in many respects Metropolis itself, representing the infusing of the new with the old to create something better.
But it is in the music that the greatest homage can be found. The opening frame of the film treats us to a new version of one of the greatest film scores of all time: John Williams score to Superman The Movie. The film opens with the Krypton theme and then goes into a full out rendition of the classic theme and it does so to the point that one is left in awe at the end of the opening credits as the theme not heard in full force since 1978 marks the return just as much as anything else in the film. The classic love theme also makes itself heard in the film and it adds to the majesty and wonder of the film. But composer John Ottman also brings out new material to accompany the classic Williams pieces and the music stands up next to the Williams score and holds it own.
For the sum of its parts, Superman Returns is the resurrection of one of the greatest characters of all time. Not only does it resurrect him, it also brings the character soaring back to new heights in surpassing the films that made this film pays homage to so much.. Superman Returns indeed and we can only hope he's here to stay. ...more info
- did not like this movie
i have tried to watch this movie 4 times and as of yet i have yet to see this whole movie another movie to full asleep on when you can not fall asleep....more info
- The Man Of Steel Is Back...With A Vengeance.
After 20 years, The Man Of Steel is back...with a new face. From the director & writer of "The Usual Suspects" (an engrossing suspense thriller with a wicked twist of an ending) comes the "Sequel" to
"Superman II." Disregarding the abysmal "Superman III" & "Superman IV" (despite a terrific performance from Christopher Reeve; stupid script & horrible direction), this film is a sequel & homage to the films made in 1978 & 1980. Brandon Routh makes an interesting Clark Kent/Superman, but he fell flat when he said the lines spoken by Christopher Reeve in the original. I enjoyed the subplot with Lois Lane and her son. Really good. I'm looking forward to the sequel. Rated PG for action violence. ...more info
- Ghoulish imitation of the late, great Christopher Reeve...
I really wanted to like this movie, and, admittedly, there are some good moments. But seeing as the studio gave Bryan Singer all the money in the world, plenty of time, and quite a bit of creative control and artistic license (I cannot imagine that DC comics was eager to have Superman portrayed as a deadbeat dad!), there should be more than just a few good moments. Here are the main problems, in no particular order:
1) Brandon Routh is not a good Superman. When he is Clark Kent, he mostly closely resembles Max Fisher from `Rushmore.' But Max Fisher would have been a better actor. The worst thing is, and I don't know this was Routh's idea or Singer's, but he does a note-for-note impersonation of Christopher Reeves. IMO this is just plain ghoulish, considering that the beloved Reeves died just 2 years before this movie. The various James Bond actors have all played the character with at least slight differences. Each actor playing Superman has, up to this point, played the character very differently: Kirk Allyn, George Reeves, Christopher Reeve, and Dean Caine each brought a different interpretation of the character. Why in heaven's name Singer had Routh simply ape Reeves is beyond all comprehension, unless Routh is simply so horrible an actor that he could not be allowed to make the role his own. On the plus side, Brandon Routh has caused me to give greater respect to Kirk Allyn, and to put George Reeves and Christopher Reeve upon even higher pedestals.
2) Kate Bosworth is simply the weakest, blandest, most boring Lois Lane ever. Not only is there no chemistry with Routh, she has no chemistry with anyone. She appears simply to have been cast for physical attractiveness and demographic appeal. But on the upside, she enhances my already great appreciation of Noel Niell, Phyllis Coates, and Margot Kidder.
3) Kevin Spacey is usually a good actor, and I guess you could say he gives a good performance here, but ultimately I think he is not quite what Lex Luthor should be. But maybe if he'd had a decent script. I don't object to Luthor being played as a closeted gay, Lyle Talbot played Luthor that way in the 1950 movie serial. But ultimately Spacey is a little camp in the role, even more camp than Gene Hackman in 1978.
4) Ultimately, the script is bad. [SPOILER ALERT:] As much as it must have simply reeked with dramatic temptations, the idea that shortly after bedding Lois, Superman would just fly off into space for 5 years is absurd and offensive. The real Superman, being raised on Kansas farm, would have too much Midwestern sexual guilt to permit him to just desert Lois for 5 years while she incubates his baby and marries someone else. This is creepy. Also, there is a scene in which Superman uses his X-ray vision to spy at Lois, her husband and baby in their home. I'm sorry, but Superman should not be a Superstalker.
5) Speaking of the script, there is a lack of internal logic regarding kryptonite. [SPOILER ALERT:] Supposedly the kryptonite in Luthor's artificial island makes Superman as weak as drugged kitten. Yet 15 minutes later, Superman is supposedly able to lift the whole daggum island up and carry it into outer space.
6) There is the reuse of Marlon Brando's voice and John Williams' musical score from the 1978 Superman movie. While these things were good in the original context, in this film they, along with his star's attempt to channel Christopher Reeve serve to create the impression that Bryan Singer really has nothing new to add to the Superman mythos, that he is flailing blindly here, creating sound and fury, but signifying nothing.
And that is the thing. Nothing that is new in this film is any good, and all the good things were already done in various, earlier celluloid incarnations. And so, the upside is that this DVD has sent me happily back the `Adventures of Superman' TV show. You are far better off viewing those concise and charming episodes than in owning this pretentious piece of grave robbery.
- The End Of The SUPERMAN Movie Franchise!
I watched it with anticipation for a possible great film,instead it was a very bad SUPERMAN movie! Kevin Spacey is a great actor but there's only one LEX LUTHOR and that it Gene Hackman,just like Kate Bosworth,she's a terrible actress! Well, Margot Kidder was a terrible actress as well but at least she was a better LOIS LANE! I don't know who Brandon Routh is but he tried too hard to be CLARK KENT/SUPERMAN but as everyone has said it Christopher Reeve was the better actor/character! ...more info
- How many f's in catastrophe?
No offense to Brian Singer because I really did enjoy the X-Men movies, but I still don't understand who decided that re-making Superman was a good idea. Even more obvious in my head then Micheal Keaton is Batman, Christopher Reeve *is* Superman. It took the phenomenal talent of Christian Bale to shift the idea of who The Batman could be and make me believe it. How could any less be expected of the next actor to fill Reeve's blue tights.
What Christopher Reeve did was to create two separate and individual characters who just happened to be played by the same actor, and although we occasionally see them merge together for a moment or two, brief reminders that Clark Kent is Superman in disguise, it's that dedication to playing them as total polar opposites that makes Reeve's Superman iconic.
Unfortunately, as hot as he is, all Brandon Routh did was to remind me that he isn't Christopher Reeve. He looked the part well enough and mimicked Reeve's performance close enough that I didn't throw popcorn at the screen, but there was nothing that made me think, oh, yes, he is Superman. I was entertained, but mostly I just thought of how much better Christopher Reeve was in the part.
Kate Bosworth never even came close to Margot Kidder's Lois Lane, but then I never expected her to and so there was no real disappointment. It looked like they tried to age Bosworth into the part, which only made her look like a teenager playing dress-up. I didn't believe her as a mother for one minute, but doesn't necessarily require age to make believable. Acting chops, however, would have helped.
The rest of the cast was mostly negligible. I didn't care for the attempt at externalizing the love triangle between Kent, Lois and Superman by introducing James Marsden as Lois's capable, hunky Superman-esque fiance. He was, I think, meant to represent a melding of the two characters and I found that extraneous. Because of the type of film it was, I wasn't expecting Lois to leave her fianc¨¦ for the Man of Steel and without at least the hint of that possibility, we loose a lot of narrative tension.
Gene Hackman continues to reign supreme as Lex Luthor. Kevin Spacey did nothing to convince me of otherwise. I did, however, adore Parker Posey as Luthor's Pomeranian carrying girlfriend, Kitty. I was initially reminded of Miss Tesmacher in the original Superman, but that didn't last for long. Parker's ditzy, emaciated brunette was just screwball enough to make me forget (or forgive) her similarities to Miss Tesmacher.
Overall, I was surprised that I didn't hate Superman Returns, that I was just entertained enough to watch it til the end and was even invested in him recovering, like we knew he would, from the Kryptonite poisoning (How he managed to lift that giant coral reef of Kryptonite and hurl it into space, I will never understand, especially considering how it was COVERED with Kryptonite AND he had Kryptonite fragments still in his body -- but oh well, handwave, as they say).
Maybe if there hadn't been so many successful re-inventions of the Superman mythology then I would have been more satisfied with the movie. I don't, for example, ever compare Smallville with the Superman movie franchise, or Tom Welling with Christopher Reeve. In my mind they are two different things. Same goes for differences between the films and the cartoons (Animated Series and Justice League). I can only lay blame at the feet of a movie that invoked a superior film without successfully reimagining it into something new and fresh....more info
- A Super Blunder
Superman leaves Earth for 5 years? Lois Lane hooks up with another guy? Superman fathers a child? Three absurdities that would never happen in the Superman universe, yet Bryan Singer gave us all of them in the dark, depressing and ridiculous Superman Returns. Brandon Routh is adequate as the Man of Steel and the special effects are top-notch, but neither is enough to save this sagging and sorry addition to the Superman film legacy. Morose and miscast, a film to avoid. ...more info
- I Want Lex Luthor's Boat
I thought the original Christopher Reeve movie had its moments, but reversing time was just too stupid for me to take it seriously. I didn't watch the Salkinds finish killing the franchise, although I did read about the destruction on the Agony Booth website, where they treat me like kryptonite. And as a child, I thought the comics were just stupid. Thus, I was hesitant to see this. But one of my Chinese students, whose English name is Bruce Wayne, said he preferred it to BATMAN BEGINS. I love BATMAN BEGINS. So even though Bruce Wayne's loose lips gave me one of the big plot spoilers, I decided I oughta watch it anyway. Then, in Thailand, Jan gave my DVD to a student before I had the chance. No matter. I found another last week.
Superman has always required a willing suspension of disbelief that's been difficult for me to pull off. The flaws in his secret identity really come to light when Superman and Clark Kent both return from five-year absences, and look much alike, and nobody notices.
His supersuit is never harmed by the stresses of his lifestyle but yields to Martha Kent's scissors, needle and thread. It's creepy watching him spy on people with super-hearing and X-ray vision, not for some "greater good" that he has no right to judge, but rather to sort out his love life. Being invincible is boring, kryptonite is contrived, and why were doctors giving him oxygen when he flies through space and apparently doesn't need to breathe?
But Lex Luthor finally makes sense to me. I love his boat.
On the whole, a fresh approach, a good reimagining of the Superman concept, and a watchable movie. But I won't be rushing out looking for any sequels.
- The "S" on his chest stands for sucks
Honestly, I am a man of steel fan. I loved Superman I & II and even own the Richard Donner Cut of II. However, this is a disgrace to the man of steel. How dare they make Superman a dad, let along a dead-beat dad. It also brings to mind one of the worst lines in movie history, "I forgotten how warm you are." Everyone in the theater laughed at that. What, is Lois Lane in a competition with Anakin Skywalker at who can be the sappiest? Gag.
As for the plot, eerily seems like Superman: The Movie's plot only instead of knocking California into the ocean They end up building land in the ocean. Same freakin' difference.
This movie is an embarrassment. Don't watch it. Watch Superman I & II and like all other Supes sequels just pretend this abomination didn't happen. If there were a way to give negative stars I will. I hated this movie so much I went back to smoking. Thanks....more info
- Hi Def????
I rated this movie 5 star... I like this movie very much. I own both version DVD and the Blu Ray version.
But what dissappoint me is the picture quality of the Blu Ray version. I do comparison between both format, absolutely no difference.
So for them who Superman big fan who already own the DVD version, just save your money. Absolutely no worthy to own the Bluray version....more info
- Very fine movie
Great movie and it is made better with the fact that it is in HD...more info
- REVIEW FOR MOVIE
THIS IS AN EXCELLENT MOVIE AND MY GRANDKIDS LOVE WATCHING IT.IT WAS A GOOD PURCHASE.NANCY...more info
I was so upset over how badly done this movie was I cried. It's an example of what not to do when restarting a franchise. First they pull on the heart-strings and feelings of nostalgia by using Marlon Brando's voice overs and the original John Williams theme. Unfortunately, they then inflict on us a plot with holes and hire good actors but give them horrible dialogue and scenarios to work with. Stitching it together with CGI doesn't make it good.
There's no uplifting feeling at the end of the movie. Such films and heros should pull us out of ourselves and remind us of what we should strive for and can try to achieve. Otherwise, what's the point?
This movie is not what Superman is about. Pick up the comic books or re-watch Christopher Reeves first Superman film, you'll be better off. And for those of you who want "realism" there's plenty of pain and strife and struggle in the comics, without resorting to what this film did. ...more info
- I wish he didn't
I only watched half of the movie and overall I was not happy.The versions starring the late Christopher Reeve were even better.I'm not taking anything away from Kevin Spacey as Lex Luthor,he is a good actor,but I like Gene Hackman better.Also,this movie I hear didn't do well like the previous ones.Why?I think the studio rushed this movie out to the public who are still mourning the death of Christopher Reeve.Kate Bosworth and Brandon Routh are in fact too young to play their roles,they should had casted even more older stars.The good thing I like about the movie was the openning credits using John Williams version of the first movie.Attention Bryan Singer,next time make sure you make more movies that are good....more info
- Too much posing and melancholy
When I originally saw the movie in the movie theathers back in 2006, I remember it had enough qualities to make it a good popcorn movie but ultimately it felt kind of empty.
My main issues with the movie are that it's bogged down by the melancholy that's portrayed by the alienation of Superman and I did not buy Brandon Routh on the screen as Superman.
How many times do we have to see Superman standing alone above the city in front of a setting sun appearing to be deep in-thought as a Christ-like figure?? Instead of sludging through the movie like it's some sort of melodrama, why don't you have the most powerful being on the planet take on a problem with a much wider scope, more powerful villians (e.g. Brainiac/Doomsday), and more action with the tempo picking up at the end of the movie instead of another plot with Lex Luthor coming across more Kryptonite to use against Superman.
As for Brandon Routh, the only time I found him to be believable in the movie was the first 15 minutes when he portrayed the Smallville/Kansas version of Clark Kent. When the movie progressed to Metroplis, I felt like he was trying to imitate Christopher Reeve's version of Superman. I believe he should have abandoned the nebbish/comical take that Reeve perfected in his movies and should have played Clark with more originality. Also, he never demonstrated the proper amount of authority (or maturity) and charisma when he was Superman. When he ran down the street, taking off his work clothes and showing the "S" on his costume, he looked like a nervous wet-behind-the-ears kid...instead of looking like the confident modern-day Hercules who's grown into being Superman.
I just hope for Man of Steel, they correct these issues and develop a movie that does Superman justice. ...more info
- A surprise in the story
This movie has a good plot twist that is revealed when one of the henchmen is killed by a piano. The other good thing about this movie is Kate Bosworth, who with black hair looks a bit like Norah Jones. The movie lights up whenever she is on screen. On the downside, the special effects are a bit murky. Kevin Spacey is not that good in the movie. He sucks the life of the movie (which is Kate Bosworth) when he shouts "Wrong!" at Kate when she brings up Superman in their conversation. Parker Posey has a poor role in the movie: at one point, Kate's character (Lois Lane) calls her a hooker. As far as the rest of the plot goes, there are some unanswered questions. When Lex Luthor's executes on his idea to wipe out all of America, Superman only saves a few people in his city. What happens to the rest of the country? We are not shown....more info
- Better than the originals
As blasphemous as it might be to say it, I like this cast, this director, this film a good deal more than the original. Metropolis feels like it did in the 1930's cartoons. Superman flies and soars as he never has. Lois Lane is bitchy, as she should be. Lex Luthor is perfectly sinister. But I think jimmy is the best cast of them all, personally.
This is a film to add to your blu-ray collection for sure. No questions asked. It may not be the perfect film but it is beautiful to look at and well acted. Brian Singer gave up X-Men 3 to do this one and I think it shows. X-Men 3 was awful and Superman Returns was excellent....more info
- Question about this release
I would like to know if anyone has bought a copy of SUPERMAN RETURNS (Blu-ray with TrueHD) from one of the third-party sellers here and if they received the correct copy (with the proper audio)....more info
This only just merits 3 stars. It really is far too long, and loses a star for that. It loses another star for the frequent and painfully obvious use of CGI and if I was being unkind it would lose more for its over sentimental and sugary styling. How much music with heavenily choirs and strings are we expected to take?
I wasn't especially impressed by Brandon Routh, who was clearly copying the Christopher Reeve formula but he was wooden by comparison. The best by far was Kevin Spacey, but he wasn't given a lot to do. The films I've seen that have been directed by Bryan Singer have in general been very good, for me this is his first failure.
By all means buy it, if you can get it very cheap, but its not worth spending much on! ...more info
- it takes more brains to be batman,it`s more fun to be superman
Superman Returns is a very good film that could have been better.It is a very spiritual,emotional and magical film.Superman has the POWER OF THE GODS.He is like an angel from heaven wth superhuman strength and power that he uses to protect himself, save people and fight evil.Superhuman strength and power come from a SUPERNATURAL GOD.The airplane sequence is exhilerating and spectacular.Brandon Routh is perfect as superman,Kevin Spacey is excellent as Lex Luthor.Bryan Singer is a genius film director.I wish Kate Bosworth looked like Victoria Silvstedt or Elle Macpherson or Bollywood Indian film actress Ishaa Koppikar then Superman would have a very beautifull and attractive Lois Lane.Superman returns is very romantic and entertaining.The part when Superman tells lois she says "the world doesn`t need a savior",but every day" I keep hearing them cry out for one" is touching.Superman Returns is a great supernatural,fantasy film.Highlander,Wishmaster 4,and Superman Returns satisfy people`s hunger for spiritual entertainment.Superman is immortal,invincible and more powerfull than the HULK.
- Not the best
I am still a fan of Chrirtopher Reeve. Although this was a good attempt at ressurecting the series, it was still missing the action the the older movies had....more info
- brilliant, brilliant, brilliant
i won't expend a huge amount of energy praising this film - others have done so far better than i could.
i remember the first time i saw "superman the movie" as a child, and this amazing film succeeds as a most unsual hybrid of sequel, homage and, in some ways, a quasi-remake of the original film.
popular opinion tends to hold that "superman II" is a classic film, but watching it through adult eyes, you'd be hard-pressed to seriously argue that case. a fine idea, with fantastic sequences - but a hammy train-wreck of a movie, as mangled after the dismissal of original director richard donner.
i can only imagine that the inexplicable complaints about "superman returns," and the absurd statements of it being amongst the worst films ever made, come from the same folks who can't take a critical view of "superman II" and its ultimately embarrassing idiocy.
"superman returns" echoes the dignified tone and character-driven emotionality of the original film, and does so with grace and respect for the source material. the casting of lois lane might be my only criticism, but brandon routh, kevin spacey, frank langella, and the rest of the cast step into their roles as if they'd played them the first time around.
to those who didn't "get it" and would rather express over-the-top criticisms, without backing them up with intelligent explanation or examples, please stop trying to be film critics. your inability to objectively critique or string together coherent opinions should be cause for nothing less than embarrassment.
if you are a fan of the first christopher reeve film, i strongly urge you to sit dow and take in the beauty of "superman returns," the only proper sequel to the original classic....more info
- Didn't do it for me
I purchased this as a gift for my Superman-crazed younger brother, but I couldn't get past about 45 minutes into it. I found it slow, unexciting, and didn't feel the acting was very strong. Definitely nowhere near the level Christpher Reeve played Superman/Clark Kent, though I'm not sure anyone could top him....more info
- Superman Saves the Day!
Saw this on cable and my little boy discovered Superman. Had to get it for him to keep and he loves it. It's a little long for kids- he usually does not make it through the whole film. But it's pretty tame as far as violence and focuses on being good and doing the right thing. Good messages for kids....more info
- HD DVD was a disapointemt.
I bought this movie mainly for the HD part. But it was the worst HD dvd I ever seen. The picture quality is just like a regular standard dvd or worst. The picture is not clear and vivid like a true HD dvd. I had other movies that are regular dvd and had a better picture quality than this movie when it's upconverted to HD. Not recommended for HD....more info
- Green bad
I didn't go into this film with any expectations, and ultimately I thought it carried the torch fairly well, in spirit. There was enough overlap from the original film to fill in the storyline without clinging unnecessarily to its coattails. Whether the story progression in this film would align with the comic universe itself... I have my doubts. If you are a stickler for the die hard comic characters, this film will not live up to your expectations.
I did not find Brandon Routh to be a particularly stand out talent. I've never seen him in anything else. He seemed to be moving along the plot without making any real contribution. Spacey and Parker were quite the caricatures of their roles, all but stealing the film for their villainous depictions. Even with them, though, I felt like they were doing the best they could with a weak script. Bosworth played a fairly subdued Lane, but in the end she came across more one-dimensional to me than just hyper focused on her work ethic while trying to hide a fiery passion for blue tights. In fact, she came off flat out cold in her interactions with her son, the enigma of which is deciphering who his real father is. With that interjection of doubt shadowing the little one you would think that with all this overwhelming love we are supposed to believe that she feels, that she would show a little more compassion to her son. The majority of the characters were so bland that in the end I found myself not really caring if some of the principals didn't make it. In fact, it would have been more in keeping with the canon storyline if... well. You just have to see it.
The plot moved somewhat slowly in the middle, with quite a few leaps in logic (or flat out misinterpretations of the original Superman mythos) conveying it through its shallow and open climax. There were no particularly dazzling special effects but the CGI maintained the comic vividness rather well. Honestly I spent most of this film working out contradictions in my mind regarding collective consciousness, archetypes and which came first--the broken planet or the displaced hero, but I wouldn't expect those to convey well in a film review. =)...more info
- Not like this, not this way
There's no chemistry between Clark and Lois, there's no depth between these 2 leading characters. No wonder why Brandon has so few lines in the entire movie. He and Kate have the charm of a kitchen table.
Stay away from this boring movie, especially if you're a comic book fan....more info
- Nice Tribute to Previous Movie
My husband and I are both Superman fans, and our young children are starting to like superheroes. I thought this movie was a nice tribute to the Christopher Reeve version of a beginning Superman story. The only thing I thought odd was that Lois Lane was married and had a child. I'm not sure I liked that since Lois and Clark Kent are supposed to end up together. I guess they were trying to appeal to more age groups by adding a child to the mix, but they missed the target on trying to appeal to family values. Anyway..I loved the familiar music and felt that was a great tribute to the previous movie. The mannerisms and acting style of the Superman character also paid tribute to Christopher Reeve. The changes in storyline didn't bother me at all and I felt the movie was interesting with great special effects. Overall, I liked it and felt it was a tribute to a previously great Superman saga. ...more info
- Superman Returns...sort of.
Its not that I didn't enjoy this movie. I liked it enough to buy it. Its just not the grand reboot of the franchise that I had hoped for. I understand things have to change and people have to change, but I just didn't see this as a movie to begin a whole new chapter of the man in blue. I now read online that the next movie will not even have Routh recast. So, now that you've restarted the thing you switch the central character casting already? I think the Batman reboot was handled much better. All that being said, the movie is really enjoyable in its own light. The HD audio and video are great as well, if you can take advantage of that....more info
- The is Bizarro Superman
This movie is awful. It does not have that romantic
"Somewhere in Time" kind of feel, that that other
Superman movie had, called, Superman the Movie,
starring Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder.
In this movie, the theme is not one of fidelity,
and True Love, but one of suspicion, jealousy, and
"He might be yours".
Even the Fortress of Solitude looks dirty, like
Superman had trouble finding the bathroom.
And when he walks upon the Space Shuttle, slowly,
in a non-chalant manner, with no "need for speed",
it is really creepy.
Instead of this film, find the original theatrical
release of Superman the Movie, on DVD: I think you
can only obtain it as a package of four. Keep the
one, and throw the other three dvds away, for you
won't miss them. ...more info
- Why we ALL need Superman
Superman is by far my favorite superhero and best onscreen adaptation of all the comic book characters. I have been a fan of the original Superman and was quite skeptic of this movie knowing that the great Christopher Reeve will not be Superman, but the movie did justice to the originals. It is visually stunning and has everything a Superman movie should have. Brandon Routh had an eerie resemblance to Reeve which mad him totally convincing as Superman almost immediately for me. Also Lex Luthor played by Kevin Spacey was genius! This movie is definitely a great addition to the Superman legacy. ...more info
- Is it TrueHD Audio? Yes!
I recently re-purchased this movie because mine was just Dolby 5.1. You just can't have that with a movie like this. Dolby 5.1 sounds like you're watching a movie at home, while truehd audio sounds like you're at the theatre. Obviously, the better your home theatre system, the more apparent the difference. Yes, though, this is in fact dolby truehd, and is worth buying again....more info
- Christopher Reeves turns in his grave on this one
This movie was a sad endeavor. I saw it with a few friends of mine and we all fell asleep about 20 minutes in. It was as dull as dull can be with the only saving grace being the special affects. The bullet in the eye - very cool and the plane landing. Other than that - pathetic. And yes, you would think that someone like Bryan Singer whose X-MEN 1 and 2 were excellent could have done something great with this, however it was a train wreck. Weak story + great special affects = bad movie....more info
- A Vision of Superman that taps into deep spiritual questions -- and is great for group discussion!
Most comic fans I've met in the last couple of years really like this new movie vision of "Superman" -- and that's high praise because comic fans, like myself, are a pretty skeptical lot when it comes to our beloved heroic icons.
But there's an important aspect to this particular film version that keeps cropping up in discussions, because I'm a journalist who specializes in reporting on the impact of spirituality in people's lives. Over and over again, people tell me that this movie made them think about their faith and their values concerning social responsibility. That's remarkable for a heavy-duty action flick loaded with special effects.
There are thousands of small-discussion groups in congregations across the U.S. looking for ways to kick start their conversations. I'd strongly suggest that groups think of watching this film together and talking about the issues it raises. I know you'll have fun with it -- and countless fans of the film have told me that's precisely where this tale of high-adventure took them....more info
- Best deal. great quality!
I couldn't find this DVD in Wal-Mart (believe that?), so I went on Amazon and found it for this great price (about $6.00) BRAND NEW! It works great. I have no complaints at this time....more info