Let’s get the personal stuff out of the way first. I’ve been gone for quite a while. Although I’d like to say I’ve been busy, I can’t. My reason’s are varied and pointless when it comes to this blog. If you are interested at all, please feel free to read more about my lackadaisical nature here.
Now, on to the review.
I do wish I could say it was planned, but completely by chance I have chosen to review “Superman Returns”. It has taken me this long to finally watch the movie. Sure, I’ve seen pieces of it here and there, but I’ve never actually taken the time to watch this reboot of the Superman movie franchise from start to end. Now, I have and I think it holds up quite well.
First, we have Brandon Routh as the Man of Steel himself. While he’s not a newcomer, he was a virtual unknown. What he really had going for himself in the audition process was the fact that he has a remarkable resemblance to Christopher Reeve. Oh, and the guy can act. I’m sure that helped.
Brandon’s acting is stellar as Superman. It’s the little things that make it. My favorite thing was seeing all the little touches he added, that extreme quirky klutziness he gives Clark Kent; just like Reeve did so brilliantly in the 1978 version. There’s that sly grin and the slightest eyebrow twitch when the bullet bounces off his eyeball and he and the thug with the gatling gun watch the bullet fall to the roof they are standing on.
Speaking of that bullet to the eye, I can’t get away without mentioning the special effects and visual style of this film. It looks absolutely gorgeous. The cinematography is beautiful (as well it should be with the Panavision Genesis doing the work). But, for me that’s not what makes this a good movie. It’s Superman, you’re going to have amazing visual effects (we’ll discount the supercomputer robot from “Superman III”). Why let that take over a review?
When the press kicked in to full gear on this “reboot” (that still managed to be a sequel), and it was announced that Kate Bosworth was playing intrepid reporter Lois Lane, I didn’t see it. But, now that I’ve seen the movie, I must say she did a great job (she’s a marvelous actress, of course, but I couldn’t make the connection to her as Lois until I saw it on screen).
Frank Langella. What can I say about Frank Langella? Probably not a lot that hasn’t been said before. He has such a quiet grace about him. And as Perry White he is almost the opposite of Spider-Man’s J. Jonah Jameson. When Superman stops the falling Daily Planet globe, and Langella says the classic Perry White catchphrase, “Great Caesar’s Ghost”, he just knocks it home.
Also, I have to mention Kevin Spacey and Parker Posey. Spacey plays a perfect Lex Luthor. Especially one who’s turned so incredibly bitter after 5 years in prison. His plan is slightly reminiscent of the 1978 plot, but this time he’s using Jor-El’s crystals with a dash of Kryptonite to create a new land-mass that he owns. Parker, as Kitty, plays the quintessential Luthor-clinging femme-fatale. And, like a good Luthor gal-Friday, she turns on him when she finds out Lex’s plan is going to kill people.
With all the trials and tribulations this production has gone through since it was decided to do another Superman movie, Bryan Singer really pulled things together to make a great movie. Let’s hope we have not seen the last of Superman on the big screen and that he doesn’t get the Joel Schumacher treatment EVER!
And ending with the signature Christopher Reeve fly-out? YES!
Oh, one more thing before I sign off, I know DC wants to follow the Marvel plan of creating a Justice League picture after introducing all the characters solo. I would like to send a plea to DC Comics and whoever is in charge of their feature film division:
Before you take all the time and energy to work on a Justice League movie, plan it right. Don’t make it before all the solo stories are done, and consider making a World’s Finest movie before that. You have Superman, you have Batman, make it happen.
William, the Movie Nerdfighter
who still kind of wishes the Kevin Smith script was produced, but thinks this was a good way to “reboot” the franchise.