Friday, June 30, 2006

Superman Returns

My brother and I finally got to catch this today after missing the first two showings we tried to make. But it was well worth the wait. I'm not going to go into a lot of detail because someone has already said almost everything I felt about the movie.

Cary Kelley reviewed the movie for, and you can read that review by clicking the post title. Be warned, there are spoilers throughout the review and this post.

As I said, I agree pretty much with his take on it, though I didn't think the changes were quite as drastic as he made them out to be. Regardless, it was a great movie.

The only thing I didn't like about the movie was that at points it dragged on a bit. And while Superman was a slightly darker, and definitely more relateable character, which I think is a positive change, I still thought the movie in and of itself kept the essence of the originals.
Sure, it was updated with modern CGI and all that jazz, but the overall visual presentation echoed those first two wonderful Superman films. When the credits start rolling in the same way they did in the first two films and set to that same famous John Williams score, you can't help but to get giddy if you are the slightest bit of a fan.

Spacey as Luthor was perfect. He seemed to channel Gene Hackman and a little of Michael Rosenbaum and combined them together to make the maniacal Luthor we all know and love.

While I questioned the other actors at first, I have to admit they all completely sold me on them. Routh as Kent was like watching Reeve, it was so dead on. He even had that same tone of voice and same inflection. It was pure magic. As Superman, not quite the same heroic majesty that Reeve personified, but still very fitting. And you know what, the costume didn't even look bad on screen.

Kate Bosworth as Lois was the one that worried me the most, but aside from appearing much younger, she nailed the character and even took her to new levels. I actually preferred her over Margot Kidder.

Jimmy and Perry were great and really added to the film experience. And Marsden was an excellent addition to the cast and played his part very well.

While there were seeds throughout the movie, the whole idea of Supes having a son was not something I expected going in. I stayed away from spoilers prior to the movie, so it took me by surprise.

Seeing Superman in a new light as a somewhat tragic hero now grounded him while still maintaining his majestic aura. I personally think the movie humanized him while still making his character something to aspire to.

Great, great movie, and I'm kind of glad Singer left X-Men to do it. Yes, X-3 suffered because of it, but we got a really great and faithful Superman film that for me lived up to expectations.

And that would be my final word (and yes, it seems like I did go into a lot of detail after all), but one preview prior to the movie really relates to this subject. And no, not the Spider-Man 3 trailer, which was even better seeing it on the big screen.

But no, I'm talking about Hollywoodland (I think that's what it was called), which is the story about the supposed suicide of George Reeves, the guy who played Superman on the old TV show. While I question Ben Affleck playing and incarnation of Superman, the movie had that whole true crime, noir sense about it that really set it apart and made it very intriguing. Should be another good movie.



hicko said...

I thoroughly enjoyed myself at SR. It's a shame Singer couldn't do both X Men 3 and Superman because X3 really did suffer.

Brant W. Fowler said...

I agree, man, I would have loved him to direct both. But that's the way it goes I guess.

hicko said...

Sounds like we do think a little alike. You're profile says you work in the media, what do you do? Glad you enjoyed the post, sometimes I am capable of writing semi-inspired stuff. Fell free to get in touch if you want to talk further.
By the way, keep an eye on those tummy problems, let me tell you that you don't want problems in there!