Monday, July 24, 2006

Watch It - Superman Returns

To be clear, I am a huge Superman fan and I probably would have gone to see this movie even if Nicholas Cage was playing the title role. I would have been violently ill the whole time, but I would have gone. In case you didn’t know, he was up for the lead role at one point. Yeah… scary. So putting the fanboy in me aside let me try to give a fair assessment. Superman Returns is definitely a good movie that respects the characters (for the most part) and does a good job of updating Superman for the 21st century while providing a good movie experience whether you know the mythos or not. Is it Superman-circa-1978 good? No, but its close. Is Brandon Routh a good Superman. Yes… but he plays Superman as more aloof and alien than Reeve did which, to me, was dissappointing. Whether you’re a comic book fan or not, you get a lot of entertainment for the price of admission. A great story built around love and adventure featuring one of America’s most loved icons. Oh… and there is an interesting twist as well that paves the way for an interesting sequal. Fans will also love the little nods to the previous films and comicbooks.


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