“How Superman Got His Groove Back”

— June 27th, 2006 —

My friends and I went to go see a preview showing of “Superman Returns” — that just concluded as of… ten minutes ago. So, I figured that I’d write a review about it. There may be a few spoilers in it, so if you don’t want to read it — click on the X.

I’ll start off by saying — “DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE” — this movie is not going to conjure up old feelings of the 1978, Richard Donner helmed original. Brandon Routh, who has Christopher Reeves characteristics is uncharacteristic in this piece. Not saying that he’s bad, it’s just that the performance was more action driven as opposed to allowing the actors to actually emote.

That is a signature that Bryan Singer holds dear. The ability to craft such wonderfully created action sequences that are seamlessly held together by that fact. The CGI and whatnot are what drive this movie. …Well, that, the vague sexual references, and the fact that Singer swagger-jacked the original (blatantly) draws the audience into the world of Metropolis.

The same world that went without the All American Hero for five years as he looked for his home planet, Krypton. The plot is really what drags the viewer down this almost three-hour dribble. Lex Luthor wants to do what, with what, so he can have that?! Pointless. It’s understandable that Singer signed on to helm such an iconic figure such as Superman. Even more that he was trying to string this one alongside “Superman II.” But, to have such a weak plot held together by a semi-interesting, yet-complicated twist, climaxed by a uber-sorry ending — I don’t know if I’d be looking forward to the sequel.

2.5 out of 5.

But what I am looking forward to is that new Spiderman 3 — already the trailer has me fiending for the next year to arrive. Still bummed out the villains aren’t Venom and Carnage, but — you can’t have everything you want.

You can view the trailer, here!

Or directly… here…

I know, I know — I wrote about Superman before I talked about my New York trip. But I’m about to do that next — stay tuned!


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