Excerpt: "Superman Returns" features great performances, cool special effects, and beautiful imagery. Fans may be surprised to find it's more of a love story than an action film. Long time Superman fans will also see a lot of similarities to the 1978 Richard Donner film, for better or worse.
Excerpt: Superman learns that his home planet of Krypton might still exist, so he takes off in search of it without letting anyone but Ma Kent know. It takes about five years before he finds that nothing is left and returns back to earth. Lois Lane has moved on, becoming engaged to Richard White (James Marsden), Perry White's nephew, and she's also gone and gotten preggers.
Conclusion: Superman Returns isn't the crowd-pleasing reinvention many hoped it would be, but it is an above average genre pic that boasts a pair of exceptional performances from Routh and Spacey. Currently, there are two Blu-ray editions available on the market: Warner's original 2006 release (with standard Dolby Digital mix), and a 2008 re-release with lossless and uncompressed audio tracks.
Conclusion: Superman Returns isn't the crowd-pleasing reinvention many hoped it would be, but it is an above average genre pic that boasts a pair of exceptional performances from Routh and Spacey. Just beware: this 2006 Blu-ray edition has been replaced by a 2008 re-release that features lossless and uncompressed audio tracks. If you have any desire to add Singer's film to your collection, be sure to order this disc's superior replacement instead. Did you find this review helpful?
Excerpt: Superheroes are iconic figures, and filmmakers can't seem to resist the urge to reinvent them. Early drafts of Batman Begins redrew Bruce Wayne's butler Alfred as a black car mechanic named "Big Al", and Kevin Smith had audiences in stitches while running through the robot spiders and polar bear fights that he was forced to shoehorn into his treatment for the long-in-development hell Superman Returns .
Excerpt: When the opening credits blast across the screen in Superman Returns using the same time honored whooshing style made famous by Richard Donner back in 1978, it's a giddy moment; alive and filled with the sheer power of the Man of Steel. When Bryan Singer's name flies across the picture with his directed by credit, you get the sense that seeing his name there, that way, is something he's been waiting for all his life.
Excerpt: The voice of Marlon Brando, lifted from his performance as Superman's father Jor-El in 1978's Superman , opens the immense new revival Superman Returns , echoing through the heavens with a godlike authority. What he says isn't that important—in fact, his mush-mouthed musings sound a little like Apocalypse Now outtakes—but this nod to the original film sets a tone of pop classicism that's rare in modern superhero movies.
Excerpt: Det var ett tag sedan superhjälten i den blå kroppsstrumpan och det röda kalsongerna syntes i någon allvarligare form. Det gick en hemsk serie på TV för ett antal år sedan men den mådde jag mest bra av att låta bli att se.
Pros: Superman är tillbaka + Snygga actionscener + Röda kalsonger! + Kevin Spacey som Lex