Starring: Brandon Routh, Kate Bosworth and Kevin
Directed by Bryan Singer
Music by John Ottman
Brandon Routh Interview
Kevin Spacey Interview
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Documentaries:Requiem for Krypton: Making Superman Returns - a
comprehensive 3-hour documentary that takes you behind the scenes
onto the set of Superman Returns - if you're into how films are
made, reason enough to buy this dvd.
Bluntly speaking? Bryan Singer, of X-Men directing fame, tackles
his role of reviving Superman by paying a heavy homage to the
Donner films before him. So, basically, it the same film we’ve
seen, with a new Superman, a smarmier Lex Luthor, and super expensive
visuals. Basically, Superman Returns is just
one of those remakes that folks thought they really really wanted…till
they saw it.
goes… Superman (Brandon Routh) comes back from his soul
searching journey in the outer limits (we pick up where the last
film left off – it’s the old switching of the Darrens
trick, as there's new fella in the tighties - obviously - we accept
and are hopeful…).
also steps back into life as mild mannered Clark Kent. The problem
is, Lois Lane (Kate Bosworth), apparently miffed by SM’s
insta-departure delved into an immediate serious relationship
with Richard White (toast James Marsden). Richard is is also Daily
Planet editor Perry White's (Frank Langella), son. As if this
were all not “As the the World Turns,” enough for
you…Lois has a son. A son who seems suspiciously close in
birth day to about nine-ish months postnatal Superman's sudden
villain de Jour, Lex Luthor (Kevin Spacey). Lex got a get outta
jail free card on a pesky technicality, and has not skipped a
beat in his desire for wealth and power. He also has, what he
believes, is the perfect plan for gathering that power…he’s
gonna steal Superman’s.
course Lex's evil Plan3 involves a cool glacier chamber, holograms
and a real estate deal that would make Trump froth-like-a-frenzied-lemur.
But, story-wise were you really expecting Proust here kids?
fly about a bit, and viola Lex and Superman must come to toes-n-wits
again, while Lois starts to warm up to the disappearing Dudley
Doright. Sure, he took off on her for years, without so much as
a goodbye, but manoschevitz, look at how super he looks in that
of…super. Brandon Routh (whose name rhymes with south) is a handsome
guy. He’s about six feet two of man-as-god-intended. Yum. He had
some big tights to fill, and he did a great job.
Problem is Kevin Spacey is in the film. Now here's a
McCutey that can sneeze villain. Plus, it's always fun to watch
the mental cogs work with this fella. His latest role is one of
those cookiecutter comic rats who's known for his rather meglomaniacal
missions. Of course, Lex Luthor is a smart sleek sneak, so he's
a purrfect sheath for our beloved little Keysor turned philanthropic
chap Kev. The would-be-cookiecutter casting has been cast off
here kids. In fact Lex fits Kev so well, the two (the yin and
yang of Spacey's soul) really stole the film.
Bosworth is a bit too beautiful for Lois Lane, in my humble all
knowing opinion. The kid can act though, and behind her blinding
beauty she held her own with a tired story, and bounding manly
The story is super paced in the last third, and too dumb to stay
with. Especially the final battle scenes,where they have that
no-one-else-is-in-the-vicinity-as the worl is rescued from inhilation
- sure, she said in her most cynical Bogart smirk, "Off the
coast of New York City there's no one out in those waters."
Argggh. Screenewriters earn your dough damn it - go watch a Charlie
Kaufman film and study. The score by Blunt fave John Ottman is
recommendation: Spinach and protein drinks natch