A little bit of light relief
So I figured I started out my blog rather ranty, hell theres alot to rant about. I'm turning into one of those grumpy old men....anyway!!
To lighten the mood a little just thought I'd pass on my mini-review of Superman Returns, the remake/sequel/whatever of the old Christopher Reeves/DC comics classics from the 80's.Firstly, genius!! some nice touches on the opening credits they kept the original theme tune!!! So if, like me, you'd seen in when you were younger, you're instantly back there. Hell they even kept Marlon Brando (at least it looked like him) as Kal El's father, the ghostly voice type guy in the ice palace place.
So far so good. I'm not actually sure when its meant to be set, I'm thinking after Superman 3 but before 4 as if 4 never existed, which believe me is a good thing, god that movie sucked!!
The intial scenes are all very familiar, the old Kent farm, a couple of neat flashbacks to get you into the mood for a bit of good old fashioned superheroing. And this is primarily what it is, after the flash and bravado and pyrotechnics of Spiderman and X-Men movies, good old fashioned superheroing.
The baddy is back, Gene Hackmans role taken on quite admirably by Kevin Spacey, in fact I'd go as far to say he excels in this role, theres a certain air of menace about his character which, whilst still very 'comic booky', leaves you wondering if at any moment he's going to flip out and chop peoples heads off...which he does regularly!! :)Superman himself is superbly played by Brandon Routh, gives his character just the right sort of air, and in fact is very very similar in application to Reeves character of old.
The special effects are what you'd expect, super slick, nothing outstandingly amazing but all very well done.The overall movie itself is highly entertaining the only downpoint, for me, being the ending which just sets it all up for a sequel. Whilst I'm not against a sequel I just wish at times they had a bit of closure to these movies.
A hugely enjoyable movie, well worth the cash. Its a fun for all the family type movie and whether or not you like comic books it'll appeal to all sexes and ages.
Whilst not as deep as a Peter Parker, or as involved and 'comic book geek' as an XMan movie it hits all the right buttons and I'm looking forward to the next one!
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