Tuesday, June 11, 2013
SUPERMAN: The Retrospective-Part VII: SUPERMAN RETURNS (2006)
Director: Bryan Singer
Starring: Brandon Routh, Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, James Marsden, Parker Posey, Frank Langella, Sam Huntington, Eva Marie Saint, Kal Penn
I hear everything. You wrote that the world doesn't need a savior, but every day I hear people crying for one.
So, with the success of Batman Begins, Superman is brought back. But do they start fresh? Nah. Bryan Singer takes the Halloween: H20 route and cut the timeline off where they see fit and pretend they're the real part 3. The good news is, he did a better job than the ones he chose to ignore. That sounds like praise, but its no compliment.
Superman Returns tells us that after Superman II, astronomers find what they think is Krypton. So, Superman up and leaves to investigate. Flash forward 5 years, he returns, Lex Luthor has gotten out of jail (tsk tsk, Superman didn't show up to take the stand, and even though Lex Luthor was on conspiring with galactic criminals it wasn't enough) and Lois Lane now has a child and a fiancee. I think part of the problem with this film is that its not the Superman film people wanted. But aside from that, its not very good either.
If taken as a trilogy, the Lex Luthor villainy is one of a looney real estate agent. His plot here, once again is to have land to sell. LAME. This is what we've waited since 1987 to see Lex Luthor do? Hate on Superman IV all you want, but at least Lex Luthor did something else. For a lot of this film, its a riff and call back to the original. Which is cute and fine and all, but it wears off after a while. And there's stuff played for "inside baseball" yucks allllll over the damn thing. I don't even want to go into how far technology has advanced from 1980-1985(2006) in this or does Lois Lane think Superman raped her or doctors operating on Superman...its just not worth the time. The slate needed to really be wiped clean.
So, I guess I just thoroughly trashed Superman Returns after being kind to Superman III and Superman IV. I realized after watching Returns that I like it less and less with each subsequent view. Its a rather boring movie. Its a mopey, whiny film that asks for a reaction that you're not feeling. Superman doesn't even do anything cool with his powers. He deflects bullets in a scene and the rest of the time he's just flying and lifting things. Whoop dee doo. Its a long movie, too. Its challenging to get through if its not your first time. Sadly, its still one of the best movies in the series. And I give Singer credit, he did a heck of job directing it. But, he should have set his focus to X-Men 3. It would have been much better served there.
One last thing...that coordinates joke...good grief...
Next Time: Back to SUPERMAN II...for the Donner Cut!
Oh, this one did have some fantastic trailers, I give it that