Following a mysterious absence of several years, the Man of Steel comes back to Earth in the epic action-adventure Superman Returns, a soaring new chapter in the saga of one of the world's most beloved superheroes. While an old enemy plots to render him powerless once and for all, Superman faces the heartbreaking realization that the woman he loves, Lois Lane, has moved on with her life. Or has she? Superman's bittersweet return challenges him to bridge the distance between them while finding a place in a society that has learned to survive without him. In an attempt to protect the world he loves from cataclysmic destruction, Superman embarks on an epic journey of redemption that takes him from the depths of the ocean to the far reaches of outer space. Written by
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You will travel far my little Kal-El. But we will never leave you. Even in the face of our deaths. You will make my strength your own. You will see my life through your eyes as your life will be seen through mine. The son becomes the father, and the father, the - The son.
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This movie sought to answer two questions: whether the fictional world of Metropolis still needs Superman; and whether the Man of Steel, essentially an overgrown boy scout, can compete with the darker heroes and anti-heroes dominating the silver screen today (such as Batman and the heroes of the Marvel universe). Thus, the question for both worlds is, "Do we still need Superman?" After seeing the film, I am happy to report that the answer is a resounding, "Yes!" Essentially, this movie pays tribute to that first great film in every single way. While a few myopically see this as "ripping off" the first film or as laziness on the part of the filmmakers, the filmmakers saw themselves as paying tribute to that great film that made us believe that a man could fly (containing as it did everything that makes us love the movies). Thus, it helps to see the film in this context. Thus, if you loved the first film, you will almost certainly love this one.
Much as he did for X-Men and X2, Singer injected the story both with emotional depth and an intriguing and highly relevant thematic subtext that made what could have been just another summer blockbuster filled with mindless action sequences into something much more. Singer made more effective use of the messianic motif than even the first film did, and although I am not a particularly religious person myself, this fits the Superman mythos like a glove, as this is essentially who the character is: a secular messiah.
The high quality acting helped Singer bring this ambitious vision to life. Brandon Routh more than adequately filled the large shoes left by Christopher Reeve, and Richard Donner, the director of Superman: The Movie, wholeheartedly agrees (having said so in an interview with the BBC). Bosworth fittingly played the part of a woman who truly moved on with her life after the man she loved ditched her without so much as a goodbye and displayed true confusion and even bitterness over his vaunted return. Spacey actually outdid Hackman as Luthor, having made him a serious villain that simply exuded hate for the Man of Steel. Finally, Frank Langella and Sam Huntington perfectly filled the roles of Perry White and Jimmy Olsen, respectively.
Still, viewers need to know a few things before watching the movie. Although the movie itself fails to make this explicit, press releases make it quite clear that Singer chose to ignore Superman 3 and 4 and instead concentrate on building a story that takes place following Superman I and II. Keep this in mind when viewing the film, and you will not feel lost.
Also, try to watch the first two films before watching this one. This film pays tribute to Superman: The Movie in every single way (and Superman II in a more subtle way), and picking up on these references will greatly enhance your experience.
Finally, as I hinted before, do not expect a movie jam packed with action sequences. Although the movie certainly contains awe-inspiring special effects and plenty of eye candy in the form of incredible action sequences, the film seeks to make an emotional connection with fans instead of merely titillating them. Much like in the first film, the effects are wisely understated and thus serve the story rather than vice versa. Expect a film of emotional depth instead of a mere action movie.
Enjoy the movie, and happy flying!
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