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Superman Returns [Blu-ray]

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4.0 out of 5 stars Kal-el Williams Jan. 30 2007
Is there a more recognizable theme than the Superman theme? John Williams knocked another one out of the park in 1978 for the original Superman film, and then was fired from the franchise in the Richard Donner purge. And yet his themes appeared in the next 3 films in that franchise. And it, and the Lois Lane love theme, are back in "Superman Returns", even though he does not get credited with "music".

If anyone deserves a Superman lovechild it's John Williams. He's been getting screwed by Superman for 26 years.

That aside, this film is surprisingly better than critics would have you believe. Routh does a decent Christopher Reeve imitation, and depth is provided by the love triangle (quadrilateral, if you throw in Clark Kent), and the Christ analogy (as Marlon Brando wheezes, "I sent them my only son", we see Superman floating high above the earth, arms outstretched, listening as the world pleas for a savior). The plot itself is no more or less than what we would expect, with the evil real estate agent Lex Luthor on the loose.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh so much better than expected! Dec 23 2006
Although I saw the Christopher Reeve movies years ago, I remember little about them, and never liked them very much. I watched every episode of Lois and Clark the tv series, waiting for those two to get it together, which they never did, and content to admire Dean Cain in the meantime.

I watched this expecting little, and was more than pleasantly surprised.

Brandon Routh plays Superman, a relative unknown and so comes with no baggage, but a pair of smouldering eyes, a jaw-droppingly handsome face (no soap opera here thank you very much), and a perfect physique. He is just right in this role, and while I'd read in reviews that his acting isn't great I have to disagree: there was such quiet loneliness, such yearning and soul in his portrayl, I ached for him. He was not just eye-candy (though he's that too), he had the charisma and intensity necessary in a leading role, and I really felt for him (something I've not for any previous Superman actor).

Kate Bosworth as Lois Lane was unrecognisable - I had no idea she was the blonde lead from Blue Crush until the credits rolled at the end! Lois is a difficult character to make human, but her conflicting emotions and her own sacrifices came across clearly yet subtly. She's also tough and intelligent, and you can see why Superman loves her.

James Marsden as her fiance (they were not married, as a previous reviewer says), is heroic in his own way, and a sympathetic character, without either stealing anything from the main guy or being emasculated. It would have been way too easy to have made him unlikable, and a coward, but making him strong, kind, considerate etc. helps highlight Lois' difficult position.
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3.0 out of 5 stars a bit of a letdown Nov. 10 2007
By falcon
considering the hype for this movie,i thought it would be better than
it was.it wasn't a horrible movie,but i don't think it lived up to the
Superman name.Brandon Routh as Superman,looked a lot like Christopher
Reeve,maybe a bit too much.his mannerisms were also too much like
Reeve,as if he were trying to emulate him,when instead he should have
been trying to put his own stamp on the character.Kate Bosworth was OK
as Loise lane,but Kevin Spacey was an inspired choice as Lex Luthor.i
also liked Frank Langella as Perry White.however,i could have done
without James Marsden as Richard White,especially since his role was so
small it was pointless.the other problem i had with the movie is that
it tended to lag at times,causing my attention to wander.this movie
just didn't have the impact of a movie like spider man or even any of
the x-men films.it just didn't have as much substance as it could
have.if you've yet to see this movie,keep your expectations low and
maybe you won't be overly disappointed. 3/5
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3.0 out of 5 stars Superman Fails to Take Flight Sept. 27 2007
The Man of Steel had vanished for 5 long years.

The world moved on.

So did the one person everyone thought never would: Lois Lane. She even wrote about it in a Pulitzer Prize-winning article entitled, "Why the World Doesn't Need Superman."

But that's not all that changed. Lex Luthor had swindled his way out of a double life-sentence with a new plan: create his own continent and wipe out all the others.

He just wasn't prepared for one thing--Superman returns.

It'd been almost 20 years between Superman movies when this one came out, the last being Superman IV: The Quest for Peace. Expectations were high, the hype was through the roof, a star director (Bryan Singer) was attached to it, huge names played some of the key roles...

The payoff: an embarrassing movie.

I remember feeling ashamed of my hero when I walked out of the theatre. Being a lifelong Superman fan, I thought Superman Returns would nail it and kick a certain red-and-blue wallcrawler off the box office charts.

I was wrong.

The story of Superman Returns is okay. It's nothing new, pretty much a rehash of Superman : The Movie, just updated with a different spin.

There are also several terrible and nonsensical moments in the film: Superman's son, Superman in the hospital, Superman lifting a massive island made of kryptonite and flying it into space even though just before that scene being around kryptonite made him virtually mortal.

It was tempting to give this movie 2 stars, but Brandon Routh's portrayal of the Man of Steel saved the day. He did a stellar job as both Clark and Superman. Aside from Christopher Reeve, he's my favorite boy in blue.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by copeur4
5.0 out of 5 stars C'est parfait
very good
Published 1 month ago by sonia
5.0 out of 5 stars I got Brandon Routh to sign my copy
i got Brandon Routh to sign my copy, cool guy, I got this signed at the Fan Expo 2013 awesome
Published 5 months ago by Arochon7
2.0 out of 5 stars Defective disc in set
The Special Features Disc is not working out of this set on either of our DVD players or in computer. Inconvenient to return.
Published 16 months ago by Jean Ashmore
5.0 out of 5 stars Much Underrated Film
Aside from the ridiculous notion that Superman had a baby, Superman Returns is a fantastic addition completing what should now be considered the Richard Donner Trilogy. Read more
Published on Dec 12 2011 by Book Worm Sam
2.0 out of 5 stars Stinks
Superman Returns assumes the appalling 80's sequels Superman 3 and Superman 4 never took place, and picks up following the events of Superman 2. Read more
Published on Dec 12 2008 by Greg Curtis
3.0 out of 5 stars Mild return from Superman
I've noticed a lot of people were hungry for this film to come out and ended up somewhat satisfied with the product. Read more
Published on Aug. 31 2007 by Jenny J.J.I.
5.0 out of 5 stars Never really was a super-hero fan until I saw this.
I don't have much to say about this- but it is a really great movie recommended for all! (Although it does have a high rating).
Published on July 8 2007 by Pro-reviewer
4.0 out of 5 stars Whoville?
I enjoy Smallville and wondered about the wisdom of making this movie. Yet, somehow the two never overlap in my mind. This movie is stand-alone and quite well done. Read more
Published on Feb. 7 2007 by Ella
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