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Superman Returns [Blu-ray]

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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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Superman Returned Nov. 2 2006
It was refreshing to see, finally, a movie that stayed true to the Reeves film - it was the only true iconic portrayal of Superman, with a light layer of cheese. I think the original Donner film cemented Superman into the flying man-in-blue superhero status he is now, but previous was a boy scout wrestler. The fact that he never even flew in the original Shuster comics is unbelievable to me, considering who Superman is to us now...

I never really liked Superman as a character in the comics - I found it difficult to enjoy the adventures of the man-who-can't-get-hurt.(Though Batman beat him up, just a side note. DKR)

The movies, however, I've always had a soft spot for.

The original superman film with Donner/Reeves was fantastic. A great epic film written by Puzo, was broad in scope and really explored Superman as a character. I always thought the only interesting Superman story is the origin story. Well, I believe Singer stepped up to bat. Not only did he make an indestructible man feel vulnerable, but he somehow managed to create an unfolding story that really looked deeper into who the man is.

Critics, I suppose, are disappointed with the lack of violent action in the film - but I find it to be a statisfying popcorn movie - with special effects, beautiful color palette, and some pretty crazy moments.

Bryan Singer, so far, is king of the comic book movies. Stay with DC Singer, Marvel sucks. ('cept fer Spidey) (Oh, and Punisher) (and maybe Dr. Strange)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Super on the comeback for now! Oct. 12 2006
Okay so I seen the movie in theaters like a lot of people. I am still going to buy this movie. why? Well, I believe they pulled it off. I was expecting this movie to be a remake with a fresh face (Judging the trailer to this movie by the way). I am astounded by the approach to this movie they decided to take and really cant say anything about it until they come out with the next one which is already being slated for a 2009 release by the way, just check it out for yourself. It is just good to see a new superman movie and that little boy came out of me again to the point where I was squeeling like a pig in the theater and my wife was embarrassed! I really like my movies. I think we seen enough of Lex Luthor. We need fresh villains for the SUPERGRIND!!!
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Most recent customer reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars C'est parfait
very good
Published 11 days 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 4 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 15 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 a bit of a letdown
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. Read more
Published on Nov. 10 2007 by falcon
3.0 out of 5 stars Superman Fails to Take Flight
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. Read more
Published on Sept. 27 2007 by A.P. Fuchs, author of The Axiom-man Saga
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. 8 2007 by Ella
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