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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 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Twist on the Classic Superhero Oct. 15 2006
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I was extrememly excited when this movie was announced, but I must say that the film topped even my high expectations. Here, Superman returns to a world that doesn't need him. He's isolated. He's alone. And nobody loves him. I was intrigued by the way Superman became, through the course of this movie, a much more individualist hero. His fight is both with the villans that despise him and with the society that has moved on without him. Aside from the fact that the score was unbelievable -- and had nice echoes of the old John Williams scores --, the special effects are subtly done, and integrated nicely to the movie. Well done, Mr. Singer. I'm anticipating the sequel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I got Brandon Routh to sign my copy May 7 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
i got Brandon Routh to sign my copy, cool guy, I got this signed at the Fan Expo 2013 awesome
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2.0 out of 5 stars Defective disc in set June 21 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The Special Features Disc is not working out of this set on either of our DVD players or in computer. Inconvenient to return.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superman Returns, and not a moment too soon Dec 6 2006
I was more excited to see Superman Returns than I usually am for a film like this because it is a continuation of a franchise that I loved as a kid. If you haven't seen Superman The Movie and/or Superman II but you are planning on seeing Superman Returns then I also recommend watching the originals. I say that because they will probably enhance your appreciation of the new film. Superman Returns has a new story, but the way this film is linked together with the originals in regard to the father and son relationships is extraordinary. There are also references in Superman Returns to the comics and the Max Fleischer cartoons of the 1940's.

The Story:

Superman has been gone for 5 years, yet nobody but his adopted mother knows where he went or why he left. The world has moved on. Once he returns he finds a world that is in worse shape than he left it. Lex Luthor has machinations on another real-estate plan, this time using Superman's crystal technology stolen from the Fortress of Solitude. And Lois Lane is engaged and a mother. Yet unlike most everyone else she is not too thrilled to see Superman return as she is still hurt by the fact that he left her without ever saying good-bye. The end is not a happy one, but rather bittersweet instead. And there is one incredibly heart-wrenching scene in particular when Superman confronts Lex and his henchman that is almost too emotional to watch.

Despite the fact that Superman is an alien, Earth's protector seems at times more human in spirit in this film than ever before. In Superman Returns Kal-El has to let go of Jason, his only son, for the sake of his sons well-being. And the best he can do is be a light from afar rather than the father at hand.
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars Superman Returned
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. Read more
Published on Nov. 3 2006 by Rambling Man
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