Superman Returns

directed by Bryan Singer
Category: "Fantasy"
Year of Release:2006
Date Added:07/18/2008
Date Watched:07/02/2006
My Rating:6

Reviews for Superman Returns

Review - Superman Returns

Superman has been gone for five years on a trip to the ruins of his home planet Krypton. When get gets back, he discovers that Lois Lane is living with another man, Richard, and has a son named Jason (whom we discover is Superman’s son).

Lex Luthor is out of jail. He gets hold of the crystals from Superman’s Fortress of Solitude and a hunk of kryptonite. He explodes the two into the ocean off the East Coast where it expands into an island. Luthor’s plot is to create a new continent, one that he will own. His creation will result in the death of billions of people. Lois, Richard and Jason are caught on Luthor’s yacht and almost drown when Superman arrives and saves them.

Superman confronts Luther but falls prey to the kryptonite and gets beaten up and stabbed with a shard of kryptonite. He’s drowning when Richard and Lois come back and save him. He summons the strength to hurl the island into space before plummeting to earth in a coma. Lois visits him in the hospital and whispers something to him. The next morning, he is up and about and back at his business.

Anyone who doesn’t get the allegory of Christ isn’t paying attention. Sent from space by his father who sends him to earth to save mankind. Selfless, honorable, willing to give his life to save those he loves. There’s even a death and resurrection — and an empty bed — before he rises up into space at the end. Here’s a quote from the movie, spoken by Jor-El, Superman’s father — "Even though you've been raised as a human being you're not one of them. They can be a great people, Kal-El, they wish to be. They only lack the light to show the way. For this reason above all, their capacity for good, I have sent them you... my only son."

The “new continent” plot of Luthor’s was just stupid, and there were way too many scenes of spiky rocks rising out of the ocean. Superman’s vulnerability to kryptonite seemed to come and go. Also, Superman’s squeaky-clean image is tarnished a bit by his fathering a son with Lois. In real life, the opening scene with the airplane would have resulted in everyone on board being mashed to a pulp. That and the other “big” effects were wasted on me — I still hate computer animation.

On the positive side, Kate Bosworth’s Lois Lane was far, far superior to Margot Kidder’s, and the flying scenes were very well done.

Fun fact to know and tell — Noel Neill plays Gertrude Vanderworth. She played Lois Lane in the 1950's TV series.

I gave it a 6. While watching it, I was moderately entertained, but in retrospect, it bores me.
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