Saturday, July 15, 2006

Superman Returns...

I was finally able to see this film today. I liked it but there were some things that I would have liked to have seen. I'm happy that this is an updated vision from 1978 (the first Superman movie).

I can come up with some imagery seen in the Max Fleischer Superman cartoons of the 1930 & 40s. And I can say some of this movie was pulled right off the pages of DC Comics as it was in Batman Begins. It was great to see Superman zoom past as I would hope movie makers would be able to do it. I was really impressed by the sequence in which Superman attempted to save the Shuttle and its piggy back aircraft.

What I was disappointed by though was the art direction taken directly from the earlier Superman movies. They even retained the Superman theme by John Williams, but I didn't have as big of a problem with that as I did the design of the titles and the design of the Fortress of Solitude. I was a little disappointed by the portrayal of Lex Luthor by Kevin Spacey. I was hoping for the ruthless capitalist Luthor that I have gotten used to through the comic books instead of the takeoff from Gene Hackman's portrayal from the earlier four movies.

All the same I liked the movie. I hope that there will be more and perhaps the series will truly come into it's own. I suggest you guys see this movie before it leaves the theaters.

BTW, this was the second movie I've seen this summer. The first was Mission:Impossible 3 back in May and I probably saw it the first weekend. I've yet to blog about it but perhaps for filler I will though it may be more of a review should anyone decide to see it on DVD. And there's another movie I look forward to this summer, Miami Vice. That will be the next summer movie blog.

Finally I've started a new Movie blog there I just talk about some of the movies in my collection and perhaps even films I saw on TV or in the theaters. This may be one more reason to pull out the first Superman movie so that I can post about it there.

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