July 3rd, 2006

Superman Returns

Hi Everyone! This will be my first post of livejournal...hopefully one of many. I thought i would get the ball rolling by providing a review of the film Superman Returns

Superman Returns (2006) (dir. Bryan Singer)

Last night I saw that new film 'Superman Returns' at the cinemas.  I think that the hype engine that was surronding the film had paid off because I thought it was a good movie and certainly Superman's best cinematic outing save for director Richard Donner's first Superman movie in 1978.  I always thought this film was going to turn out great  because I have long since been a fan of director Bryan Singer, the director of The Usual Suspects, Apt Pupil, X-Men and X-Men 2 and Superman Returns.  Singer is a talented director who also serves as executive producer on this film, as well as executive producer on the hit US medical drama 'House'.  Superman Returns is no different to the director's affore mentioned films, as he fills the production with he's own usual suspects - Newton Thomas Sigel (Director of Photography), John Ottman (Music, Editor), Guy Dyas (Production Designer); Louise Mingenbach (Costume Designer) and Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris (Writers).  This film sees Superman (Brandon Routh) to Earth after a 5 year absence and basically deals with him trying to intergrate and refamiliarise himself with 21st century Earth.  Included in this is his relationship with Lois Lane (Kate Bosworth), who has since moved on from Superman and had a child of her own with her fiance Richard White (James Marsden), nephew of Daily Planet Editor Perry White (Frank Langella).  Of course, no Superman film would be complete without the bad guy and Lex Luthor (Kevin Spacey) spices it up as Supes ultimate nemesis and sparring partner. 

While Superman has never been a particular favourite character of mine (my preference is for Marvel superheroes, such as Spider-Man, Daredevil and X-Men), I have been rediscovering the character as of late through the various flim and television representations of the character.  The TV show 'Smallville' has recently been one of my favourites, with seasons 4 and 5 a much improvement over the limp seasons 1-3 as finally Clark begins he's transformation into the iconic character.  Whilst there has been some criticism about how much relevance a character that is so black and white has in the post-11 world, I think that this is what aides the film immensely.  The character sees only good and evil, nothing grey (although the writers introduce some of this in the form of the relationship between Superman and Lois) and is always there to save the day.  In a post-11 world, there are so many people including myself that wish a person such as this truly exists.  Why is it so hard for the world to believe that a decent indiviual doesn't exist?  Is it because experience has told them so?  Or is it because the world seems all that much darker than it previously did?  People complain that we, as a society are becoming increasingly violent, but I would argue that this isn't true - look at WWI, WWII, the Cold War...these were violent and dark periods in the history of the world.  Or have audience expectations become so dark and different, that black and white does no longer compete with the grey?

Whilst thinking about those questions, this film will have you believe a man can fly.  There is no skimping on the action, with many thrilling and well executed action scenes and the rousing Superman theme written by John Williams, is used effectively by composer John Ottman to create a universe in which a man can fly and which people can dream....  

My vote - 4/5 stars
  • Current Music
    Superman Theme - John Williams