Having just returned from seeing "Superman Returns", I feel the urge to pen this comment while the details of the film are still fresh in my mind.
First off, I'd just like to say that I was disappointed. Actually, that's an understatement. I was REALLY disappointed. I'm a Superman fan. I have been ever since I was a little kid. I'd be running around with my little brother, our hair styled into the famous "Superman curl". But alas, my dreams have been shattered. It seems that a big Hollywood budget and fantastic special effects can't save a sloppy script. Sure, "Superman 3" and "Superman 4: The Quest For Peace" were stinkers, but Christopher Reeve made them bearable. That brings me to my second point.
Brandon Routh is no Christopher Reeve. He doesn't even compare. Now I know that Chris Reeve was not the first person to portray "The Man Of Steel", it was George Reeves, but the point I'm making here is that Chris Reeve IS Superman. There is just something about him. Something mystical, something magical that makes you believe: "Hey, this guy can really fly. He's Superman". I guess Reeve just had the right look, build and voice for Superman. He had a certain sincerity about him, accompanied by his beautiful blue eyes. I miss him.
Brandon Routh does not even come close. I don't mean to bag him here, I'm sure he gave the role his all. But he's no Superman. I know that he is older than Chris Reeve was when he made the first Superman movie, but he still looks like a college kid. He facial structure resembles a "pretty boy". Also, I'm pretty sure he has brown eyes, which were digitally enhanced in the movie to make them blue. Watch it, and you can tell that they are not his natural eye colour. And another thing, I find Routh to be too tanned. It's weird, but it's just something that I noticed.
The other key cast members were mediocre at best. Kate Bosworth did an okay job as Lois Lane, but Margot Kidder again did it better. I will take my hat off to Sam Huntington, who played Jimmy Olsen. He does a fantastic job, much better than Marc McClure. Also, Kevin Spacey is a great Lex Luthor. He's cold and cruel, but you just gotta love him.
And so, I come to the conclusion of my review. "Superman Returns" is a mediocre movie at best. It will keep you entertained but it is not a great movie. Brian Singer is no Richard Donner, and Brandon Routh is no Christopher Reeve. I'm sure there are those of you whole will praise this movie, but most of you will find that it will in no way compare to the original 1978 classic.
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