Going into this movie, I was expecting it to be the summer blockbuster. Seeing it at 10PM at the “local” theater (which is a 3 screen dive, with no A/C) the night before opening, was pretty cool.
Going into it, knowing that they had their jobs cut out for them, and huge shoes to fill, was also tough. I don’t remember much about the original Superman movies, since I haven’t seen them in probably 10 or 15 years, but I do remember that they had their ups, and their downs.
Some of the obvious things about this movie that I didn’t like (I figure I’ll do the negatives first):
Now, onto the things I liked about the flick:
Overall, as I said, the story was a bit weak. I felt the movie could have been about 45 minutes shorter than it was, and still been as kick-ass as it was. I felt there could have been more closure at the end, as most comic book type movies always end up with a clear “this is what happened” point. While Superman Returns did have its closing moments, it could have been summed up a bit better.
Also, another irk, to me, was the beginning. I won’t go into details, as I’m sure a lot of people are going to see this movie over the course of this weekend. But, all I want to know is why did he come crashing back to Earth in another ship? Supposedly he was out looking for Krypton over the course of the last five years, but why come crashing home after that time? Why not just land? You’re Superman, after all.
Overall, I liked this movie, a lot. Is it my new favorite movie? No. Will it make my TopFive for the year? Possibly, unless something better comes along before the end of the year. Is it worth the price of admission, yes, absolutely. There’s a few choice action scenes that are worth admission alone. I’ll summarize them here, so after you see it, you can re-read this and go “yup, he was right”: The 777 scene, The Yacht Scene, The Daily Planet rooftop ball scene, and the Kryptonite Rock Scene. After you see the flick, it’ll be evident which four scenes these are that I’m talking about.
To sum it up, go see this movie. If you can get tickets to iMax (which are all sold out for the next week, here), go see it there. The movie’s definitely one you want to see on the big screen, and waiting for DVD would only make you regret not seeing it in the theater. Before it leaves theaters, I’ll probably go see it again, in a theater with stadium seating, and air conditioning. Luckily for us, the people in front of us were short.
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