The “new” Superman, Brandon Routh, looks so much like Christopher Reeve it really brought back memories. He even acts like him! It’s like no time has gone by at all, except of course, it has been about 20 years since the last movie. In movie time, Superman was “away” for 5 years, and in that time, his true love, Lois Lane, had a baby boy. The new Lois is Kate Bosworth with brown hair. She’s ok in the role, but not as feisty as Margot Kidder was. Kevin Spacey is Lex Luthor, played alternately villainous and egomaniacally humorous. There are a lot of comparisons throughout of Superman and Jesus, as if Superman just might be the savior in more ways than one. Since I just recently saw Spacey and Bosworth in “Beyond the Sea” I couldn’t help but think of that movie when they were in scenes together.
All in all an interesting movie. At 2 1/2 hours I’d say it was about 1/2 hour too long. It would have been better to pick up the pace.
Young kids might get antsy sitting still for so long – but the story is compelling enough for pre-teens to follow.
Superman Returns- -
Set 5 years after the end of Superman II, the film begins when Superman returns to discover his absence allowed Lex Luthor to walk free, and that those he was closest too felt abandoned and have moved on. Luthor plots his ultimate revenge that could see millions killed and change the face of the planet forever, as well as ridding himself of the Man Of Steel.