Sunday, July 02, 2006

 

Superman Returns

Loved it. Anyone who hated it must have watched some other movie, because I didn't think there was a single note out of place.

Considering the tremendous burden of making a new Superman movie that would a) entertain and satisfy adults who grew up on the original Christopher Reeve films, b) build a new audience born in the intervening decades, and c) launch a new franchise, I don't think Singer and screenwriters Michael Dougherty & Dan Harris could have done a better job. They clearly studied Superman: The Movie and Superman II carefully, and I loved that all of the callbacks to the first two films in the dialogue were in character and for in-story reasons (what, for example, did the three sentence exchange between Superman and Lois in the seaplane suggest about what she might remember, or might be now remembering, about the events of Superman II?), so that they work in context and not as forcibly inserted in-jokes. And, for that matter, the fact that the narrative at no point comes out and says that the events of the first two Reeve films happened, but contains enough covert references that it's the only conclusion to draw.

I'll shut up now before I venture into fullblown spoiler land, and say only this: I'm already eagerly looking forward to the next installment in the franchise.

Comments:
I liked it a lot too. From the opening Williams score to just about everything else, I thought it was very good. Not perfect, but entertaining and a great launchpad for the franchise.
 
Kitty Kowalski. Ugh. Like nails on a chalkboard every time she was on the screen. She was the embodiment of everything that was wrong with the Salkind's films. Fortunately, she didn't have much screen time. Other than that--and apart from some quibbles--big thumbs up from this end.

I WILL say this is the first time I've ever seen a film that was both a remake and a sequel simultaneously.
 
I thought of Robert Rodriguez's Desperado as both a remake of and a sequel to El Mariachi.
 
Ted, that's been on the tip of my tongue since I read Jayme's post this morning, but just couldn't think of it. Thanks!

Jayme, what Ted said. (Oh, and I liked Parker Posey just fine, but then I like her in everything, so I could just be biased.)
 
Ah. I've never seen Desperado, so that would explain that. :-)

As for Parker Posey, I don't have strong feelings for her either way. I just thought the Kitty Kowalski was a weak attempt to shoehorn Otis in to the Eve Tessmacher role. But that was my only real problem with the film

I'm curious, though, what Singer has planned for the next two films (assuming his plans for a trilogy come to fruition). Does he revisit Zod and the Phantom Zone criminals? Brainiac? Bizarro? I also recall a year or so back that there were rumors of Supergirl costume designs...
 
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