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A Review by Joekool

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Superman Returns
 
Director- Bryan Singer
Cast- Brandon Routh, Kate Bosworth, Kevin Spacey, Frank Langella, James Marsden, Parker Posey
Rated PG-13: for some intense action violence
Running time- 154 min.
 
Hoobaadeebadooo! I am the greatest, I am the best ciritic in the world! Ehh not really...but maybe. Im gonna make this intro make you say "This is crazy." C'mon say it with me THIS IS CRAZY!!!!! HAHAHA!
 
This is not a remake as some may think. This is the next film in the Superman series, its the 6th I believe, but who's counting. In this sequal titled Superman Returns, it means exactly what the title says, Superman returns, after a 5 year absence, in which he went to see if his home planet had actually been death ridden. Well it was, and now he returns and low and behold Lex Luthor, played by the brilliant Kevin Spacey, has broken out of prison and attempts to conquer the world.....uhhh again.
 
Newcomer to the screen Brandon Routh is the man of steel, he plays it well, but lacks emotion, his chemistry with Lois Lane(Bosworth) is a bit, for lack of a better term, not there. He's convincing in his interactions with the public and during action scenes, but theres room for improvement. Kevin Spacey is a great Lex Luthor, but we never get to explore his character into any depth, he's just there and we excpet he is evil because we know of him from the previous films. The woman that accompanied Luthor in the film was very aggrivating, and just plain annoying when on the screen, I believe she was played by Parker Posey, and I dont think its her fault for the character's annyoance, its the material.
 
The story is lacking of excitment or emotion. You might say there too many scenes of character development, but yet there is a definite lack of that, so what is in these scenes. Well they are just interactions, and too many of those can lead to "looking at the watch" or more commonly known as boredom. I will credit the writers including the Brando voice over, that was a great thing to do.
 
The action sequences are refreshing and fun to watch. Some of the greatest effects ever put into film are in Superman Returns. Just plain amazing visuals! They were definately the best aspect of the film.
 
While some of it is great fun and eexcellent filmmaking, there is just too much of...well, nothing. Theres too much nothing. Lack of character develpment, and audience involvement. If you go in with low expectations, you might enjoy yourself.
 
Good Points
-Fantastic Visuals
-Great action scenes
 
Bad Points
-Lack of character development
-slow paced
 
Rating- 6.8/10

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