Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Overlooked Movies -- Superman Returns

Summertime is rerun time, USA. This review is from 2006.

Superman as a chick flick? That's about the size of it.

Kate Bosworth as Lois Lane? She was fine as Sandra Dee in Beyond the Sea, but she looks way too young to be Lois.

Brandon Routh as Supe? Bland, mostly monosyllabic.

Kevin Spacey (great as Bobby Darin in Beyond the Sea) as Lex Luthor? Okay, but he doesn't really breaks loose the way Gene Hackman did. He comes close a couple of times, but the attempt at comedy in his last scene falls flat. The scene where Lois discovers the wigs seems stolen directly from one of my favorite episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show. It made me long for Carl Reiner as Alan Brady. He'd have made this into a great scene.

The plot? Doesn't make a whole lot of sense.

A couple of nice action set-pieces. That's about it. I was disappointed in this one.


Jeffrey Meyerson said...

100% agree. Gene Hackman (with Ned Beatty as his henchman) was a great Lex Luthor. This Superman is just a big bland blob.

Todd Mason said...

Parker Posey gives the best performance, by me...slowly realizing what, exactly, Luthor is all about.