Review: Superman Returns (2006)

Brandon Routh in Superman

Superman Returns, directed by Bryan Singer (X-Men), is one of this summer’s most anticipated movies.

After a long absence, searching for the remains of the planet Krypton, Superman (Brandon Routh) returns only to find that the world survived without him and his love, Lois Lane (Kate Bosworth), moved on with her life. She’s engaged, has a son, and she even won the Pulitzer Prize for an editorial entitled, “Why the World Doesn’t Need Superman”.

He returns just in time, however. His enemy Lex Luthor (an outstanding Kevin Spacey) is planning to destroy the United States and Superman once and for all.

Brandon Routh and Kate Bosworth lack chemistry. Their characters past relationship and unrequited love seems forced and it is almost painful to watch their scenes. Although I feel that Kate Bosworth is a talented actress and will go onto better films, she wasn’t the right Lois Lane.

Many scenes are exhilirating, action-packed, and completely wow moments. The others, when acting is not expected but appreciated, drag on and are kind of like eating stale cheerios.

On the scale of summer blockbusters, it’s very good, but compared to Batman Begins, it doesn’t even come close.

This doesn’t mean I’m not saying to not go see Superman Returns. People were cheering and applauding in the theater I was in, so someone had to like it. I just wish I hadn’t wasted 10 dollars on seeing Superman Returns.

Updated October 12, 2010

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