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Superman Returns
June 28th, 2006 12:00PM

* Spoiler FREE *

I have just returned from Superman Returns, and it was a blast! There's no other word to aptly describe how wonderful it was to see the Man of Steel on the big screen again. ALL of those naysayers, ALL of those with negative reviews, ALL of those trying to tell you that this movie isn't a good movie, they are ALL WRONG!

Bryan Singer has once again worked his magic and crafted a wonderful, fun, engaging, and accessible superhero film. This is perfectly relatable to his two X-Men films. While Superman Returns is a fun ride, it isn't perfect; but it so whets our appetite for a sequel, that we know if he is given the reigns again it will be almost perfect.

I decided to spend almost double the normal admission price to go to an IMAX 3D viewing. While the whole of the movie isn't in 3D, the few segments that are were amazing. I have never seen better 3D in my life. It truly was three-dimensional, and you thought you were in the middle of the action. If you have the chance, pay the extra for the 3D version.

Without going into details, I have to say the plane scene (from the trailers) is the biggest thrill I've ever had going to the movies. Maybe it was the 3D, but I felt my heart pounding hard in my chest. It was intoxicating how thrilling it was. And it wasn't just thrilling but fun and exciting. While my heart is pounding away, I had the biggest grin on my face. When the scene ends and takes a moment to breathe, I swear I heard a sniffle in the audience. What a gloriuos way to have Superman return!

If you go to this movie - and you should - you'll find a plot that is a big shaky (as I said, not perfect) but the characters are rock solid. Everyone is wonderful in his or her role. Routh makes an excellent new Superman, though you can see Reeve's influence. Spacey is a naughty Luthor, and his henchpeople are a vast improvement over Ned Beatty. Bosworth as the new Lane took the longest to get used to. She has an interesting arc, and you don't always like her because of it. If we have to find a weakness here it's in Marsden's Richard White. What does Singer have against him, always the second fiddle.

If you love Superman, love superhero movies, or just love a fun movie, then Superman Returns fits the bill. Go and soak in over two hours of wall-to-wall fun. You won't be disappointed.


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