Superman Returns is a welcome return to grandeur in movies. Picking up from the notes of the previous movies, the film fits seemlessly, if the viewer can allow the film some conceits. Without going into details, only a full recommendation is necessary. While the full plot is solid, in typical Bryan Singer style, the subplots are the core of the film. This is the film of the summer.
A few character notes:
- Clark Kent/Superman: Routh is amazingly similar to Christopher Reeve. He balances well the three characters that he is portraying, the two masks (Clark Kent and Superman) and the man behind them. His first spoken line: "Hey, boy". If you're thinking that is vaguely sexual, you will be disappointed.
- Lois Lane: Some critics have said that Lois is too dissimilar to the earlier portrayal, but when the full scope of the character is seen, the changes to Lois are understandable. Reserve judgement of this character until you have seen all of the movie and all of the character reveals.
- Lex Luthor: Kevin Spacey adds a darker edge to the character that, frankly, more fully fleshes out who Lex Luthor is. Spacey's impecable sense of timing shines.
- Kitty Kowalski: Fears that Parker Posey would be over-the-top camp are misfounded. Our favorite Party Girl brings it in right on the money.
- Others: James Marsden takes a bit part and makes it a solid role as Richard White. Eva-Marie Saint is precious as Ma Kent. Frank Langella, one of my favorite actors, is on spot as Perry White. Perhaps the weakest link is Jimmy Olsen; while the actor gives a serviceable performance, the character lacks any real meat into which any acting teeth can be sunk.