Science fiction and fantasy
directed by Bryan Singer
Lex Luthor, however, hasn't changed all that much. He is at large once more, after a certain superhero failed to make a court appearance to secure a conviction for him. When he's not scamming dying old ladies of their fortunes, he is planning moves into real estate that will cost billions. Billions of lives, that is. Kevin Spacey's Luthor is urbane and softly-spoken, yet he still manages to be menacing and convincingly ruthless. It helps that he has some of the best lines in the film.
Some things remain the same. Lois Lane still has a knack for getting herself into dangerous situations that inevitably require heroic last-minute rescues. Superman Returns delivers these big, edge-of-the-seat moments in spades, all to the background of that stirring John Williams score.
The special effects are big, bold and flashy, from that bullet in the eyeball episode through to the scenes from space. This is a film that aims to wow you on every level.
There are also plenty of tear-jerk moments as Superman tries to make it up to Lois for leaving her. This is a movie that's rich in all the major emotions except disgust. As well as a compelling love story there are dashes of humour that keep it from descending into melodrama. Although the film is actually set in the present it is full of references, both visual and spoken, to the Superman movies of the past.
If you're after a film with a simple plot, clearly defined notions of good and evil, and plenty of action, then Superman Returns hits the spot. There's something in it for all the family to enjoy.
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Review © Ros Jackson
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