Caped Fear
Superman Returns
Review by Ross Anthony

Overall, I found this Superman film a bit uneven. While I enjoyed the slow gentle in-betweens, sometimes there were just too many of them, or perhaps itís just that they went on a little long. And a few of them were more awkward than soothing. But, then the action -- some of these sequences were very sweet. The airplane segment was directed to perfection, great discipline and timing, powerful impact and just the right amount of humor.

I like this Superman. Heís very relaxed in and out of the new suit. Which, btw, I have no problem with. Iím not a comic book purist, the maroon leather looks just fine to me. On the other hand, what stuck out, was Superman, as Clark Kent, stopping at the end of a tough day for a beer with little Jimmy Olsen. That seemed out of the comic book feel of the film. But Iím sure Iím just being picky now.

All of that said, the film struggles to find its own rhythm most of time, but eventually finds it in the climb to climax and resolution. And I must say I quite enjoyed that ending, which will bump up the total grade for the picture from a B to a B+.

This film screened at Yelm Cinemas.

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  • Superman Returns. Copyright © 2006.
  • Starring Brandon Routh, Kate Bosworth, Kevin Spacey, James Marsden, Parker Posey, Frank Langella, Sam Huntington, Eva Marie Saint.
  • Directed by Bryan Singer.
  • Screenplay by Michael Dougherty, Dan Harris.
  • Produced by Jon Peters, Bryan Singer, Gilbert Adler at WarnerBros.

Grade..........................B+ (2.5/4)

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