Superman Returns (2006)
For Ages 12 and Over
Following a mysterious absence of several years, the Man of Steel comes back to Earth in the epic action-adventure “Superman Returns,” a soaring new chapter in the saga of one of the world’s most beloved superheroes. While an old enemy plots to render him powerless once and for all, Superman faces the heartbreaking realization that the woman he loves, Lois Lane, has moved on with her life. Or has she? Superman’s bittersweet return challenges him to bridge the distance between them while finding a place in a society that has learned to survive without him. In an attempt to protect the world he loves from cataclysmic destruction, Superman embarks on an epic journey of redemption that takes him from the depths of the ocean to the far reaches of outer space.
This film is pretty good. In my opinion it is a bit excessive at times in the special effects department; also, the story didn’t settle down much, as there seemed to be too much to tell. Then again, Superman has been gone for five years in the film, and off the screen for many more years than that, since Christopher Reeve donned the cape. Brandon Routh plays a very good Superman and it was almost eerie watching him at times play Clark Kent and Superman, as his mannerisms and looks strongly rival those of Reeve.
Kate Bosworth plays a strong and kind Lois Lane, but her personality is strikingly different from Margot Kidder. I felt that Kevin Spacey also strongly resembled Gene Hackman in the Lex Luthor role, and Spacey does a fine job, but he can’t quite capture the charismatic humor which Hackman brought to the role. Spacey is at his best when he is pure evil and physical.
In the content area, we recommend this film for ages twelve and above due to some mature themes. Lois Lane is living with her fiancee Richard. Although nothing is shown sexually, it is implied that they have a long lasting relationship. She also has a son out of wedlock. There is some alcohol in the film but only in two brief scenes. Also worth noting: Noel Neill and Jack Larson, the Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen of the old TV show with George Reeves, both have cameos in the film. The movie does pack a lot of action and most Superman fans will enjoy it. In a nice touch during the end credits, the film is dedicated to the memory of Christopher and Dana Reeve.
There are four incredible 3-D scenes in the IMAX version of this film including scenes of the Kent farm, a plane attempting to avoid crashing and a ship attempting to stay afloat, and Superman flying and the end credits. It is pretty incredible stuff and the depth will make you believe you are in the scene.
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