Run time: 2:37
Remember what I said about Bryan Singer in my X-Men 3 review? Well, “Superman Returns” is a movie with a great script and a top level director. The story is a new idea and not based on a particular comic storyline and I enjoyed it. This is not the tongue in cheek 80’s version, and I don’t say that because Richard Pryor isn’t in it, but because it’s intended to be a thought provoking story.
Newcomer Brandon Routh is the Man of Steel and he does a great job bringing separation to the Kal-El/Clark Kent/Superman triumvirate, giving each it’s own personality and conflicts. Kevin Spacey is Lex Luthor. I don’t mean plays Luthor, he is Luthor. Spot on performance. Kate Bosworth is the now jaded reporter Lois Lane, but it’s hard to see her as a brunette….or maybe that’s just my hang-up.
It starts off like it’s going to be non-stop action and sort of slows down into the story from there. And at 2 and a half hours long, it can feel slow if you’re not a Superman fan. I really, really liked it, but I can’t say it was the best movie I have ever seen. I can say that I will see it again.
Rating: 4 out of 5