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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Superman Returns by Bryan Singer, 2006 (PG-13)

with Brandon Routh, Kate Bosworth, James Marsden, Frank Langella (All Good Things), Eva Marie Saint, Parker Posey, Kal Penn, Sam Huntington, Kevin Spacey (House of Cards (season 1), Margin Call) Marlon Brando (Superman: The Movie), Tristan Lake Leabu, David Fabrizio, Ian Roberts, Vincent Stone, Jack Larson, Noel Neill

The Man of Steel returns to the big screen with this continuation of the icon's film legacy that picks up after the events of the first two Christopher Reeve films. Some time has passed since the events of Superman II and the world has gotten used to life without Superman (Brandon Routh) ever since his puzzling disappearance years earlier. Upon his return, he finds a Metropolis that doesn't need him anymore, while Lois Lane (Kate Bosworth) has moved on with another young suitor Richard White (James Marsden) in the meantime. As the hero begins to tackle the fact that life on Earth has continued without him, he is forced to face his old arch-nemesis Lex Luthor (Kevin Spacey) and restore the life that was once his.

I was surprised, as this is so close to the four original Reeve's Superman. Same story, a few years later with technology moving to TV. Same characters, different actors... And I never noticed our similar Gene Hackman could be to Kevin Spacey. Excellent Lex Luthor! Anyway, even Kate Bosworth who looks so radically different from Margot Kidder felt like a Lois Lane after a while. The story is a bit predictable, but we love so much the characters it is ok. Nothing else but a sequel, with a touch of nostalgia.

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