Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Superman returns for good

"It's a bird!"
"It's a plane!"
"No, it's..."
"Somebody wanted to see me?"

wow wow wow

The avant premiere was funny. I always love premieres here in LA because for once the crowd behaves like a stadium crowd. The hall was packed. About 70% of the audience had superman shirts. 3 guys wore red capes and 1 girl wore the full costume! The audience cheered and applauded every time superman saved someone, or something else exciting happened. It all felt good, and the movie was far better than what I expected.

It is not an action flick (although there are lots of action scenes). The movie respects excellently the original and moves the mythology big steps ahead. I don't want to reveal anything, but I think it will be better to go and see the movie without reading any reviews or spoilers. It will ruin the fun discoveries.

The plot is classic superman story. The saves are amazing, and finally the film technology has improved so that everything looks realistic. What I loved most was tiny little details here and there: the motionless cape in outer space; the mach cone that appears briefly as superman accelerates to faster than sound speed; and many more little original things that he does with his powers.

Kevin Spacey was amazing as Lex Luthor. Kate Bosworth is good but maybe a bit too pretty for Lois Lane. And Brandon Routh is unknown for a goods reason: because people can relate to him better is they don't know the face. They establish a new connection.

Overall, I think this is the best movie of the series. In fact, I believe this is the best superhero movie so far. It is serious, funny, it never gets boring despite the 157min of duration, and remains very close to the feeling of the original. At the end, it is a lot of fun which is what movies should be.