#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – 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.
Plot: Superman returns to discover his 5-year absence has allowed Lex Luthor to walk free, and that those he was closest to felt abandoned and have moved on. Luthor plots his ultimate revenge that could see millions killed and change the face of the planet forever, as well as ridding himself of the Man of Steel.
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The light to show the way.
After a five year hiatus, Superman returns to Earth to find that Lois Lane is now a soon to be married mother, but some things don’t change, loony Lex Luthor is loose and his latest plan will kill billions of people.
I first reviewed Superman Returns some two years after its initial release, I had first caught it on release back in 2006 and was really taken with Bryan Singer’s approach to a subject he clearly loves. I was awash with nostalgic fervour back then and the moment the theme tune kicked in (great move by Singer to use the John Williams original) I was grinning like a Cheshire cat, yet it seemed I was in a minority back then as regards the film’s worth, and with each passing year I find I still am.
Superman Returns will forever be known as the franchise entry that has too much heart, because it finds Singer giving Superman emotional fortitude and, crucially, making it the heart of the story. Those that purely wanted a big colourful popcorn explosion will forever be unfulfilled it seems. Yet it has to be said that fans of Singer’s work (such as I) totally get the emotionally heavy approach he has taken, watching Superman shred himself after learning of Lois’ love for another, makes for compulsive viewing. Because our man of steel is conflicted, not only with his sense of protective being, but also in the rigours of love, it’s this conflict of Superman that drives the film on. Not to say that there isn’t any action here, though, in fact some of the sequences here are truly exhilarating. Oh yes, the popcorn crowd are well catered for, planes, space shuttles and a tension filled helicopter, all figure in and around Superman and Luthor’s world.
Brandon Routh dons the cape worn so brilliantly by Christopher Reeve in the 70s, and smartly Routh takes the route of “if it isn’t broke then don’t fix it”, there’s no need to put ones own stamp on a character already so well defined and well loved. Looking like Reeve, and playing out uncannily like him, Routh studied Reeve’s performances to get as close to the Reeve incarnation as he could, and he gets it down pat whilst adding a bit of brooding honesty into the mix. Kate Bosworth gets to be Lois Lane, it’s a very solid and controlled performance that would have seen her as a shoe in for the role again if Singer had of taken the reins for a sequel. Taking up the role of Lex Luthor, and clearly having a great time, is Kevin Spacey, this is a more clever Luthor incarnation, it’s spiteful and devoid of campery. While along for the ride as Luthor’s moll is Parker Posey, she’s sparky with a hint of devilish sexiness.
Bryan Singer reinvigorated the Superman franchise, and in doing so brought a new verve to the characterisation of an American icon. It has proved to be divisive amongst the fans and critics alike, so much so that Singer has left the Superman world. But viewing it even now brings many rewards, it is a damn fine Superman movie. You can never have too much heart at your film’s core, that is as long as one remembers what made prior efforts work in the first place, Singer did to my mind fuse both very admirably indeed. 8/10
***The Passion of the Christ, I mean Superman***
Superman returns to Earth after five years trying to find out what happened to his homeworld. As Clark Kent he gets his job back at the Daily Planet newspaper, but finds out Lois Lane has moved on without him — having a live-in fiancé and a five-year-old child, not to mention winning a Pulitzer for her article “Why the World Doesn’t Need Superman.” Meanwhile Lex Luthor and his henchmen discover Superman’s Fortress of Solitude and steal some of the alien crystals. Luthor’s mad scheme is to create a new continent, killing billions of people in the process.
The story is a superhero retelling of the Christ story:
– Jor-el gives his only son to protect (save) humankind.
– Superman repeatedly states that he’s everywhere and will always be around (i.e. omnipresent).
– Luthor and his henchmen’s beating of Supes is reminiscent of Christ’s beating before his crucifixion.
– Superman sacrifices himself to save humanity from Luthor’s new continent.
– When superman “dies” above the atmosphere of Earth he is shown in a cross posture.
Meanwhile Lois Lane is an obvious type of atheism. Although she once believed in and even loved Superman, she’s now convinced the world doesn’t really need him. She’s obviously unhappy and bitter; she lacks the pizazz she had when she once believed.
Of course, all this heavy symbolism is useless if the story itself fails to capture the viewer’s attention. This is especially vital when the picture runs 2 hours and 34 minutes.
The film definitely has an epic vibe to it, even more so than the first in the series. It seems more serious, i.e. less campy, especially where Luthor and his team are concerned. The film also possesses an imperceptible reverent quality. Even though the whole Superman mythos is totally absurd, the film somehow enables the viewer to accept it as real. On top of all this there are numerous humorous bits, which are laugh-out-loud funny (watch out for the hilarious “It’s a bird,” “It’s a plane” piece).
Other things worth commenting on:
– Some complain that Kate Bosworth lacks charisma as Lois Lane, but this all fits into the bitter “I no longer believe” subplot. Bosworth is fine in the role.
– Some complain about Superman’s 5-year visit to Krypton. What’s the problem? Part of my youth was spent in Minneapolis and I’ve gone back there numerous times to quell my curiosity. Why wouldn’t Superman feel the same way? Why was he gone so long and why did he need a crystalized craft? Because he was potentially exposing himself to large amounts of Kryptonite (radioactive pieces of his homeworld) which would severely weaken him, not to mention he gets his powers from the Earth’s sun.
– Some complain about Lois’ fiancé and her son, the latter of whom may or may not be the offspring of Supes. Wouldn’t it be natural for Lois to move on after about two years waiting? Her “shacking up” before marriage can be attributed to her new “I no longer believe” mentality.
– Love is a strong theme here as is fitting for any retelling of the Christ story. Superman loves Lois and vice versa, even though Lois is initially in denial. Love gives life and saves from death.
– I liked the fact that Lois’ fiancé, Richard (Marsden), isn’t made out to be a villain. Interestingly, Lois picked a man who, as a pilot, could fly her around like Supes, albeit less spectacularly. I also like the fact that the film shows Lois being faithful to Richard even though she discovers she still loves Superman. The human heart is capable of loving more than one person, but can only be faithful or committed to one, if you know what I mean.
– Frank Langella is his usual charismatic self as Perry White.
– Kevin Spacey is excellent as Luthor and arguably superior to Hackman; this is especially evident as the story progresses. His larger-than-life lunatic scheme is truly fitting for Supe’s main foe.
– There are numerous dramatic parts where the film takes its time to tell the story; there’s obviously no rush to get to the next CGI action scene. Those with ADD beware. Needless to say, this is a film for adults even though kids will enjoy many aspects.
– “Superman Returns” was one of the most expensive films ever made at $209 million but made most of it back in North America ($200 million) while almost doubling it worldwide ($392 million). What’s strange is studio heads were disappointed with these numbers, claiming it should have made $500 million.
BOTTOM LINE: I was surprised to discover how good “Superman Returns” is. This is an epic and moving superhero film; sci-fi/fantasy at its best. Is it as good or better than the best superhero films? Not only is it as good, it’s deeper.
OK, but where was the FUN?
Good – using the Williams score, original titles style and Brando voice-over for the start sequence: all good calls;
Bad – Kate Bosworth: bad casting. No charisma. Never for a second convinced me that she was a spunky reporter;
Good – Brandon Routh: I thought nobody could fill Christopher Reeve’s shoes, but this lad does well;
Bad – costume. They got it right in the 70s movies. The effect of darkening the colours, reducing the shield size and dropping the waistline of the trunks is well-known to clothes designers – it makes the wearer look tall and thin. Reeve looked broad and imposing.
Good – saving the shuttle/plane, and dealing with the Metropolis “quake”;
Bad – not enough of that stuff;
Good – Spacey’s Luthor. Clearly grown from the same seeds as Hackman’s, but much more definitely a villain. I believed that this Luthor was fundamentally evil;
Bad – Kitty Kowalski. What an underwhelming character. Miss Tesmacher-lite;
Good – Richard White – a potentially interesting new character, to sit in a potentially very interesting group dynamic;
Bad – Tristan Lake Lebeau. Superman’s son is autistic? Sorry, kid – you were rubbish.
Good – tweaking the franchise back into life again;
Bad – forgetting that Superman isn’t Batman. Superman is supposed to be light. Superman is supposed to be FUN! Don’t take it so seriously, next time!
Strong Potential/Weak Execution!
Bryan Singer has made it no secret that he was going to make this film a sequel of sorts to the first two Superman films which starred Christopher Reeve. Which I though was an interesting idea even though I thought Superman 2 was lame. However, I thought the premise of Superman returning after a long absence was a great idea, unfortunately Singer’s heavy reliance on the first two films really crippled this film.
Some minor film details are included in my comments below which may hint at spoilers…
I attended a screening of Superman Returns last night, and even though I’m not the biggest Superman fan, I was REALLY looking forward to seeing this film. I have to admit I had misgivings about the casting of Kate Bosworth and Brandon Routh because there were too young. However Brandon Routh was the BEST Superman yet and Kate Bosworth really did very well as Lois Lane. Kevin Spacey was GREAT as Lex Luthor, especially when he and Routh (briefly) shared the screen. However Parker Posey was wasted in a dull cliché.
The opening credit sequence was amazing. Hearing the original Superman theme gave me chills. The next 45 minutes of the film were awesome. Lex’s reintroduction demonstrates at his ruthlessness even on a smaller scale. Clark Kent/Superman’s return home was thoughtful and well done, as was the reintroduction to the crew at the Daily Planet.
However, because Singer assumes that we all saw the first two films he apparently does not feel the need to develop any of the characters outside of Superman and Lois. Lex Luthor’s character is just a caricature of a mustache twirling villain, and even though Spacey does this very well, it’s hard to take him seriously as a threat. His “evil” plan is nothing more than a rehash of Gene Hackman’s Lex Luthor the 1978 film except using crystals instead of nukes. There is NO REAL logic behind his motives at all if you think about it. More importantly you just don’t care if he succeeds or not. Lex Luthor’s character is only validated in the very brief face to face confrontation with Superman at the end.
Let me say that Lex/Superman confrontation at the end is one of the BEST scenes in the whole film and further proof of wasted potential. Lex Luthor shows how truly evil he can be, and again Spacey does an amazing job here. The on screen presence of Brandon Routh and Kevin Spacey together was SO good. Routh could really hold his own next to Spacey. Too bad Singer couldn’t have found a way to elaborate on this scene or do something more interesting with the characters than just having Luther (figuratively) twirl his mustache and have Superman pine over Lois Lane the whole film.
Overall, this film is bound in a weak story with plot holes big enough to drive a truck through. The story relies too heavily on the Superman/Lois Lane love story so much so that the rest of the film, and the other characters, just feel like an after thought.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 34 min (154 min)
Genre Action, Sci-Fi
Director Bryan Singer
Writer Michael Dougherty (screenplay), Dan Harris (screenplay), Bryan Singer (story), Michael Dougherty (story), Dan Harris (story), Jerry Siegel (characters), Joe Shuster (characters)
Actors Brandon Routh, Kate Bosworth, Kevin Spacey, James Marsden
Country USA, Australia
Awards Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 12 wins & 46 nominations.
Production Company Warner Bros.
Sound Mix DTS, SDDS, Dolby Digital, Sonics-DDP (IMAX version)
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Panavision Genesis HD Camera, Panavision Primo Lenses
Laboratory Technicolor, Technicolor Digital Intermediates (digital intermediate)
Film Length 4,050 m (Portugal, 35 mm)
Negative Format 35 mm, HDCAM
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), HDCAM SR (1080p/24) (source format), Super 35 (source format) (high-speed shots)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic) (Kodak Vision Premier 2393), 70 mm (horizontal) (IMAX DMR blow-up) (Kodak Vision 2383), D-Cinema