Thursday, June 29, 2006

"Superman Returns."

The soon-to-be Badger's wife claims that I was more excited about the arrival of a new Superman movie than our wedding. Clearly that's not true, but I was certainly extremely excited. I took great pains to avoid reading critics' comments beforehand, and I'm glad I did. Yesterday, at 8 p.m., I experienced one of the most satisfying movie experiences of my entire life. The movie was perfect.

I'll spare you any plot commentary since I doubt you've seen it yet, but for 2.5 hours the director and cast created a world where you can really imagine Superman existing in your life. You feel a sense of joy and pride that he's returned home after having been gone for 5 years, and more importantly (and more difficult to pull off), the relationships among all the characters flow well and are believable (as believable as can be for a man from another planet, at least).

I encourage you to see the movie without bias, then go check out some of the reviews. I just read Roger Ebert's, and although I will always respect his tremendous writing abilities, he continues to lose points with me for his "I've been a movie critic for a bazillion years so I'm jaded as hell" attitude and casual declaration of non-obvious plot points that should be left to the viewer's surprise.

Bottom line - if you enjoyed the first two Superman movies (which are near the top of my list), you will love this one.

2 Comments:

Anonymous bramick said...

Looks like someone else went to see the movie as well. I agree it's a must see.
My Review

9:23 AM  
Anonymous Radiohou said...

Yes, Badger, for that special period--when you were chortling exuberantly and pumping your fist every two minutes--I too believed that Superman existed in my life. Then, I realized I'm not 12 anymore. Ceremony.

12:37 PM  

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