||[Aug. 2nd, 2006|10:50 am]
Superman Returns is a much better movie than I expected. Not so much because of the plot -- that's pretty much comic book stuff, and doesn't pretend to be anything more than that, except towards the end when they lay on the Christ Allegory so thick it makes "Lion Witch & Wardrobe" look like the Jackass movie.|
What really got to me about it is the visual style. The way Superman moves when he's flying is dreamlike; it reminded me of Cocteau's Orpheus. The pace is very relaxed, in a very un-Action-Movie way. Brandon Routh is OK, but I don't really think you get much from an actor when nearly everything he does is with green screen. Two of my favorite actors are under-utilized -- Parker Posey and Eva Marie Saint (who was great in "Dont Come Knocking").