I was able to watch Superman and to me, there is nothing really much super about him as what I have seen in this film. For instance, in one scene, he was being shot by a bank robber with a bullet hurling machine. However, I was pretty impressed when he was shot in the eye with a hand gun where the bullet just smashed and fell down. Of course, he has to flash his killer smile slash evil grin with him probably thinking at the back of his mind, “Hey, I’m Superman. I’m the man of steel. I can’t be killed with a bullet unless it has kryptonite.”
Superman is portrayed by the newcomer Brandon Routh and Lois Lane is portrayed by Kate Bosworth. In this movie, Superman returns to Earth after five years of spending his time at Krypton. When he came back at Daily Planet, he discovered that Lois Lane has been living in with her fiance and with their son. He was hurt when he saw an editorial writted by Lois entitled, “Why the World Doesn’t Need Superman” which won her a Pulitzer Prize. When I saw that, my initial reaction was it was just Lois’ coping mechanism since Superman did not even bother to say goodbye to her or anything for that matter. And so, this is a Hollywood movie for us where the plot is injected with a love triangle and with a mystery that Jason (Lois’ son) is not of Richard’s but it is of Clark Kent.
And Jason is indeed a bright kid. He’s the only one who was able to recognize how Clark Kent and Superman looks like. And the people from Daily Planet did not even have suspicions on why Clark Kent and Superman returned at the same time. Just imagine this, the Daily Planet receives photographs of Kodak moment Superman in action scenes and they still do not recognize that Clark Kent is Superman.
The only scene that has an impact on me is that when he was saving an aircraft with Lois Lane as one of the passengers. And that’s the time the title “Superman Returns” was captured. And I guess, that should be included in Lois Lane’s article Why the world needs Superman. Hmmm, maybe including “Superman’s the father of my child” would create a mass hysteria and would cause all the press and media people to be bugging her questions about Superman.
Superman has returned on the big screen and yet, I cannot still feel it.
Casting: 4 out of 5
Plot: 2.5 out of 5
Screenplay: 3 out of 5
Overall: 2.5 out of 5