Cards on the table – I liked the first movie from 1978. It was damn good and exactly what Superman should be – cheesy, comicy, man-can-fly-y.
This picks up from there. The comparison is clear – the world has to be cleaned up, there’s an evil baddie, Superman must overcome odds that should have killed him. All there with a big helping of flight and the central core of a love story between a dweeb and an eccentric reporter.
Soapbox: That relationship, the basic love story, is actually what these films are buoyed up by and has been sadly missed in the big-budget, modern superhero movies that go for smashing and crashing and roaring and explosions. Writers should take some time to care about their characters rather than pander to what execs thinks sells. Write some guts into it.
The connection between old and new is obvious but the effects are updated although not by much. Nothing looks bad or unbelievable however it’s let down by the lack of stirring music even though the original score is used at times. Also the depiction of his flying and the camera angles on the bad guys is not as bold as it could have been so the element of wonder isn’t as keen. Not sure of Kate as a choice either as she’s a little but TV for the silver screen.
A nerdy word about James who has managed a cross over between DC and Marvel showing that this can happen!
Good effort, good modern kick-start for the caped-one but I can see why critics wanted more as the man of steel doesn’t pose with his chest out or have the charm of a more confident alien. (Christopher Reeves is still the Man)
DVD Extras: None. Really a shame but none.
Watchability (once, twice, etc.)
Watch if on TV?
Hug, Snog, Marry, Avoid?