Superman Returns (2006)Franchises, sequels,and remakes plagueour theaters. So fewhave merit, but somany are irresistibleas a result of theirnostalgia factor. Likeyouthful days gone by, we long to relivethe moments we spent with our favoriteon-screen characters. Unfortunately,once we buy our tickets, we realize thatthe director wants to impose a "new" and "different" spin on our treasuredmemories. It is rare to find a directorlike Bryan Singer who approaches anon-screen revival with a reverence forthe past, embracing rather than annihilatingthe work that came before him.The world needs a Superman andSinger delivered. Superman Returns,however, has its flaws—taking so longto rev up and set up, that I can barelyrecall the plot. What I do remember,however, is how much I appreciatedhearing John Williams' score, MarlonBrando's voice, and Brian Routh'suncanny representation of ChristopherReeve. The drama regarding Lois Lane(Kate Bosworth) and Superman is alsoback with a greater depth than has everbeen shown in prior films. And I wouldbe remiss not to mention Kevin Spaceyas Lex Luther, whose eeriness lends apalpable fatalism to the supervillain.Alas, this very satisfying dose of nostalgiacomes with a price—a sluggishpace and a mediocre storyline. I canonly hope that Singer is setting thingsup, as he did with the X-Men franchise,for an action-packed second act.
Lisa A. Tomaszewski, editor of Physician's MoneyDigest, has recently completed her PhD in literatureat Drew University in New Jersey. She is anavid fan of film and has taught a summer filmcourse at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Shewelcomes questions, comments, or suggestionsfor future film reviews at 609-524-9569 firstname.lastname@example.org.