Superman Week: Superman Returns
Plot Summary: After 5 years in space, looking for the remains of planet Krypton, Superman returns to Earth. He misses Lois Lane, who lives with Richard White and has a son. Meanwhile, Lex Luthor plots an evil plan, using crystals he stole from the Fortress of Solitude, to create a new land and submerge the USA.
The big overall plot with Lex Luthor returning and once again having some huge real estate scam going on is a little ridiculous. That is until you realize that Bryan Singer directed this film as if it were a sequel to Superman 2, and acted as though 3 and 4 never happened (as most fans wish they didn't). In the end its a very enjoyable story, which I had fun watching.
The acting in this film was great, and the casting made sense for the roles with the direction that Singer wanted to go in. Brandon Routh is often referred to as "the actor that destroyed Superman" but in my eyes its the complete opposite. He was great in the role in that he gave off the aura of a hero which you would expect from an actor playing Superman. His performance as Clark Kent was equally as great as his take on superman. Able to pull off the likable, but square "Kansas boy" to a T.
Superman Returns isn't a film without its share of flaws. My biggest complaint was that it did get a few points of the origin wrong, such as a young Clark wearing glasses. Also I will admit that at points the films pacing seemed to slow down and did lead to a few dull spots. Neither of these really hurt my enjoyment of the film though to be honest.
Overall I enjoyed this film for what it was intended to be. After re watching the series for this week of reviews I can say this is an outstanding followup to the first two Donner films. It has a great story with action and heroics mixed in. While it certainly isn't a film for everyone, it is one id suggest giving a look.