Today, I went to see Superman Returns in the best movie format with Mark. The closest IMAX Theatre to me is two hours away though, so it wasn't just like I could run over and buy tickets. Had to wait in a lonnng long line. It started lining up an hour before the movie started! The representative on the phone wasn't kidding when we phoned in a day earlier. I'd say it was worth it. Now, to the features. Besides a six story by 80 foot wide screen, it boasted an incredible sound system that was neither too loud nor hushed enough for you to hear the annoying nitpickers that inevitably show up to a big summer movie. Also, it featured some nifty 3D effects that didn't require glasses to view. Basically they film it in such a way that it looks like it's popping out in front of you. I can't remember how Mark described it exactly. Picture quality was stellar, though you can tell it probably wasn't shot digitally. Some graininess abounds from time to time, but you barely notice it when you're actually focusing on the characters. As for the movie, I loved it. This is what a superhero movie should be like. It was both nostalgic and brought something new to the table with special effects and story. Bryan Singer's direction is top notch. Brandon Routh was the spitting image of Christopher Reeve. I kid you not. He's nailed it. The body language, the voice, everything is there. I was skeptical about a relative newcomer filling the void, but no longer. He also, of course, brings a little of his own nuances which do just fine. Kevin Spacey was a suitably darker Lex Luthor compared to Gene Hackman, but still had some lighthearted comedy from time to time. Kate Bosworth was a good Lois Lane and obviously a lot younger than Margot Kidder was even in the first film. She and Clark Kent retain the same dynamics as in past movies. Him rambling on, her interrupting him and almost paying no mind. Her character's evolved a bit since she's now a mother. The story was a lot darker than the previous films, which gained it a PG-13 rating. Some good plot twists here and there, great costumes (though I still want to know why Lex suddenly favours tucking his suit trousers into large motorcycle boots), and of course excellent special effects sequences round it out. There are a few parts that seemed a bit overdone, mushy, or repetitive, but you'll barely notice in this fun movie. My final verdict: 9/10. My advice: Go see it in IMAX. You'll thank me later.
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