We went to see Superman Returns in iMax 3D last night, and it was pretty damn good. It did everything it needed to, but had a few things that bugged me.
1. Five years have passed in "story" time since Superman 4, but "real" time has jumped ahead 20-some years in technical innovations and the like. Supes used to change in a phone booth. Now he carries a cell phone. And it's only been five years? Eh...
2. It's five years later, but Brandon Routh and Kate Bosworth look decidedly younger than Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder did in their respective renditions of Clark and Lois. Brandon does have an uncanny resemblance to Reeve in both voice and stature, not to mention him really getting a handle on Clark's dorky mannerisms. Still, I had trouble buying these fresh young up-and-coming Hollywood faces as actually being older and wiser versions of the characters we last saw two decades ago (or five years ago, depending on how you measure it).
3. They never explain what he brought back with him from Krypton at the beginning. Was that a ship? Part of the Krypton planetary debris? A friend suggested that it was his ship, but I argued that it was pretty well trashed when he first landed many years ago, and was more of an escape pod than a pilotable ship. I also asked why he would need a ship since he can fly in space anyway. Well, maybe being back home weakened him. But would he have known it would affect him so before leaving? The object he appeared next to was much bigger than the pod he arrived in initially. Did he just build it in his backyard? Or did he make it out of one of those Kryptonian crystals, a la Lex Luthor's whole scheme in the rest of the movie? If that was what they were going for, they needed to make that connection more CLEAR.
I was going to review it for BlogCritics, but Tama beat me to it. And in doing so, got me to go look at her blog, which is one I'm going to have to visit more often. Especially for posts like this and this.