Wednesday, July 05, 2006
Best Movie of the Summer (Until this Weekend, At Least)
This is going to be a very positive review of Superman Returns until I get distracted and complain about people who are determined to dislike Superman and Star Wars. I'm telling you that right now so you can decide if you want to read it or not. And the picture I posted above has nothing to do with Superman Returns, I just felt that my blog had been without anything to look at lately.
Anyway, I bought tickets for last Friday's 3-D IMAX Superman weeks ago, and ever since I bought them, I was thinking less and less about Superman and almost not even caring about the movie. On Friday I spent 7 hrs. taking a simulated Bar exam (I scored a few points below the target score, and I'm okay with that because the test gave me lots of reasons to be optimistic about my final official Bar performance) and it left me feeling really beat up and not at all thinking about Superman.
(I'll spare you the step-by-step story of me getting to the movie theater and eating a hotdog before the movie and picking up my 3D glasses if that's what you thought you were about to get)
I cannot explain it, but the second Superman Returns began I was absolutely transfixed. I could not take my eyes off the screen. It was a feeling that I don't think I've had in probably more than 20 years. For some reason, I loved this movie more than I could have ever imagined, and now that I'm writing this little report, I cannot muster the reason for it. Mostly what I do know is that I've talked to a number of happy people who really liked it, but then I talk to people and they're like, "Well . . . I really hated the plot and the pacing and the acting was so stiff and the this and the that and dumb dumb dumb Superman movie." And I think, "I don't know what you're talking about." Perhaps I'm being troublesome, but why do people need to dislike Superman or the Star Wars prequels? Where's the benefit in that, what are you getting out of sitting around with your friends talking about how you could have made them better. You really could have made a better Star Wars movie or Superman movie? That's funny, considering you took 6 years to finish college/work the night shift at a flower shop/live with your granduncle/study botany or whatever.
These movies are all so easy to like, and I feel like they're just presents that were made for us . . . I mean, on each one hundreds if not thousands of people worked for a long time at a price of hundreds of millions of dollars to make you a movie so you could have a little fun, why you gotta go watch it and be all gruesome about how it ruined your life and childhood? Don't you know about being a polite guest who just says "no thank you"?
Superman Returns, to me, was awesome and I dug every second of it . . . even the seconds where Lois Lane's hairline looked a little weird. The movie really made me think about Superman's feelings and Lex Luthor was really mean to Superman. I look forward to Pirates 2.
Exempt from my rant: People who went into Superman Returns expecting a good time but unfortunately it just didn't click for them and they left disappointed and wishing they liked it more.
Not Exempt from My Rant: People that had that same experience with any of the Star Wars prequels.
Posted by Brigham at 10:35 AM