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Super-good 'Superman'

July 15, 2006|by BRAD SMITH

"Superman Returns" is purely ... super, for lack of a better word. This movie is just as good as "Superman" Nos. 1 and 2.

With that said, I do think the writers and director could have done more to this plot. I mean, this is the first Superman film in 20 years, and it seems like they're playing the same cards they do every time, with a few extras in the deck, of course.

The way the story is set up is that Superman has left Earth to find his home planet, Krypton. He returns to our humble planet after five years and tries to pick up where he left off. He sees that his favorite newspaper reporter, Lois Lane, is a mommy now. And guess who left for five years without saying goodbye.

There is a lot of nostalgia involved in this movie. The "Superman Returns" cast includes the actors who played Lois Lane (Noel Neill) and Jimmy Olsen (Jack Larson) from the 1950s Superman TV show.

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Another nostalgic thing is the scene where Superman saves a car from crashing. The whole pose is just like the cover from Action Comics No. 1, the first appearance of Superman - except in the comic he was actually shaking criminals from the car instead of saving the car's driver.

Whoa, whoa, whoa, hold on a sec!

Sorry, I was starting to geek out a little.

With everything considered, "Superman Returns" is an excellent movie. I give it nine pieces of kryptonite out of 10.

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