Superman reviews coming in
June 25, 2006
On a somewhat lighter note than my last post, I noticed that Metacritic, a site which indexes and scores movie reviews, has added a page for Superman Returns, which opens this Wednesday. The current overall score is 85/100, and though this will certainly change as more reviews are added, it is certainly a heartening sign at this early juncture.
Looking at the seven that have been posted, I find particularly interesting Time critic Richard Corliss’ discussion of the evidently pervasive Christian symbolism: “He is not a super man; he is a god (named Kal-El), sent by his heavenly father (Jor-El) to protect Earth.” I will be sure to pay particular attention to this when I see the film on Tuesday evening (aren’t advance screenings wonderful?). Watch this spot for a review–perhaps as early as late Tuesday night–and of course, go see the film, if only to help Warner Bros. make back the $225 million they spent to bring supes to the big screen once again.
Update 6/26: The recently posted New York Times review of the film places a heavy emphasis on the symbolism as well (it extends even to the subhead). Critic Manohla Dargis seems to like the film fairly well, though at the end she wonders “what the point is beyond the usual grandiosity” that accompanies such endeavors. Look for my own review late tomorrow night (I hope).
–D. S. W.