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Opened in Theaters: Wednesday, June 28th, 2006

Directed by Bryan Singer

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Superman Returns: An IMAX 3D Experience
Following a mysterious absence of several years, the Man of Steel comes back to Earth, a soaring new chapter in the saga of one of the world's most beloved superheroes. While an old enemy plots to...  View more >

PG-13
some intense action violence

Starring Brandon Routh, Kate Bosworth, Kevin Spacey...  View more >

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[--- Good ---]by Scott Jentsch VIP MemberAug 3, 2006

The story of Superman Returns comes very close to a See Now! rating, but the addition of 3D actually drags it down.

While the 3D scenes comprise only about 20 minutes of a two and a half hour movie, having to put glasses on and off on cue completely takes you out of the story. I knew this would happen going in, so that wasn't a surprise. So then, the question becomes, is the 3D effect worth the extra expense of seeing it in an IMAX theater and dealing with polarized 3D glasses?

The answer to that would be: not really. The 3D effects were impressive when one knows that the movie was not intended to be a 3D movie. Since the conversion team had to work with a two-dimensional source, their accomplishments were remarkable. But that's where it ends. The effect is interesting, but it really doesn't lend much to the story being told, so it is more of a gimmick and a curiousity than it is a benefit to the movie.

I found the 3D effects to be similar to a child's Viewmaster toy, where you look through a viewer to look at photographic slides with a 3D effect. All the 3D scenes in Superman Returns had the appearance that an object was at the screen's distance, and everything behind it was then located behind the screen's plane (further away from the viewer). While this may sound like it should be, I've seen 3D demonstrations where objects actually come toward you and appear inches away from your face at times. This is a much better illusion of depth, but I would imagine such effects may only be possible when you have a 3D source to work with instead of converting a flat image.

One final comment I have about the experience is that I found wearing the glasses to be a little fatiguing on my eyes. It was similar to crossing your eyes for too long and when you take off the glasses, you have a little bit of a weird feeling as your eyes relax again. I'm not sure I would want to watch a feature-length movie with the glasses on all the time, but perhaps it's better when you aren't taking them off and putting them back on periodically.

The surrounds are very active, and the scene before and during the opening credits is very impressive with a good sound system. I was walking in just as the movie began and almost lost my concessions when an explosion rocked the theater!

That said, I'm not a big Superman fan, and I enjoyed the movie. I wouldn't buy it on DVD, but I would recommend seeing it in a theater if possible. 3D isn't necessary, and not worth the added expense unless you are curious/interested in that feature specifically. 

[--- Good ---]by Ron Higgins VIP MemberAug 7, 2006

I'd rate this as a "Very Good", while I felt that the 3D stuff was good, it was annoying to put on and take off the glasses. I missed the first cue to take them off, but it was pretty obvious that they were no longer needed. Overall, I liked the film, but thought that Perry could or should have been more of a hardass and Lex could have been more evil. Thought that Brandon Routh did a good job. 




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