You can’t watch the 3D and I-MAX version of Superman Returns in Bangalore because we don’t have an I-MAX theatre here. I watched the movie in Hyderabad, which does have an I-MAX.
The I-MAX theatre is big and has a huge screen. However, unlike the other I-MAX theatres that I’ve been to, the screen was too close to the viewers. The others that I’ve been to have seats a fair distance away, so that even if you are in the first row, you can enjoy the movie. Not so in Hyderabad. We were lucky though, we got a decent set of seats.
They handed out special polarized glasses and someone told us how to use them and what we’d have to do if we damaged them (pay Rs. 500). The movie started right after that (no previews).
Superman Returns is about Superman returning to Planet Earth after five years of vacation. Actually, he goes to Krypton which was discovered five years earlier by astronauts, blah blah. He leaves without telling anyone where he’s going and so people are wondering where he went.
Lex Luther, played by Kevin Spacey, has been released from prison and is back to his evil, scamming ways. Lois Lane has a child and is living with her fiancee. Jimmy Olsen, who’s mildly irritating and wholly childish, is the one who fills Clark Kent up on the ‘back story’. Kent is lucky to get his old job back.
The movie is set up nicely and we see Superman struggle with his love for Lois, her confusion about the two men in her life, Luther’s grand plans, and how it all unfolds. The 3D parts are pretty cool and though in some scenes the people look like miniature toys, it’s fun to watch. Brandon Routh as Superman is well-cast; I felt that he was better than Christopher Reeve. Kate Bosworth is excellent as Lois Lane.
The movie could’ve been a little bit shorter because at times it dragged a little. Bryan Singer did pull off the feat of bringing back Superman and making the movie interesting, so I can’t be too picky. If you want to read an in-depth review, check out Singer’s Superman , an excellent, two-part article on BustedHalo by Grant Gallicho.
The movie’s definitely worth a watch and if you’re in Hyderabad, do check it out at the I-MAX.