Apr 29, 2012
I take it the half point is for the plane crash scene?
I had to rate it something.
Are you a fan of the other Superman movies?
Haven't seen them since I was a kid, and really have little interest in revisiting them.
I'm not a fan of Superman, in general. He's a completely over-powered rip-off of Doc Strange and nothing more.
Doc Strange premiered in 1940, Superman in 1938.
Sorry, meant Doc Savage, aka Clark Savage, the Man of Bronze. You know, the guy with the Fortress of Solitude in the arctic.
He was also the main influence for Batman.
Oh - without a doubt, you are correct about that. John Carter was a huge influence as well for Superman.
There are no real original ideas, everything is a derivative in some form of something else, though.
Have you read the Doc Savage/Batman crossovers?
(Rather than comment there, I also wanted to add - I like most of your reviews quite a bit. They at least normally elicit a chuckle. But your Benjamin Button review, I think missed the mark a bit. Still - good writing style and good eye.)
I think there are plenty of original ideas. There are just few original thinkers. It's up to the creative talents to take what is there and put a unique spin on it to make it fresh and different and original, but that's a lot of hard work. People would rather just pull a Tarantino and copy verbatim. Not nearly as difficult.
For me Tarantino is the only guy who can really pull off the "homage" idea. He doesn't try to hide that he's basically going shot for shot from his favorite movies, but he does work with the dialogue but he adds his own flair and music in it. I can't really hate him too much. I actually learn a good but watching his movie.
Now George Lucas on the other hand, mostly only does "homage" and gets insanely famous from it, while trying to hide that he's basically completely nicking from everyone else.
Lucas is actually quite good at taking existing material and spinning it into something that hasn't been seen before. At least, he used to be. The prequel trilogy is pathetic in every way, and I only acknowledge its existence for the Red Letter Media reviews. If you have not seen them, do yourself a favor and check them out. They are very long, but incredibly insightful and hilarious.
I actually agree with you for once, Superman returns is akin to a pot noodle, it promises so much and delivers so little. and whats worse is the plane crash made me think that it might actually be worth watching, and boy was i wrong, and that bleeding kid with the piano, i saw it comming and i was hoping they wouldn't go there and they did and they just made a shit movie even worse.
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