While this sequel isn't quite as polished and magical as the film that preceded it, there is still something immensely wonderful about it. The villains are still among the best in all of comic book films and the dynamic between Clark and Lois has never been more interesting on film than it is here...even though I'll always be puzzled about Clark's sudden ability to wipe Lois' memory at the end of the film. The rest of the film is so charming though I have to give it a pass.
Michael Moore has the power to turn people against each other in record time if you happen to disagree on his merits as a documentary filmmaker but with Bowling For Columbine I truly believe he defined a time period of American history better than any other cinematic resource. He asks some very difficult questions here that ultimately can't be answered definitively but as a conversation starter this is perfection.
The saddest thing about it though is that 10 years later…
If someone had told me ten years ago that Ben Affleck was about to direct three standout films in a row with the third film destined for numerous Oscar nominations, I would have slapped said person hard and unleashed a barrage of expletives at him/her with a thick (and horribly fake) Boston accent. At the time no one would have thought me out of line, but sure enough, Affleck has proven me wrong in a very big way.