Last night, M. and I snuck out to see the long-awaited Superman Returns. I'm pretty pleased with it. There were pacing issues, yes, and a distinct lack of supervillain punching. But the actors did a decent job. Parker Posey did her damnedest to steal the show, but man, if that Jimmy Olsen din't pull it off in a couple scenes. (My favorite: the burrito.) Spacey was exactly over-the-top enough. The writing only fell down a couple places. The direction was good, and IMHO did a good job at that 'sense of wonder' thing. Keeping so much of the original music was a great call, as was re-creating some famous Superman scenes/covers. So, good stuff, with a couple reservations. But hey, it's summer.
New trailers: * The Ant Bully - Ye-ah. Big maybe, but didn't we have enough animated bug movies already? * The Night Listener - Excellent cast, here's hoping it isn't overly predictable. * Flyboys - Hey, I'm a big WW1 fan. Plus, Green Goblin! Wait. Well, either way, Tcheky Karyo. * Spider-Man 3 - All over this. As was the audience. Though I think the Goblin flashes by too fast in the theater, as I heard a couple people ask what that was. Bonus: Topher Grace. Depending on how you define 'bonus.' * Lady in the Water - I think this trailer is going to sell it to a lot of people. Of course, it's M. Night, so there's still room to goof it up. I'm signed up.