Welcome to Oliver Harper’s Retrospectives & Reviews. Like us all at FTN, Oliver LOVES cinema, and like us, he has passions that not everyone shares, but he feels obligated to put the word out. This week Oliver looks at Superman Returns… we’ll let him tell you the aims of these videos himself. Over to you, Oliver…
Every week FTN will be hosting videos looking back at classic films from the 80s and early 90s…
The videos will be a retrospective look back at a particular film covering all sides of the production and discussing how the film turned out. Many people on the net generally like to discuss films with a negative attitude and take joy in bashing films for comedic effect which does work but often many of the reviews aren’t researched well or films are taken out of context for the purpose of making a joke and I feel websites such as youtube have become over-saturated with these types of videos, I wanted to do something different.
“Often you come across films with no extras available on the DVD and you want to know more about it, so with some of the upcoming videos I will be discussing films that don’t get the respect they deserve or the ones that aren’t as bad as people think…”
After nearly 20 years we finally got a new Superman film! Originally it was set out to be a reboot but Bryan Singer, a huge fan of the original 1978 classic Superman The Movie, wanted to honour and homage that film with a follow up. Taking place after the events of Superman II, but ignoring Superman III and IV.
What fans got was a dark and depressing Return of the Man of Steel. Returning to Earth after being away for five years on a mission to find the remains of Krypton, he find Lois has moved on and has a child. Fans were disappointed with the movie’s lack of action, with the early on plane rescue being the only big epic sequence in the film, Superman Returns was banded dull by many.
At the time, many publications gave it top marks and critics alike loved it but after a couple of years its popularity dropped sharply. Let’s find out and why and also let’s see why I was annoyed and disappointed by the movie.