‘Superman Returns’ is us at our best

“Superman Returns” is the best movie ever made about Superman and ranks alongside the first “Avengers,” which actually rejuvenated the entire genre.
Yes, that’s right. “Superman Returns,” the 2006 film directed by Bryan Singer, captures the majesty of film-making with a God-like spirituality and the experience of a real-life superhero.
I re-watched the film recently and was mesmerized by its beauty, its grace, its ballet of the heavens. I watch movies all the time. I love them. And now since I am unemployed – I do the occasional free-lance writing job for the local newspaper or pol – I have more time to explore movies. “Superman Returns” deserves to be recognized as the only Superman movie that captured the essence of the man, the nation, the world, the universe.
The shots of his flying are so graceful, you lose yourself in the peace of the flight with the soaring music as a other-worldly backdrop. The gentleness of his being.
There apparently was criticism that there wasn’t enough action sequences, but that is just the point. Superman is not about action or realism. Superman is about a better world, a better thought, a better humanity, something we certainly need now.
His relationship with his son is pure joy. And maybe that’s why this movie is so good, it is pure.
Superman is a wish, a prayer of a world that is free of violence. He is not a nuclear deterrent. His being dissolves the need for violence. There is no confusion here. No oversight. No litigation. It is very much like Baba Ram Das’ missive “Be Here Now, Be Here.” Pure. Joy. Grace. Ballet. Heaven. God-like. Now, the always infinite now.
Bryan Singer had it right. Superman is us when we embrace the better angels of our nature.


About stevewhitmore

Former award-winning newspaperman and broadcast journalist, both radio and TV, spanning three decades. Army-trained paralegal, court bailiff and prosecutor's lead investigator for the 8th Infantry Division's Judge Advocate General's Corp., Mainz, Germany. 1973-1975.
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