What am I talking about this time: The Death of Superman Animate Movie
Directed by Jake Castorena & Sam Liu
Written by Peter Tomasi
Stars: Jerry O’Connell (Superman/Clark), Rebecca Romijn (Lois Lane), Rainn Wilson (Lex Luthor), Rosario Dawson (Wonder Woman), Nathan Fillion (Green Lantern)
Overall Review: 4 out of 5 Bloody Symbols of Hope
Is it worth $17.99-$19.99 To Own ON DVD/Blue-Ray? No.
Is it worth $1.99 for Red box or iTunes rental? YES! But not till Aug 7th.
Spoiler Free Review:
There is a lot to love about this movie. The storytelling is tight. The script is strong, the pacing moves at super speed, taking off with an upward movement that seems to fly. The animation is hot, like two lasers scorching through metal, and the sound design has freeze breath cause I ran out of powers that make it sound awesome.
There are some small chunks of Kryptonite in this otherwise Superb film, but let’s focus on the good before we get to irritated meteor rocks that weaken the whole.
This is a retelling of the Death Of Superman, a monumental series from 1992 that has been told and retold many times since than. They’ve updates this film in some very clever ways so this old post-crisis story fits perfectly into a post-52 timeline. The true achievements in this film are the fantastically brutal action sequences. Doomsday is a true force of nature, tearing through anything in it’s path with terrifying ferocity. The fight choreography, while deeply violent, is fresh and original and a wonder to watch. These moments are enhanced by some truly emotionally touching moments of sincerity between Superman and Lois. This dichotomy is extremely hard to do in a story so well known, and well tread, as The Death Of Superman.
The DC Animated movies are hit and miss, in that order… it seems like for everyone great one released, it is followed by mediocrity. This one is defiantly one of the great ones. For the most part.
Rebecca Romijn as Lois Lane and Rainn Wilson as Lex Luthor hit it out of the park. Lois felt real and in character, her humor landed just as hard as her sentiments. Lex is snide, snotty, and petulant. Rosario Dawson’s Wonder Woman feels a little off sometimes, but it feels almost intentional, especially because she nails Diana’s big moments so well. Nathan Fillion’s Green Lantern sounds exactly like if Nathan Fillion were wearing a power ring… and I’m totally ok with that.
However, Jerry O’Connell’s Superman is the first soar thumb to stand out. His moments of intimacy with Lois and fielding his doubts with the Justice League are fantastic, real, and well acted… but his heroic beats as Superman seem unsure and almost uncomfortable. There is almost no difference between his Superman and his Clark, which is a fine choice as an actor to make… except that choice didn’t seem to work. The music is the same, sometimes subtly enhancing a characters dialogue or triumphantly announcing a moment… but the at odd times would randomly jar me out of a scene.
Superman has always drawn a lot of religious inspiration, comparison, and allusion… but this movie hits you so much over the head with it, it feels like a C+ college essay written on red-bull for a Frat House Jock for $50.
Did this stuff bother me? Yes, but, there was one Easter Egg line that almost brought me to tears and for that moment and many more, I loved this film. Greg Mancz Jersey