Jun. 29th, 2006 11:19 pm
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Anthony Lane reviews "Superman Returns" for the New Yorker, and begins with his view of the audience demographics:

"Dotted here and there will be Supermaniacs—some of them sporting red underpants, others in panty hose of royal blue, none of them happily married."

Thank God for costume-wearing dorks, or who else would we have to feel superior to? That's a damn cheap shot, that is, but not all that surprising given that he seems not to like superhero movies in general, not to know that there's been any Superman media aside from Lois and Clark in the last twenty-eight years, and not to have really wanted to see this movie. The last few sentences of the review: "...in 'Thus Spake Zarathustra' [Nietzsche] scorns what he calls 'extraterrestrial hopes' in favor of those, rooted on earth, who struggle to overcome the weakness of their own humanity. That is a proper, if perilous, subject for grownup cinema, and I for one have grown tired of supermen, and superwomen, who start with such a flagrant advantage over the rest of us. Mind you, if Superman is such a paragon, how come he wants to save a species so universally dumb that not a single member of it recognizes him when he puts on a pair of glasses?"

Generally, I don't have a problem with Anthony Lane's reviews, but come on now. Couldn't they have gotten someone who didn't already dislike it even before stepping into the theater to review it? I guess it bugs me because I'm trying to figure out if I want to go see it or not, and this was about as useful as Jerry Falwell writing a review of lesbian erotica.


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