Tuesday, March 22, 2011

All-Star Superman

***DISCLAIMER*** The following review is entirely my opinion. If you comment (which I encourage you to do) be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion, that's fine. To each their own. I am just sharing my opinions and perspective. Finally, the reviews are given on a scale of 1-5. 1, of course, being terrible. 2, being not great. 3, being okay. 4, being good and 5, being epic!

All-Star Superman - 3 out of 5

Despite being one of the greatest superheroes ever invented Superman doesn't have the best track record when it comes to films--even animated ones. Sure the first one with Christopher Reeves was awesome but none of the others really lived up--especially Superman Returns. As far as the animated films, Superman: Doomsday really set the standard but all other Superman animated films didn't compare. Even All-Star Superman (based upon the comic series of the same name) isn't as good as it could have been.

If you ever read the series, you would know that in it, Superman does a lot of stuff in the twelve issues because he was dying, so doing a animated adaptation of it would definitely prove difficult. Not surpringly, many aspects of the comic series were left out but even with the bare bones story, the film feels rushed and probably could have benefited from a longer running length (even as it is, it was 75 minutes long). This feeling of rushing the story definitely hurts the film more than anything. And between you and me, I really wish they would have left in the scene from the comics where Supes saved the person from suicide.

However, there is a lot that works here. Like all other DC animated films, the animation is awesome and there's some great action going on here. Also, the voice acting is fantastic as we have Wisteria Lane resident, Mike Delfino (James Denton) doing the voice of Supes and one of the sexiest buxom redheads the world has ever seen (Christina Hendricks) takes on the role of Lois Lane. Anthony LaPaglia, Ed Asner and Bender himself; John DiMaggio also co-star with their voice talents in this story of a dying Superman.

If you like Superman or have read the series this film was based on, you'll enjoy this movie. Granted a lot was taken out from the series and some aspects that were left in for the film didn't really need to be there either but All-Star Superman soars at a respectable 3 out of 5.

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