Things I liked about Superman Returns:

  • The reuse of the original John Williams theme and style of opening titles. (Geek.)
  • Marlon Brando, still acting despite being dead for several years.
  • Brandon Routh. (Did you expect me to say anything else?)
  • Kevin Spacey.
  • The image of Superman with car aloft, taken directly from the cover of Action Comics #1 of June 1938 (though on the cover he was smashing it, not placing it gently down as in the film). (Geek.)

Things I disliked:

  • The pacing. Oh, it’s so slow.
  • The cute kid.
  • Kate Bosworth as Lois Lane. (I’m not worried about her bouncing around an airplane cabin without sustaining a single bruise, because, well, Superman can fly.)
  • Richard Branson as a shuttle crew member (you could also spot “Virgin Galactic” in the background of one scene). All credit to him, he’s a PR genius. But, gah.

On balance, it was OK, but no more than that. Bryan Singer did a better job on X-Men.

Avaragado’s rating: fourteen pretzels

Post film, post pint, we ate at Fitzbillies. For some, the first ever visit. It could be the last too: small menu, very small portions. My creme brulee was no more than two inches in diameter, probably less. But not cheap, oh no.

Disappointing. We undertipped, despite a 12.5% tip being added to the bill as we were a party of five (since when was that a large party?).

Avaragado’s rating: a stack of seven mini pizzas on a big plate drizzled with “jus”


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