All Star Superman Movie
All Star Superman was one of the best Superman stories I read when it was released and it still is. Yes, there was a problem with it, and it is the same problem any great story has: it was unable to please everyone. Superman fans are a demanding and diverse lot, but fortunately, enough of us recognised All Star Superman for what it is, a great Superman story. Thanks to this recognition, we have the option of seeing the aforementioned in action. Yes, mate, it’s that good!
All Star Superman is technically the last Superman story. It shows Superman at his best, knowing that he’s going to fall irrevocably. That’s not all, though. It also shows us Lois Lane, and why Superman loves her above all other women. It shows us Lex Luthor, explaining not only why he’s a villain, but why he’s just as human as any of us, and almost as super as Superman. It’s a faithful adaptation of the comic, but that doesn’t make it unapproachable; on the contrary, it just makes it more exceptional.
The voice acting of James Denton and Christina Hendricks is better than good. You will believe that these are the voices of Superman and Lois Lane. Superman sounds calm, assured, all ways in control, and Lois has the lilt of the girl you know and want to know better. The animation is not stellar, as it tries to follow Quitely’s art, which just isn’t possible on the screen, but it’s more than enough to gain your attention and maintain it. The two merged make for something more than just a comic adaption. What you get is a mature story of Superman, something you would expect in a live action film.
Lois Lane finally comes across as the woman Superman loves and you get why. She’s not pretty, she’s beautiful. She’s not sexy, she’s enthralling, and it’s all about attitude and deportment. You see why Superman loves her, because she has a depth that a man like Superman would see . . . and be taken with. Lex Luthor explains why he hates Superman, and you agree with him. Superman steals his thunder by just being who he is; he’s not even trying, while Luthor has to work at it. Even if Luthor is the smartest man on the planet, he’s still human: he gets tired, he ages, and he has to sweat. It has to burn when you see Superman flying just because he wants to. Still, even Luthor is shown to be closer to Superman than we expect, when he “sees”, finally sees what Superman can. Lastly, Superman is what he should be: a hero, an emblem, dynamic, and he completes each feat in a way that only he could. He turns every disadvantage to a plus, culminating in his death being just in time for him to fix the sun.
I had to view this three times, because I didn’t want to sound like a fanboy, but I probably still do. I don’t care. It’s that good. You want to have a great 90 minutes, watch All Star Superman: The Movie. Me? I’m going to go watch it again.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|Everything that Superman should be and is, it’s all here!||Without some knowledge of Superman’s continuity, i.e. Kandor and the Silver Age stories, some scenes may be more confusing than entertaining.|