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Subject: Superman Returns and Krrish
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Hey guys plz forward this to your groups,
saw the new trailer on AVS, it looks cool!
ITS A SUPER HERO SUMMER WITH THE RELEASE OF...
SUPERMAN RETURNS and KRRISH
by Kal Parekh
check it out!
directed by Bryan Singer. written by Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris. Based on the story by Singer, Dougherty and Harris.140 mins. PG-13
In June, 1938 the first comic showcasing Superman was published. It went through amazing transformation through out the decades, with good and bad TV shows; radio shows; films and yes even a musical. I think it is safe to say that in our collective consciousness Christopher Reeve is Superman! Richard Donner's 1978 film put Superman on the world map, inspiring three more films and introducing him to a whole new generation. There is not a country that won't recognize the man of steel. Unlike Batman or Spider-man or any other superhero, Superman is not of this world. He is the "ultimate immigrant" and so belongs to all of Earth's inhabitants.
Christopher Reeve will never be replaced. He was born to play the man of steel. His stature and presence can never be duplicated. His confident assuring smile is perfect. But after watching the new movie, I am okay with Brandon Routh playing the new man of steal. He has just enough of Reeve's personality for us to accept him and he brings freshness to the Superman of the new millennium. He is able to give convincing performances as Clark Kent, Kal-El and Superman. Kate Bosworth is an unlikely choice for Lois Lane, but she portrays her frustration and anger well enough for us to believe her as the character. Both Routh and Bosworth share a good amount of chemistry for us to care about them and their relationship. Frank Langella is okay as Perry White. James Marsden (X-Men films) does a better job as his nephew Richard White. Sam Huntington as Jimmy Olsen provides much of the comic relief. While Kevin Spacey's portrayal of Lex Luthor has more of a comical edge than an evil genius. The best performance in the film is given by Parker Posey as Kitty Kowalski. The real star of the film however is director Bryan Singer, who made the story and characters just right for our time.Superman returns after an absence of five years. This idea also parallels Superman's absence from the public eye for a number or years now. He has treated the story very delicately. For those that don't know, Superman Returns is not a departure from the 1978 film. It is a continuation after the second Superman movie. So this would be the third. The original third and forth are being ignored. (If Superman is returning after five years of absence why does he not have long hair like the comics? I guess the world is ready for Superman to return, just not with long hair.)
It is exhilarating to see the same blue credits flash in front of you with the original Theme blasting away. The last shot of superman is also the same as Reeves, which was kind of nostalgic and beautiful. There are many beautiful moments in this film, where we spend time alone with Superman. We truly get a sense of who he is. I love the scene where Superman is floating in space listening for cries of help.
It is a daunting task to take an Icon like Superman and bring him back with new faces and not take away form our collective idea of who he is. Bryan Singer has done a commendable Job. The special effects needless to say are awesome but the film itself isn't perfect. There are a few flaws that need to be pointed out. For example, where is Clark Kent for the last 40 minutes of the film. No one questions or wonders where he is? Also, why does Superman struggle to stop an airplane when he can move mountains? Does he have limits? There are a few other questionable things about the character and the plot but the overall effect of the film is effective and leaves you satisfied.
I got up from my seat as the credits rolled and someone said quietly "that... was a good film". As I walked out, I pondered why he didn't say "that was an awesome film" or "that was reaaally good". He just said "that...was a good film". I guess it's just that, I don't know how to explain it.
I've been a Superman fan since I was twelve. After eagerly awaiting the film, the question remains. Like many other people, do I accept the new man of steel? Well all I can tell you is... while driving home at 1 in the morning after the opening night show. I looked at my phone and glanced at the wallpaper of Christopher Reeve's majestic image as Superman starring back at me. I closed it and a smile curled up on the side of my mouth. I eagerly await the next two installments. (this review also featured in online mag. NRIpulse)
written by Robin Bhatt, Sachin Bhowmick. directed by Rakesh Roshan. music by Salim Merchant, Suleman Merchant, Rajesh Roshan. 175 mins. NR
Its a summer of super heroes, and with the release of Krrish, a new superhero is born...wait not so fast! While Krrish is a great summer entertainer with awesome special effects and the one man power house, Hrithik! It is far from being super . Krrish is a sequel and the second film in the Koi Mil Gayaa trilogy. Next one due out summer 2008, is already in production and it is attentively called Krrish Ka Jaadoo!
Krrish tells the story of the gifted son of Rohit, who supposedly died in a freak accident. Krishna grows up pretty much like his father, sheltered and isolated from society for obvious reasons. While Rohit was mentally handicapped, Krishna is the exact opposite. He spends his days racing horses, climbing mountains and leaping across streams, until one day he encounters a girl from the city. She works for a major newspaper and is in India for a 10 day vacation which is extended due to her meeting Krishna. At first, it is unbelievable for her and her friends to encounter such a being but after a few laughs and jokes (which are way overdone, doesn't really help move the story along), oh and a song number, they understand one another and Priya returns home with her friends.
A superhero movie will inevitably invite comparisons to the big wigs like Superman and Spider-Man, and there are a few in Krrish worth noting. Krrish grows up in a small village before finding his destiny in a big city. Remind you of a certain Smallville resident who became Super in Metropolis. Much Like Lois Lane Pryia works for a major Newspaper, who wants to get the biggest and best stories, like the Daily Bugle, the major newspaper in Spider-Man.
For those who don't know much about the film will be pleasantly surprised. For movie buffs who have been eagerly awaiting might find a few things disappointing. From the release of its soundtrack it had been a disappointment, with only a few songs with a repeat value for listening. I'm a huge movie score fan and after watching the film I don't know why they didn't release a CD with just the background score. It is one of the best parts about the film.
The first half is a little slow paced. I realize characters must be introduced and tension must be relieved through light humor but here it was way overdone. A good 25 minutes could have been cut from this film (especially the songs), giving more time to spend on tweaking the special effects, which are the best Ive seen in a Bollywood film since Paheli but some of the effects looked rushed. Of course then comes the question, do you make a film and take a risk of not including so much masala that the South Asian audience cant get enough of or do you cater to your everyday Bollywood movie goer. Unfortunately the filmmakers found the latter to be a better choice.
Hrithik leaps across trees, streams, cars and over buildings. It looks great, but his legs constantly cycling through empty air might get a bit tedious. Hrithik himself delivers perfection in all of his roles. His fans wont be disappointed. Ive been a Hrithik fan since his first release; in fact watching him is what inspired me to start dancing. His films in the past that have failed at the box office are due largely to the script and direction. It is evident in all his films, that he is a perfectionist and does his best with every role and every aspect of his character.
Cheers to the Roshans for giving us visually captivating films and technically pushing the Bollywood film industry into the next millennium.
Oh and by the way.I was just kidding about the trilogy bit, there is no Krrish Ka Jaadoo! However you can see all his magic unfold in the current film.
(Side note: After seeing Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai, I had always thought Hrithik would make a great Tarzan, after watching him in Krrish with his flowing long hair and he gliding through trees, that idea was confirmed.)
for more reviews check kalspace!http://blog.myspace.com/kalparekh
*also new KHEL SHURU trailer on AVS and other goodies on google video
search Khel Shuru.
watch out for special theater screenings in selected cities and the official DVD release
this summer! It is already one of the best reviewed NRI films from critics and audiences alike. I'm super elated to be a part of it....don't miss it!!