One word - AMAZING. Fantastic story, animation and voice work. I so wish the live-action movies would take a hint and insure the STORY is in place before the director shoots even one second of footage.
I was unsure how I would like this one seeing how the animation doesn't resemble the great Frank Quietly art that was one of the main attractions of the 12 part 'All Star Superman' comic miniseries. However, many of that artist's great scenes do appear.
The story is simple. Superman is dying. He has absorbed too much solar energy and his cells can't take the pressure. This happened when Superman saved a mission to the sun. Luthor manipulated the whole thing to finally kill his arch enemy.
Superman's relationship with Lois (Christina Hendricks) in this movie is wonderful. It's nice to see him admit to her that he is Clark Kent. The conversation they have about her never figuring out that Clark is Superman is very cute as are the other character touches.
The Fortress of Solitude has also never been more spectacular. What a great place to take a girl on a first date.
There is real wonder in this film - romance, adventure and sadness. I hate to admit that Grant Morrison hit this story out of the park. He owed me because lately he has done nothing but disappoint me.
I really enjoy his take on the arrogant Lex Luthor. He is so fixated on Superman that he can never imagine for a second that Clark Kent IS Superman when Clark interviews Lex in prison.
I have said it before and I will say it again - we live in a Golden Age of Superhero animation. The films just keep getting better and better. This one was magical. I can't imagine how they can do anything better. I would love to see 'Kingdom Come' tackled now. I think they are finally ready to do THAT story right.
I forever stand vigilant to protect this planet from the myriad of forces that are always against us. Be it the octopus, zombies, aliens or the robots my team of human agents, and our feline allies, circle the globe in a never ending struggle for human freedom.
I learn all I can on every subject that interests me. I especially enjoy ancient history because in the past there are valuable lessons to be found. Also, if I ever get my time machine to work properly, it would be good to know a bit about possible destinations and what to expect when I get there.
I greatly appreciate beautiful design. Be it manufactured or found naturally I am fascinated by the process of invention. I am attracted to the unique, the strange, the haunted. I like to share what I find on this blog.
And not let us forget the 'Cephalopod Menace' who, if allowed to, would wrap their tentacles around all that is good and pure in this life and crush it until it remained no more. They are creatures of pure spite. Hate is all they know. Death is all they do. They are our most ruthless and determined enemy.
So we fight. Selena has the celebrity contacts, the cat is ruthless and without pity, Roosevelt's ghost has the experience and I do the wetwork.
Fighting for the future of the planet doesn't have to be a chore, however. We can take the time to appreciate all that is cool in this world even as we cut the octopus into bite sized chunks.
This is the reason there has always been and must forever be, a Cave of Cool. Be sure to wipe your feet before you enter.