All-Star Superman (2011)
This animated adventure finds the ultimate superhero Superman succumbing to the clutches of disturbed criminal mastermind Lex Luthor, who has constructed a plan to murder the Man of Steel with solar radiation. Following his exposure to the deadly phenomenon, Superman is sure he only has weeks to live, and lays plans to make good on the many tasks that ahead of him before he expires -- including telling the truth about his secret identity to Lois Lane, and defeating Lex once and for all. But is the hero's fate truly sealed, or can he appeal the fatal sentence and live to fight once more? … More
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Critic Reviews for All-Star Superman
Veteran superhero director Sam Liu sustains the thoughtful, reflective mood of the movie throughout.
A very good idea gets overwhelmed by an apparent need to throw in everything but the kitchen sink.
Audience Reviews for All-Star Superman
Media seems obsessed with the death of Superman. He had a death in live-action film, Superman Returns, a death in Superman Doomsday and now another death in the animated adaptation of Grant Morrison's All-Star Superman comic book.
The animated movie is a different version of the Superman character, much like the comics. The movie starts off with him realizing that he's dying and that Lex Luthor killed him.
James Denton's Superman/Clark Kent is possibly the most lovable incarnation second only to Christopher Reeves's live-action portrayal. The loyal script and top notch acting imbues Superman with just the right level of noble superhuman grandeur mixed with a down to earth homely touch. He is the hero, and the farm boy at the same time. Similarly, Clark Kent's oafish demeanor is comedic yet sincere; his interview with Lex Luthor and subsequent escape from the prison riot caused by a supervillian's escape is possibly the most fun part of the entire movie.
"Doomed planet. Desperate scientists. Last hope. Kindly couple. Superman."
Lex Luthor enacts his plan to rid the world of Superman, once and for all. Succeeding with solar radiation poisoning, the Man of Steel is slowly dying. With what little times remains, the Last Son of Krypton must confront the revealing of his secret identity to Lois Lane and face Luthor in a final battle.
I'm torn on All-Star Superman. There's too much going on, there are characters and plot elements which seem to serve no purpose, and despite the epic romanticism of the movie's ultimate destination - which does work on some levels - I did not come away entirely satisfied. And yet, I can't deny that I mostly enjoyed watching it, and that some moments were quite poignant. I'm not knowledgeable enough to judge the art and animation on an objective level, but I quite liked the look of the movie, and I found the voice acting unnoticeable in the best sense, which is to say it was perfectly convincing. The music, too, was good. It's just the plot, really, where All-Star Superman loses points. But then, what's more important to a story than plot? Basically, I'd recommend this for fans, but probably not for the casual viewer. And I have a strong feeling that I would have been better off reading the comics version of this story.
I think this movie was good but better stories have been made and better animation, I enjoyed it nevertheless. Great imagination the creators have.
All-Star Superman begins with a frantic rescue mission near the surface of the sun. You think Superman saved the day, and I suppose he did, but it ends up it was part of an elaborate scheme by Lex Luthor to finally kill Superman. It worked. Superman quickly learns that exposure to solar radiation has increased his powers, but will soon lead to his death. The movie then takes an odd turn into Superman's "bucket list," more or less, as he checks off a bunch of things he always wanted to do, some of which involve giving Lois Lane super powers for a day.
This part of the movie is disjointed, seeming to hop from scene to scene with no real connection to anything else. The entire second act could've been shuffled into a different order and would've made the same amount of sense. There was also this weird segment with Atlas and Samson that seemed to be in the movie specifically to make Lois Lane look like the worst girlfriend in the world. It's certainly possible I'm missing a story arc with Atlas and Samson that wasn't explained in the movie, but it did add to the pointlessness of what was going on.
Thankfully, once the focus shifts to the confrontation between the dying Superman and his killer, Lex Luthor, All-Star Superman makes a confident shift into poignant story telling. These two know each other so well that it's hard to discern throughout who's really outplaying the other. And when the battle resolves, it does so in a way that perfectly embodies who Superman is and how we view him.
At the end, then, I felt satisfied with All-Star Superman despite the meandering middle and some of the cheesiest dialogue imaginable outside the pages of a comic book.
For a guy with only a passing interest in Superman and super heroes, All-Star Superman was an okay way to kill an evening. Some tighter writing and better plot decisions would've saved the entire second act from becoming a pointless trip into Superman's bucket list, but it still kind of works if you approach it with a sense of humor. (My wife and I didn't have good answers for when our daughter kept asking us, "Why are you laughing?") But the build-up to the confrontation with Lex Luthor is very well-executed, and the resolution is ultimately satisfying.
Simply beautiful. DC Animated films always seize to amaze me when it comes down to staying loyal to the comics and "All-Star Superman" keeps itself that way for the most part. What I loved most about this film was how it's story wasn't about Superman saving the world, its about him saving himself and breathing his last breathes before his fall of death. While the animated-feature doesn't beat out "Batman: Under the Red Hood", (the last best DC animated-feature), it does top "Superman/Batman Apocalypse" with its sincerely deep plot that make us love Superman more than we already do.
Here is a great quality the film grasps however. It is not a brainless hero brawl like "Superman/Batman Apocalypse" or as dark and edgy as "Batman: Under the Red Hood". Its more of a character-centered drama that works with the story perfectly. That's really what makes "All-Star Superman" so good. Even though I'd still go with "Under the Red Hood" as being a better movie and adaptation, "All-Star Superman" works better with tickling the audience with more than a few light-hearted moments.
This Paragraph is for the fans of the comic: (Contains Spoilers)
The movie does a good job adapting the comic, but, some of the 12-issue series is left out. The first 4 issues of the comic are as if ripped right from the pages and shown word by word. You get to see Samson, Atlas, and of course, Lois with powers. You see Clark reveal his secret and give a fantastic tour of the fortress. Even Clark's interview with Lex in prison isn't left out. But, then we get to issue five. The Jimmy Olsen/Superman wars are sort of left out of the comic so issue five and six are roughly left out of the movie. Except for the end of issue six where Clark visits Jonathon Kent's grave. The whole thing involved with Bizarro is cut out, as well. So issue seven and eight are also left out of the movie. A bit of change there occurs, which may or may not bother the fans. I was fine with the change. Issue 9, where Bar-El and Lilo appear is adapted from the pages perfectly as well. Superman still sends the two to the Phantom Zone. The tenth issue is adapted mostly to the brick except for Superman saving the suicidal girl, but, the movie does show Superman waiting for the end to come, which is done beautifully. The final two issues, eleven and twelve, are adapted perfectly. Lex Luthor still gets powers for twenty-four hours and battles out a weakened Superman. The ending stays loyal, as well, which is good because the ending of "All-Star Superman" is simply amazing. While the movie only adapts eight of the twelve issues in the comic, it still manages to be a great adaptation in my eyes.
(No More Spoilers At This Point)
While most DC Animated Films gain PG-13 ratings, this one gets itself the easy PG. Probably because it isn't as gritty or violent as past comic adaptations from DC and it more of a dramatic take on the universe of Superman. But, don't worry folks, the feature still has enough action to catch your eye and keep you entertained, but, that isn't the film's focus.
The voice acting manages to stay on-top and the color scheme of Metropolis and Superman's look stay true. The White Superman Costume is drawn out perfectly. But, one thing seemed to bother me and that was Superman's cape. It was looped over his shoulders a tad too far and it was oddly too short. It isn't too big a deal but it caught my attention more than once in the movie.
Overall, "All-Star Superman" follows the 12-issue series for the most and manages to keep you entertained in its short seventy-five minute run-time. The dialog between Lois and Clark is amazing as always and by the end you'll be happy with this Superman story. The ending is beautiful and leaves you thinking that even the strongest sometime struggle. The movie hits the shelves on February 22, and I say give it a buy.
All-Star Superman Quotes
- Lex Luthor:
- Einstein couldn't connect the gravitational force to the other three but if he could have seen this... it's so obvious, the fundamental forces are yolked by awareness. The mechanistic clockwork hinges on an impossible defiance of entropy; life. And the clockwork doesn't care. You're embarrassing me beyond therapy.
- Martha Kent:
- Forest hills.
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