So much energy and enthusiasm in this film - it's like it never stops. But you can always watch it again to discover more about it. And the special thing about the movie is the fact that watching it again you'll be able to relive the jokes and gags again and again, which never get tired. And there's that double combo of having Fox and Lloyd in the same movie. You'll never get bored of watching THIS movie.
George Reeves was fun on TV, Brandon Routh was fine in the newer movie, but Christopher Reeve remains the actor who made the role his. And the movie is a great one, too, against all expectations at the time. Sweeping epic origin story, fantastic (for the time) effects, inspirational music from John Williams, a cast that fill each role brilliantly. Nobody plays Lex Luthor the way Hackman does. The look and feel are still majestic, permitting a sense of awe that is rare in movies.
A case of too much with too little! Too much plot (several different ideas like Nuclear disarmament, double romances and Lex Luthor creaying a sun-powered Supervillain) all thrown together without any generating enough interest to sustain the film. Add to that the poor special effects (the Salkinds abandoned the project to a cheap effects house when the budget was slashed dramatically). Reeve is deserving of praise for staying true to the character, as many have stated, and it's kind of fun to see Gene Hackman back as Lex, but it's a failure anyhow.
Some scenes do really work here: The Smallville stuff is all kind of endearing; the oft-mentioned Good vs. Evil Superman battle, the extended computer battle near the end. Yet the excitment of the first two is missing. By getting rid of Lex Luthor, Lois Lane and others the heart of the series got lost. Effects are good, but not spectacular. Richard Pryor does what he can in a limiting role, and Robert Vaughn seems to enjoy playing the bad guy. An okay movie.
The Donner cut seemed to have a slightly more genuine feel to it.. That being said, I was raised on this version(we didn't have the luxury of different versions when this was released), and it's still fun to watch~
123 mins #!@%*# Lester time waster. Translation? Poorly concieved plot, horrid special effects(even for the time period), plastic tongue in cheeking, some Richard Pryor mugging(he did so much better work with the right material), and some classic moments.
Examples: 1. Supe vs Clark(always a fav scene), 2. Drunk Superman melting the bar mirror then staggering out to the city, being rude, etc. 3. Tower of Pisa gets a different slant via Angry Supe, 4. Richard Pryor in a pink faux Superman robe skiing off the skyscraper.
Yeah. So in conclusion, aside from a few choice moments, this movie kinda blew. Movie is definitely lacks #!@%*# Donner's direction.
..but.. at least it isn't Superman IV. Less is more on that.
Great drama, as well as "feel good" patriotic classic. All around excellent movie, with actors and story providing plenty of engagement, and scenery/effects gluing it all together. Own this one (and watch HBO's "From the Earth to the Moon" miniseries, almost a companion piece to this motion picture)!