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Superman The Movie, based on the comic Superman by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster: a Film Review


It has been discovered that the planet Krypton is going to be destroyed when it shifts further out of orbit.  But none of the Kryptonian high council believe this is the case with the exception of Jor-El.  To save his infant son, Kal-El, he creates a spaceship and sends the child to Earth where he will be able to blend in due to the fact that the Kryptonians and Humans have similar physical looks…though it will not change the fact that he will have other things he is capable of due to his parentage.

Kal-El’s ship lands near the tiny Kansas, USA town of Smallville, where he is found by an elderly Jonathan and Martha Kent.  The couple who was unable to have their own children raise the small boy to adulthood.  When he turns 18, young Kal-El (now Clark Kent) suffers through the death of his father, Jonathan, eventually hearing the psychic “call” from the spaceship hidden on the farm.  A glowing green crystal and his mother’s blessing send him on the hunt for his Fortress of Solitude where he is meant to learn all about his origins.

Over the years Clark learns of everything he is able to do eventually laving the Fortress with a blue and red suit emblazoned with the House of El Crest on his chest.  Traveling to Metropolis he takes up the mantel of Superman, protecting the city from local crimes and disasters.  Particularly anything the Luthor family comes up with.

General Information:

-Genre: Superhero, Origin Story

-Creator: based on the comic Superman by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster

-Length: 143 minutes

-Rating: PG (for mild sex and nudity, mild violence and gore, mild profanity, mild smoking, mild frightening and intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: HBO Max (with subscription), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Ned Beatty, Jackie Cooper, Glenn Ford, Trevor Howard, Margot Kidder, Valerie Perrine, Maria Schell, Terence Stamp, Phyllis Thaxter, Susannah York

-Page of Reference in RP1: DC Comics is mentioned throughout the book

Review (contains spoilers):

So, I’m going to try to review this with the perspective that this was a 1978 film and it would have been top of the line for the time period.  We will see if I can do that when I watch it.

Overall, it’s a great introductory film for Superman.  Christopher Reeves is by far my favorite redition of the character.  He has the ability to play the shy, studious and detailed but ultimately forgettable Clark Kent as well as the suave, confident and gorgeous Superman.  The balance he achieves is incredible.

I fid the fact that he tells Lois Lane about all of his super powers as Superman so quickly a little odd…but I also haven’t followed the Superman comics from the beginning…though I am trying to start to catch up on everything bit by bit.

There is some bizarre costuming choices (the glowing suits of Krypton), some set ups that didn’t come back in this movie (Zod and his cronies being stuck in the Phantom Zone)… and just the overall age of a film that was created in 1978 but being watched in 2021.  Don’t get me wrong.  Its CLASSIC Superman.  Honestly, Superman at its finest. 

Most of the effects and stunts hold up even after all these years, the same way the ones in the Original Star Wars Trilogy do.  There is something about practical effects and stunts (as much as possible) that hold up well over the years.

In general I found this movie entertaining and a great entry into the world of Superman…and most superheroes in general


Rating: 3 out of 5.

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