Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Superman Review (Updated)


Release Date: 21st December 1978 - Australia

Production Companies
Warner Bros. Pictures
Dovemead Films
Film Export A.G.
International Film Production

Genre: Action

Rating: PG

Runtime: 143 minutes
                 146 minutes

Budget: $55,000,000

Box Office Gross: $300,218,018

Plot Summary
Unable to convince the
ruling council of Krypton
that their world will destroy
itself soon, scientist Jor-El
takes drastic measures to
preserve the Kryptonian
race: He sends his infant
son Kal-El to Earth. There,
gaining great powers under
Earth's yellow sun, he will
become a champion of
truth and justice. Raised
by the Kents, an elderly
farm couple, Clark Kent
learns that his abilities
must be used for good.

The adult Clark travels to
Metropolis, where he
becomes a mild-mannered
reporter to the Daily
Planet...and a caped wonder
whose amazing feats stun
the city: Superman!
Meanwhile, Lex Luthor,
the world's greatest criminal
mind, is plotting the greatest
evil plan of all time. Can
even the Man of Steel stop
this nefarious scheme?

Christopher Reeve - Clark Kent/
Gene Hackman - Lex Luthor
Marlon Brando - Jor-El
Margot Kidder - Lois Lane
Jackie Cooper - Perry White
Marc McClure - Jimmy Olsen
Valerie Perrine - Eve Teschmacher
Ned Beatty - Otis
Glenn Ford - Jonathan Kent
Phyllis Thaxter - Martha Kent
Jeff East - Teenage Clark Kent
Susannah York - Lara
Terence Stamp - General Zod
Jack O'Halloran - Non
Sarah Douglas - Ursa

Director - Richard Donner
Based on Comic Book
"Superman" - Joe Shuster
and Jerry Siegel
Story/Screenplay - Mario Puzo
Screenplay - David & Leslie
Newman and Robert Benton
Creative Consultant/Screenplay
(Uncredited) - Tom Mankiewicz
Executive Producers - Alexander (Uncredited) &
Ilya Salkind
Producer - Pierre Spengler
Production Designer/Second Unit Director - John Barry
Creative Supervisor of Makeup and Special Visuals - 
Stuart Freeborn
Costume Designer - Yvonne Blake
Director of Photography - Geoffrey Unsworth
Stunt Coordinators - Vic Armstrong &
Alf Joint
Creative Supervisor & Director of Special Effects -
Colin Chilvers
Creative Supervisor of Mattes & Composites -
Les Bowie
Creative Director of Process Photography -
Denys N. Coop
Creative Supervisor of Optical Visual Effects -
Roy Field
Model Effects Director & Creator - Derek Meddings
Zoptic Special Effects - Zoran Perisic
Film Editor - Stuart Baird
Music - John Williams


1979 Academy Awards
Special Achievement Award for Visual Effects -
Les Bowie (Posthumously), Colin Chilvers, Denys N. Coop,
Derek Meddings and Zoran Perisic (Won)
Best Sound - Gordon K. McCallum,
Graham V. Hartstone, Nicolas Le Messurier
and Roy Charman (Nominated)
Best Film Editing - Stuart Baird (Nominated)
Best Original Score - John Williams (Nominated)

Film Guru Lad here and now continuing the Superman marathon, it's time to travel back in time to the first movie that gave birth to the superhero genre during the late 70s and brought the Man of Steel to an extremely important era of Hollywood. It has been many years since the first Superman movie was released, it has never met the standards set by the series of more recent films and few of the special effects are now outdated.

Christopher Reeve is well-matched for the lead role as Superman giving warmth and outspoken traits to the main hero and proves to the audience that he is the best and the original Man of Steel. I'm also biased with the portrayal of the villainous Lex Luthor who is altogether not very menacing or threatening and only being greedy for his real-estate obsession. I really deplore the performance by actor Gene Hackman for the interpretation of the character he plays as I feel he is guilty of overacting and is not suited to this character. The other actors Margot Kidder and Marlon Brando are to be congratulated for the decent portrayal of the other characters Lois Lane and Jor-El.

The music synchronisation is done yet again by John Williams and it's here that he makes another of his best film scores, he is now at the top of his game.

Also, big bonus for the crystal landscapes of Krypton and the actor Terence Stamp for a another stand out role as General Zod, KNEEL BEFORE ZOD! In fair recommendation, I give SUPERMAN a 4 out of 5 stars, even though it has much cheesiness inside. It's still a good-natured and fantastic film that people and fanboys will remember for being mostly fun and entertaining.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie

1 comment:

  1. Glad that you agree that Superman is good, not perfect. The odd thing is that I disliked this movie when I was a kid, after watching it again years later, I really enjoyed the movie.