Superman (1978, Movie) – 10/10 review

Producer (Presents credit): Alexander Salkind
Marlon Brando: Jor-El
Gene Hackman: Lex Luthor
Director: Richard Donner
Christopher Reeve: Superman / Clark Kent
Ned Beatty: Otis
Jackie Cooper: Perry White
Glenn Ford: Pa Kent
Trevor Howard: 1st Elder
Margot Kidder: Lois Lane
Composer: John Williams
Writer (Characters’ Creator) Superman: Jerry Siegel
Writer (Characters’ Creator) Superman: Joe Shuster
Writer (Story): Mario Puzo
Writer (Screenplay): Mario Puzo
Writer (Screenplay): David Newman
Writer (Screenplay): Leslie Newman
Writer (Screenplay): Robert Benton
Creative Consultant: Tom Mankiewicz
Associate Producer: Charles F. Greenlaw
Executive Producer: Ilya Salkind
Producer: Pierre Spengler
Writer (Additional Script Material): Norman Enfield

Superman (1978)

Kryptonite baby Kal’el is sent to planet Earth to save his life before the planet Krypton itself is destroyed by a nearby Sun.The baby is discovered by the Kent family and brought up as a ‘normal’ human but here on Earth he has extraordinary talents and strengths. After the death of his adopted father, the now Clark Kent is impelled to go North and learns about his real identity. He decides to use his powers for good and is given the tag Superman by love interest Lois Lane. However, super criminal Lex Luthor has plans to destroy all of California in a landscam deal and has discovered a way to prevent Superman stopping him.

10/10

Superlative fantasy action adventure; easily my favourite movie. Even thirty years on, this is the greatest superhero movie ever made and, yes, you will still believe a man can fly. It’s greatest achievement, however, is that the movie has such a clean, good core; Christopher Reeve’s brilliant performance has an innocence with no darkness, no dishonesty, no possibility of corruption. Even Gene Hackman’s villain is effective and fun without being horrible or graphically violent. Thirty years on, filmmakers and writers have simply forgotten how to make superhero movies without extreme violence (see Superman Returns). That said, they also appear to have forgotten how to edit action sequences, how to portray character, how to tell a story, and how to have a point to your movie aside from generating money. The fact that this movie can never be matched for it’s heart due to the deterioration of the world’s morality and ‘movie violence solves everything’ ethos makes Superman even more special.

This movie contains mild adult dialogue and scary scenes (being buried alive).

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.

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