Kevin told me to Netflix this and intimated that it was awesome.
Kevin, if you’re wondering, was right.
If this movie were a person, I’d hug it.
(An aside: Is it wrong that I find it humorous that Mario Puzo was one of the screenwriters on this?)
We all know the story of Superman: Clark Kent comes to earth and Ma & Pa Kent adopt him, and when he grows up he becomes the Man of Steel. Plus, there’s that whole issue of being in love with Lois Lane.
I have my issues with Superman; there’s a couple of really glaring holes in the movie and it movies really fast, so you’d better be prepared to keep up. Plus, I’m not totally sure how I feel about Gene Hackman as Lex Luthor. I know I’m not terribly fond of his bumbling assistant type who seems to serve the purpose of grating on your nerves through an entire movie, but I will say this: I was sold on Superman in the first fifteen minutes. Why?
KRYPTON IS AWESOME.
It looks like a place where Shirley MacLaine would kill someone to have a summer home:
There’s something amazing about watching Marlon Brando with a strange curl to his hair running around intoning gravely about the safety of Krypton while he watches three “traitors” held captive in a set of rotating hula-hoops be pressed into a pane of Plexiglass and shot into outer space. DUDE. If you know me in Real Life, then you should just expect me to randomly press my face into panes of glass and scream, “FORGIVEEEE MEEEE” at inopportune moments. FYI, and all that.
The earliest sequences of Krypton meeting a red, red death are so hilarious in such a good way to me. You can tell there’s some poor assistant off camera throwing glitter directly in front of the lens while the camera operator shakes the camera to get the special effects needed for the “dying planet”. It’s perfect cheese, just the way I like it.
I’m sorry, I just love this man. It’s so random.
Anyways, the rest of the movie’s fine. Obviously, few of the special effects hold up considering this movie was made in the late ’70’s but it’s fun. Superman even pulls a cat out of a tree for a little girl! I was, however, concerned that there would be a serious lack of Marlon Brando throughout this movie, but he comes back as a disembodied head in the Fortress of Solitude! There was much celebration on my part.
I’m convinced that the combination of Brando and Reeve (who’s grossly underrated) is what makes this movie awesome.
Sure, it’s a little shaky at times – but so much fun! FUN! And it’s got the disembodied head of Marlon Brando floating around; how many movies can claim that?