Superman (1978)

Directed by Richard Donner

Starring Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeves, Margot Kidder

Superman is one of my favorite superheroes. I like the character a lot. I have enjoyed tv shows and movies a lot. I wanted to revisit this classic film, a film that I think is one of the first great hero movies made. Christopher Reeves was so good in that role and he was Superman on and off-screen until sadly he passed on October 10th, 2004.

About the movie, the story and the film feel divided into three parts. The first part focuses on Krypton and Jor-el as he tries to reason with the council about the fate of their planet. He tries to warn them that the planet is about to be destroyed. When the council fails to listen to Jor-el, He is forced to send his son to earth so he can live. The second part of the film is in Smallville where Kal-El lands from Krypton. He is raised by Martha and Jonathan who find him. We see how Clark grows and discovers his abilities. When Jonathan dies Clark finds the crystals that give him information about his past. From that, we go to Metropolis where Clark starts to work as a reporter in the Daily Planet. We first see Superman as he saves Lois Lane from a helicopter accident.

I have to say this movie has not lost its charms through the years. The movie works so well and even with the primitive effects it just works. Reeves made us believe that he could fly. The only thing that felt outdated was the silliness in Luthor’s assistant, but the rest of the story worked perfectly. What Superman always lacked was a suitable villain, Luthor is a great character and he uses his smarts to even his odds against Superman. For me, this and Man of Steele is the best Superman movies.

Christopher Reeves is a great Superman, he represented everything that the character represents to me. He was funny as Clark, even though that difference between Clark and Superman does not work today, but in the movie and at that time it worked. Having two great actors like Marlon Brando and Gene Hackman added a lot of value to the film. Gene Hackman was great as Luther, he gave the character its evil personality but not in an obvious or exaggerated way like Spacy did in Superman Returns. Marlon Brando is always good to see him on screen. Margot Kidder was also great as Louis Lane, a character that gets rescued a lot but at the same time, she is a woman that holds her own and is fearless.

I enjoyed revisiting the movie. I think the movie still among the best superhero movies ever made.

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