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Superman (1978)

December. 13,1978
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Mild-mannered Clark Kent works as a reporter at the Daily Planet alongside his crush, Lois Lane. Clark must summon his superhero alter-ego when the nefarious Lex Luthor launches a plan to take over the world.


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The Worst Film Ever


Please don't spend money on this.

Jonah Abbott

There's no way I can possibly love it entirely but I just think its ridiculously bad, but enjoyable at the same time.


The story, direction, characters, and writing/dialogue is akin to taking a tranquilizer shot to the neck, but everything else was so well done.


After over 40 years, Superman is still as strong as ever. I am surprised by how well this film holds up. The opening credits alone won me over by bringing back childhood memories of me emulating the Man of Steel. This movie features an excellent origin story, an iconic performance by Christopher Reeve and surprisingly good special effects. Yes, it's campy. Yes, it's long. No, Margot Kidder isn't my favorite Lois Lane. But Superman set the standard for what a superhero movie should be.


As with most of modern blockbusters, this film Superman defects in pace, editing, and character development. Yet the visual effects, music score and set pieces in the last thirty minutes are just stunning, and groundbreaking, and that's why this film was commercially successful and influential.


I know that when this film was released people went nuts, but it just does not hold up 40 years later. It is asking a lot of any movie to stand the test of 40 years and in some aspects this film does. The title song is a classic. Reeves as Superman is played to a "T". Even Lois Lane's character is great. I did not enjoy the portrayal of Lex Luthor but to the films credit, no Superman film has been able to deliver a great Luthor in my opinion. But other than that it falls short. The film does stay true to the source material which i liked and was a groundbreaking film of the time, but watching it today, I really felt like I was watching a movie that was made in 1978.

Howdy Friends

As many of you are aware there is several versions of this "Superman" film. This review is for the Longest Edition. This is called the RESTORED INTERNATIONAL CUT. I was not a huge "Superman" fan when I saw this film. I herd this was a good movie. I never seen a cartoon or television show on "Superman" so U had no idea who Lois Lane was. However I think that served me well. I was taken on an "E TICKET RIDE" that I never forgot. Even to this day this is still one of my favorite movie going experiences. In fact I loved this more than I did "Star Wars". Most of you know the story of "Superman". This film starts off with a bang however I am not a fan of the pro-longed opening credit sequence. To me that is still pretty to watch but it BORING. Thank god for the fast forward buttons.Academy Award-winners Marlon Brando and Gene Hackman head an all- star cast in the fantastic, action-packed film that made Christopher Reeve an international star playing the greatest superhero of all time. From the doomed planet of Krypton, two parents launch a spaceship carrying their infant son to earth. Here he grows up to become Clark Kent, mild-mannered reporter for the Metropolis Daily Planet. But with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men, he battles for truth and justice as Superman.Now the 3 hour Plus edition is worth watching however there is not much in the way of new scenes but more like SCENES BEING EXTENDED. The only NEW SCENE that comes to mind that should have been left in the original theatrical edition is when"Superman" talks to his father after he has revealed himself for the first time. It is a great scene and this is about the only SCENE that Richard Donner added back into the film for its DVD debut. I do however enjoy seeing the extension of Lois talking to the Indian Chief. It adds more information about why the Indians were selling their land. This film is still the best comic book movie ever made. Every film that has been based on a comic is compared to this 1978 Film. Nothing has come close to have the magic that this film captured. Richard Donner created a classic that still Under-appreciated. Today's comic book movies are garbage. They have no heart and are cast with the likes of Jessica Alba and other terrible actors. This is a first class production. The actors are all great in the roles they have. Can't say that about any "Batman" movies.