Sunday, May 26, 2013

Movie review: Superman (1978)

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The planet Krypton is dying. Jor-El, desperate to save his son, sends him to earth in a star-shaped crystal space capsule, where he's found by Mr. and Mrs. Kent of Smallville.  They fetch him up right until the time comes for him to make his way in the world. After a few months in a crystal cave formed by the remains of his space capsule, he has learned all the wisdom of Krypton as well.

He dons the persona of a mild-mannered reporter and goes to work at a great metropolitan newspaper, The Daily Planet. There he meets editor Perry White, ace reporter Lois Lane and young photographer Jimmy Olsen. As Superman, he fights crime where he finds it. But there is a greater danger afoot.

Evil Lex Luthor, his henchman Otis and secretary/lover Miss Tessmacher plan to pull off a real estate scheme that could cost millions of lives. Can Superman save everyone in time?

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This is one of Mark Hughes' 50 best films never nominated for an Oscar. I'm watching them for my 3rd 101 Things in 1001 Days.

Most people  my age have seen this film. It was cutting-edge for its time and made a star out of Christopher Reeve. Although there are plot holes that Superman could fly through, and the film definitely looks dated, it's still a fun story. Margot Kidder really sold it as Lois Lane, especially during her dramatic scene at the climax.

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