Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder,
Ned Beatty, Glenn Ford
1978, 143 Minutes, Directed by: Richard Donner
believe a man can fly," the publicity hype declared back
then. And yes, we did.
serious treatment of the Superman comics, this film
differs from other film adaptations of comic books like for
example Dick Tracey, in that it doesn't try to imitate the
visual style of the comic it's based upon.
It prefers instead to
set Superman in a realistic, modern day milieu and well,
it works all right. So no tongue-in-the-mouth hipness and
self-awareness: that only came later with films like Pulp
Gordon and Escape
from LA. That
doesn't mean that the film is dead serious. No, it is funny and
displays a surprising sense of wit which saves it.
what more does one need from a Superman movie? The special
effects are great, the John Williams music heroic, the acting
good and yes, we all believed a man could fly. Still the best
film in the series (it was followed by three sequels) and it
would be interesting see whether any planned attempts to revive the franchise
for the new millennium
will be any better . . .
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