Superman (1978) Movie Review

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1978 | PG | Drama, Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure, Romance
143 minutes /

User Score: 57/100

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Superman Review


An alien orphan is sent from his dying planet to Earth, where he grows up to become his adoptive home's first and greatest superhero.

Superman (1978) is an American/UK drama action-adventure movie that has an estimated budget of $55 million and grossed over $300.2 million at the box office. Director Richard Donner (Lethal Weapon (1987), The Goonies The Goonies (1985), Lethal Weapon 2 (1989), Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)) executed the movie perfectly. Superman was shot in several locations in Los Angeles, California, USA; Red Rock State Park, Church Rock, New Mexico, USA; England, UK and New York City, New York, USA.

Superman started by introducing us to a little backstory about what happened on Superman’s home planet, Krypton. Scientist Jor-El (Marlon Brando - The Godfather (1972), Apocalypse Now (1979), On the Waterfront (1954)) General Zod are enemies, and we see General Zod swearing to take revenge on Jor-El and his family. Jor-El tries to warn the Ruling Council that Krypton will be destroyed when its red supergiant sun goes supernova, but the Council ignores him. Jor-El decided to save his baby, Kal-El by sending him in a spacecraft sent towards Earth where Kal-El will have superhuman powers because of his dense molecular structure.

Jonathan and Martha Kent found the spaceship and Kal-El, who is now three years old and raised him as their son and named him Clark. Clark’s father Jonathan died when Clark was 18 years old, and Clark learned the truth about his origins that same year. He then trained for 12 years, wore the family emblem and started to work as a reporter for the Daily Planet in Metropolis. Clark (Christopher Reeve - The Remains of the Day (1993), Superman II (1980), Superman III (1983)) did not take long to feel an attraction towards co-worker Lois Lane. Clark used his powers for the first time in public when Lois ( Margot Kidder - Superman II (1980), The Amityville Horror (1979), Black Christmas (1974)) was involved in a helicopter accident. He went on to rescuing other people and soon accumulated enemies. One of his enemies is criminal genius Lex Luthor ( Gene Hackman - Unforgiven (1992), The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), Enemy of the State (1998), The French Connection (1971)) who wants him dead and knows that kryptonite is a hazard to him. The movie goes on to being a fantastic watch with lots of battles as Superman tries to save everyone while Lex is giving him a run for his money.

Superman was an incredible movie that is still enjoyed very much in my house today by my kids and myself although it is a timeworn film because it blended humor and drama extremely well. It was a delight watching this Superman take on the villains that want to destroy his city as he fights to save his love, Lois. Superman was a combination of adventure, romance, heroes, villains, earthshaking special effects and humor which is everything people likes in a movie. Christopher Reeve was made for the part of Superman, and I think that the part could not have been as good if it was played by someone else. All of the actors gave excellent performances, but Reeve stands above all. The special effects were done seamlessly, and I applaud a lot of departments for that task, but I applaud the editing department mostly for doing a phenomenal job creating a seamless movie.

About Superman 1978

Title: Superman
Original Title: Superman: The Movie
Year: 1978
Runtime: 143 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure, Romance
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.85/5 stars from 7 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 7
MPAA Rating: PG
Starring: Terence Stamp, Rex Everhart, Sarah Douglas, Margot Kidder, Harry Fielder, Michael Ensign, Burnell Tucker, David Baxt, Gene Hackman, John Ratzenberger, Ned Beatty, Miquel Brown, Steve Kahan, Aaron Smolinski, Jeff East, Shane Rimmer, Marc McClure, Marlon Brando, Vincent Marzello, Christopher Reeve, Vass Anderson, John Hollis, Jackie Cooper, Paul Tuerpe, Larry Lamb, Alan Tilvern, Pam Rose, Bill Bailey, Robert Dahdah, David Calder
Writers: Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster, Mario Puzo, David Newman, Leslie Newman, Robert Benton, Tom Mankiewicz
Director: Richard Donner