Plot: When the planet Krypton is on the verge of exploding, Jor-El (Marlon Brando) sends his only son to Earth. He is found and adopted in a small town in Kansas becoming Clark Kent (Christopher Reeve). On Earth, Clark has amazing powers which he will use as Superman and becomes Earth’s greatest hero.
This is the first serious comic book/superhero movie to grace our presence and it’s a damn good one. Not only were the effects groundbreaking, but the acting and the tightness of the story were fantastic. The downside to this movie is that the first twenty minutes is so unbelievably good that when Clark Kent actually becomes Superman, it’s just not as strong. It’s still solid, but it never reaches that stellar opening. As great as this movie is, the ending is so fricking bad, it comes close to discrediting the entire thing. But all in all, this is a great piece of work. Oh, and John Williams is amazing. But we already knew that.
Rating: 8.5 out of 10 (Really Great)
Category Rankings (Spoilers Throughout)
Best Performance: Marlon Brando as Jor-El
-He may be the greatest actor of all time and just hearing him speak in the short amount of time he has is enough for me. I remember when the teaser for Superman Returns (2006) came out and one of his monologues played in the background. I kept watching the teaser over and over again just to listen to him.
Worst Performance: Ned Beatty as Otis
-It’s not really Beatty’s fault, but I’m sorry, I don’t like this character. He’s way too damn goofy and stupid. Now it’s not over the top where it detracts from the film a great deal like a Jar Jar Binks, but this character just wasn’t necessary and I don’t like the way Beatty played it.
Best Line: “Some people can read War and Peace and come away thinking it’s a simple adventure story. Others can read the ingredients on a chewing gum wrapper and unlock the secrets of the universe.” –Lex Luthor
-This sums up Lex Luthor perfectly…Brilliant line.
Worst Line: “You can fly. You belong in the sky…” –Lois Lane’s inner monologue during her flight with Superman
-Okay I’m sorry, but this whole little inner monologue with Lois Lane is so bad. But I wanted to single out this line specifically only because if you watch this scene and listen to her delivery, I think its cringe worthy. Sorry Lois Lane fans.
-There really isn’t any, but because it’s the first Superman movie, I’m fine with that. There’s another Superman movie we’ll get to much later in this series where it does bother me though…
-When Superman first tells Lois Lane he’s from another planet called Krypton, Lois just shoves this off and even pretends like she knows how to spell it, like it’s no big deal. He just told you he’s from another planet! WTF!!
-Just the entire beginning on Krypton. Absolutely amazing. The General Zod trial, the crystals, and the ship leaving as Krypton is exploding. Just awesome.
-As if you don’t know. It’s Superman flying around the Earth and turning back time at the end. This is so ridiculous and pisses me off for so many reasons. First of all, yea, he’s fast. I get it. But why is it that he’s not moving at this speed to stop all the other disasters? Bull shit. Also, it just looks ridiculous with the dumb little white curvy lines spinning back and forth around the Earth. And how does he know when to stop? Are we to believe that because he gives a quick little glance at the entire Earth while he’s flying at super duper speed he’s just like, “Yup, that looks right.” But the thing that annoys me the most is that Jor-El goes through the entire movie warning him not to do this! And you can even hear it as he’s doing it, yet they never revisit it and there are no consequences afterwards. Everything is hunky dory for Superman. What the hell!!
-This is a real subtle one, but I love it. It’s when Perry White calls everyone into his office and demands the scoop on Superman. Perry gets in Clark’s face and asks, “What’s his favorite ball team?” Clark is about to say something, but Perry instantly cuts him off. It’s great comic timing by Christopher Reeve and Jackie Cooper (Perry White). Watch for it next time you see Superman.
Bad Ass Moment:
-When Lex Luthor emits a high frequency that only Superman can hear and then talks to him through it was pretty bad ass. Like Luthor always says, he’s the “greatest criminal mind of our time.”