Directed by: Richard Donner
Starring: Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman
Man, this movie is a classic. It’s just got all the right elements in just the right places, combined with great special effects… for the time. I’ll admit, they don’t hold up that well now, but luckily it’s not a film that uses it’s special effects as a crutch.
The planet Krypton is about to be destroyed, so Marlon Brando decides to save his son by shooting him into space and towards the planet Earth. Once there, the boy discovers he has superhuman powers such as flight and heat vision (do I really have to explain Superman’s powers?), and decides that he was put there for a reason, and that he should use his powers for good. Once “the greatest criminal mastermind of all time”, Lex Luthor, hears about this “man of steel”, if you will, he decides his next big challenge will be to destroy Superman.
Actually, apart from the special effects, one of my favorite parts of this film is just the direction. It’s filmed in that older, 70’s style where they had just got cinemascope or whatever and everything was planned out to take up the entire screen. They pick their closeups carefully, worry a lot about composition, and it turns out looking great. Also, Christopher Reeve is the perfect Clark Kent, and the on-screen chemistry between him and Margot Kidder is perfect. That’s something I never picked up on before. Probably because I was 14 the last time I saw this movie.