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Superman


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  Superman Review
Tookey's Rating
7 /10
 
Average Rating
7.13 /10
 
Starring
Christopher Reeve , Marlon Brando, Margot Kidder
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Directed by: Richard Donner
Written by: Mario Puzo, David Newman, Robert Benton, Leslie Newman

 
 
 
Released: 1978
   
Genre: COMIC STRIP
UNDERRATED
ADVENTURE
SERIES
SCIENCE FICTION
ROMANCE
FAMILY
COMEDY
   
Origin: GB
   
Colour: C
   
Length: 143
 
 


 
A super-hero (Christopher Reeve) grows up in America.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Terrific fun, and an odd but entertaining blending of genres. There’s mythological epic: the early scenes on Krypton, though a shade ponderous, are much more impressive than the original critics recognized. There’s a memorably lyrical evocation of rural America as Superman grows up on a farm. There’s romantic light comedy, with Christopher Reeve charming as Clark Kent bumbling through his courtship of Lois Lane (an underrated, multi-faceted performance by Margot Kidder). And it’s a fine action adventure with - on the whole - impressive special effects, plenty of witty ideas and Reeve the archetypal square-jawed hero. The dodgy moments come when the film descends into broad comedy, with Gene Hackman playing far too hard for laughs and dispelling any menace he might otherwise have had. One other blot on the escutcheon: the end credits last a record-breaking (and ridiculous) seven and a half minutes. The critics, possibly prejudiced by excessive hype and the news that Marlon Brando had been paid an unprecedented three million dollars for a ten-minute performance, were generally cool - and especially critical of the first section, dominated by Brando.


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