Superman (1978) (mini-review++)


(If you’re curious, my review process. It’s also pasted at the end of this post. I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me.)

(***all-purpose SPOILER ALERT*** there may be some in this review)

acting 7

directing 7

effects 7

editing 7

writing 7


3.5 out of 5 🐙


Richard Donner’s only credited Superman film (he also took over on Superman II) is the last good Superman film. Yeah, I’m hating on everything after Superman II. The guy who directed The Goonies and Lethal Weapon knows how to deliver a great story. Yes, this version might have the worst scene in comic book movie history (the uber melodramatic voiceover by Lois Lane talking about her love for Superman) but Christopher Reeve radiates charisma and deftly switches between earnest and awkward Clark Kent and confident and strong-willed Superman. It’s an impressive acting feat. And Gene Hackman plays a superbly entertaining Lex Luthor which serves as the perfect evil, comic foil to Superman’s serious goodness. I know Richard Donner is 99 and safely retired but if a 70-year-old George Miller can give us Mad Max: Fury Road, then maybe the only man to deliver a good Superman film can be brought out for one last hurrah. Oar least a consulting gig? I’d watch it.







(1) Shark Wrighter (SW) Score: Based on a sum of 5 sub-scores (acting, directing, writing/story, effects: cinematography &/or animation &/or effects, editing) with 1 being terrible and 10 being terrific.

(2) Octopuses (0-5 🐙, with 5 being fantastic and 0 being feces)

(3) Octopuses are my unquantifiable feeling…not that SW score is scientific…but this one is even less so

(4) ++ This optional section includes any incredibly *brilliant observations that don’t fit into simple quantitative slices like the scores and octopuses *(they are likely NOT brilliant)


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