Feb. 3, 2023

Salty Nerd Reviews: Superman (1978)

Well folks, buckle up, because we're about to embark on an epic journey back to the good old days of 1978. That's right, we're talking about the birth of the superhero movie genre, the film that started it all, the one and only "Superman." 

This movie is a classic, I'll give it that, but let's not forget it's also a prime example of the same old story being retold time and time again. The plot is as predictable as they come: an alien from Krypton comes to Earth, discovers he has superpowers, and decides to use them to save the world. Snore.  The 1978 film "Superman" was directed by Richard Donner and written by Mario Puzo, David and Leslie Newman. The film starred Christopher Reeve in the titular role of Superman/Clark Kent, along with Margot Kidder as Lois Lane, Gene Hackman as Lex Luthor, and Marlon Brando as Jor-El. The film was widely praised for Reeve's portrayal of Superman and his transformation into the nerdy and loveable Clark Kent.  With its star-studded cast and thrilling storyline, "Superman" quickly became a classic and established itself as one of the greatest superhero films of all time.  

Now, I will admit, the special effects for its time were pretty impressive, but let's be real, they're pretty cheesy by today's standards. And let's not forget the film's attempt at humor, with lines that were supposed to be witty but just fall flat. Oh, and let's not forget the melodramatic love story that had me reaching for my tissues... not. All in all, "Superman" (1978) may have been a groundbreaking film in its day, but it's definitely a product of its time and hasn't aged particularly well. But hey, if you're in the mood for some nostalgia and a good laugh, give it a watch. 

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