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Superman (1978) – Sci-Fi Movie Review

Still one of the greatest live action adaptions of DC Comics, ‘Superman’!

Most people recognize Superman as being this almost loner from Krypton who is just trying to be left alone, and kind of has the mantle of Superman forced on him (Ala: Man Of Steel)… But Superman hasn’t always been the downer that he started off in, in Man Of Steel (2013)… As a matter of fact, he was quite the happy go lucky alien for the longest time!

What I mean by this, is that for most of the comics, and most of the TV series and even most of the movies, he has this sort of, ‘aw shucks’ sort of attitude when it came to most things in life! Tyler Hoechlin (Supergirl) brought it back for the TV series, and frankly it was needed!

And my personal favorite Superman (Christopher Reeve), mastered it I feel from the work from George Reeves (Superman And The Mole Men)… And brought it masterfly to his series starting with Superman (1978)!

Written by: Mario Puzo (The Godfather), David Newman (Bonnie & Clyde), Leslie Newman (Santa Clause: The Movie), Robert Benton (Places In The Heart) & Directed by: Richard Donner (The Omen). Starring Christopher Reeve (Village Of The Damned), Margot Kidder (The Amityville Horror), Gene Hackman (The Poseidon Adventure) & Marlon Brando (The Wild One).

“You will travel far, my little Kal-El. But we will never leave you… even in the face of our death. The richness of our lives shall be yours. All that I have, all that I’ve learned, everything I feel… all this, and more, I… I bequeath you, my son. You will carry me inside you, all the days of your life. You will make my strength your own, and see my life through your eyes, as your life will be seen through mine. The son becomes the father, and the father the son. This is all I… all I can send you, Kal-El.” – Jor-El (A quote by Marlon Brando from the movie: Superman (1978).)

This is the thrilling tale as scene in live action, about how during the last days on Krypton, Jor-El (Played by: Marlon Brando) tries to convince the Kryptonian government to abandoned the doomed planet and colonize another one some where else!

Marlon Brando as Jor El, with his wife Lara, as they put their infant, ‘Kal El’ in to the rocket that is going to send him to earth.

When he fails though, Jor-el hatches a plan so that he can at the very least save his son from the cataclysm that was about to destroy their entire planet!

So Jor-El and his wife Lara (Played by: Susannah York) bundle up litttle Kal-El and put him in a space craft and shoot him toward Earth.

And when he gets there he is discovered by the Kents, Pa Kent (Played by: Glenn Ford) and Ma Kent (Played by: Phyllis Thaxter), two small time farmers in the farming community of Smallvile.

Ma and Pa Kent as they notice the rocket that has just crash landed.

When they find little Kal El in the pod, the Kents decide to take him in and call him, ‘Clark Kent’… And when Clark grows up to decide to move to the big city and become a reporter at the, ‘Daily Planet’… The city of, ‘Metropolis’ will never be the same forever!

You see there is a filthy rich genius madman by the name of, ‘Lex Luthor’ (Played by: Gene Hackman)… And when Lex makes his intentions known… This will be the first battle of the young Clark Kent as Superman!

In the end, this is an absolutely brilliant film! Introduced some of the greatest talent to play Superman (Christopher Reeve), Lois Lane (Margot Kidder) and Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman) and so much more!

Christopher Reeve as (Superman) with Gene Hackman as (Lex Luthor) along with others, in, Superman (1978)!

There really is nothing I can say that is wrong with this movie! In truth… I personally think this is the best live action adaption of Superman, and that no one has been able to fix it yet!

If you haven’t seen it yet, do so! If you are a comic fan, or a Sci-fi fan… Or just looking for something to watch… This one actually is a ton of fun!

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