Richard Donner’s “Superman(Superman 40th anniversary)
Tell me your heart doesn’t skip a beat when you hear the familiar brass of John Williams’ iconic score. Or that you can resist a smile as a small child introduces the movie by opening a comic book and reading aloud. Or that the opening shot of the crystal canyons of Krypton doesn’t make your spine tingle just a bit. Richard Donner’s Superman is perhaps correctly regarded as the father of the whole superhero genre as it began the whole notion of the genre that changed the sliver-screen. It now became common place the super-hero genre that was simply no where be found when it was released. I remember fondly when i frist saw it as child it amazed me as i believed this was truly the best movie of all time for the genre for years. The opening of movie of child talking of it is purely a marvel to behold as its what you should do make the inner child come alive.
Its rare that a movie so perfectly captures a character as does the superman the movie captures superman as its only movie as few modern perfectly capture them as dark knight perfectly captures batman’s whole notion and ideas in a very good way and wonder woman perfectly captured her character yet the genre is now so much more then superman that we forget the father of the genre began the whole notion of it. The idea now that notion of these visual effects are common place its even as back we may be shocked to think Hollywood didnt give a dam about super-hero movies. Comics were considered a lowbrow art form, and no one thought that a superhero movie could appeal to anyone who wasn’t a child. That all changed when Richard Donner’s Superman hit theaters on December 15, 1978. The film, which starred a then-unknown Christopher Reeve as the Man of Steel, went on to be a massive critical and commercial success, earning $300 million worldwide and garnering three Oscar nominations. The film even won a Special Achievement Academy Award for Visual Effects that blew open the door. many fans still consider Donner’s Superman to be the gold standard of superhero storytelling, and its influence can be felt in the most successful comic book movies and franchise pictures that still defines how we tell these stories. It still holds a special place in our hearts even now 41 years later. I will list five reasons now why still holds up. I do think its simply must see classic as i could list endless on why its timeless.
1. The Romance
I would say sorry to many fans of the notebook and other love stories i still think the most romantic movie moment would be Lois Lane interviewing Superman on her rooftop and their flight across the night sky. Donner’s film wisely builds Superman’s character arc around his romantic relationship with Lois Lane. It’s Lois who first inspires Superman to use his powers in public as its one of most romantic relationships of flim. It is lois lane remains the connection to mortal world for superman. The film tells two different love stories: one of Clark Kent’s unrequited crush on his co-worker and the other on the connection between Superman and Lois Lane. The romantic subplot is buoyed by great chemistry between Reeve and Margot Kidder, giving superhero films a romantic template that would lead to many of the movies of today for them.
2. Margot Kidder’s Lois Lane
Lois Lane often gets short shrift in the comics, usually relegated to playing the damsel in distress role. She is frequently in distress in the Superman films as she is notion played to side-lines she is quite the powerful character in own right. Margot Kidder plays the role not just as a love interest, but as a fully formed female character who is wholly in love with her career and confident in her abilities. Lois Lane is an intrepid, fearless reporter who is just as willing to chase down a story that nails down a performance htat may be one of the finest ever for a super-hero movie. Its her role that blows you away.
Science fiction and fantasy films owe an enormous debt of gratitude to John Williams, who has scored some of the most iconic genre films of all time. While he remains best known for his work in Star Wars (and rightfully so) his Superman score is heroic that may be best of super-hero movies all time. Williams was nominated for an Oscar for his work, one of the 51 Oscar noms Williams has received over his lifetime. as this score is marvelous to listen to on screen.
4. The Comedy
After years of gloom and doom Superman movies, it’s easy to forget just how funny the Donner films were. Calling back to 1930’s screwball comedy which is one of my favorite genres all time. Reeve’s bumbling, awkward Clark Kent. Even the Big Bad Lex Luthor was played with a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor by Gene Hackman, as were his goofy henchmen Otis (Ned Beatty) and Miss Teschmacher (Valerie Perrine). There’s something so funny and charming watching them all on screen as they simply as funny and charming to watch upon the screen.
5. The Optimism
Superman symbolizes hope, which is something Donner’s film has in spades. The film is brimming with warmth, optimism, and all the wholesome feel-good energy one would expect form a movie about super-man. Save the brooding menace for Batman, I’ll take an inspiring sunny Superman story any day of the week as simply something so marvelous and timeless about it. I hope it makes you interest watch it today.