Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA/United Kingdom, 1980. Dovemead Films, Film Export A.G., International Film Production. Story by Mario Puzo, Screenplay by Mario Puzo, David Newman, Leslie Newman, based on the character created by Joe Shuster, Jerry Siegel. Cinematography by Robert Paynter, Geoffrey Unsworth. Produced by Pierre Spengler. Music by Ken Thorne. Production Design by John Barry, Peter Murton. Costume Design by Yvonne Blake, Sue Yelland. Film Editing by John Victor-Smith.
Superfun sequel to the 1978 original, with better character development and a zippier pace. Now that Lex Luthor is safely locked away in prison, the world can rest easy and not worry about his criminal shenanigans. Or can they? It seems Luthor (Gene Hackman) has escaped from the klink, and just in time to meet up with three criminals (led by Terence Stamp) from the planet Krypton who have come to kill the son of their jailer, known to the earth as Superman. Meanwhile, Clark Kent (Christopher Reeve) and Lois Lane (Margot Kidder) have been developing their relationship while on assignment in Niagara Falls, where she’s been looking to test out her theory that Kent and Superman might actually be the same person (no way!) He decides to give up his superpowers in order to be with her forever, but then realizes he needs them back when the Kryptonian bad guys start destroying the planet. Great script and energetic performances really bring it to life, aided by sturdy direction and some impressive visual effects. The best of the four Superman movies that Reeve starred in.