Monday, February 17, 2014

Movie Monday: Superman III

Hi Everyone,

Another Random Movie Monday is here. I decided to go way back in the vault and check out a movie that I have childhood nostalgia about but do not really remember the details and have not seen with my adult eyes. I realize there are a lot of movies like this and I might try to target those particular movies for my Movie Mondays. Leave comments if you think this would be a good path for Movie Mondays.

This week's movie is Superman III, released in 1983. It stars Christopher Reeve and Richard Pryor. Directed by Richard Lester and written by David Newman and Leslie Newman.

Story line: Wealthy businessman Ross Webster (Robert Vaughn) discovers the hidden talents of Gus Gorman (Richard Pryor), a mischievous computer genius. Gus decides to abuse his talents to help Webster with his plans for economic control. When the Man of Steel interferes, Webster decides something must be done about Superman (Christopher Reeve). When Gus' synthetic Kryptonite fails to kill Superman, it turns him into an evil incarnation of his former self. The tar-laced Kryptonite pits man against himself, setting up the Clark vs. Superman battle.

My Thoughts: During this movie Clark takes a trip back to Smallville to do a a story on his class reunion. He is reunited with the lovely Lana Lang who is played by Annette O'Toole. Yes the same actress that will go on to play Mrs. Kent in the hit CW show Smallville. When I realized it was the same actress I was properly grossed out and thought it was incestuous. It reminded me of Back to the Future when McFly meets his mother who tries to make moves on him. 

Another great gem that I did not remember as a kid is that my favorite comedian Richard Pryor was in the movie. He was enjoyable as always. He really added a great comedic element to the movie and in the end helps Superman out so he is not a bad guy. I did giggle when Superman helped Gorman out of a tight spot and then gave him a soul shake to let Gorman know that everything was okay between the two. 

A great moment is when evil Superman has to fight Clark Kent. Superman is so determined to destroy this last good part of himself and attempts in various ways. However Kent is stronger and is able to take back control and overcome the effects of the bad kryptonite. 

The movie was fun and did make me laugh at some of the corny moments but I am sure my kid self enjoyed the movie a lot. I think I might continue to watch the movies from the past and share my thoughts. Check out Superman III and share your thoughts on the comments. I might just go back and watch all the Superman movies again. 

Post by Vikki
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