I have a four-day weekend this weekend, so I hope to get
reviews of (at least) Superman III,
Superman IV: The Quest For Peace, and
Supergirl up by Wednesday.
Cast, Crew, and Other Info
Christopher Reeve as Superman / Clark Kent
Margot Kidder as Lois Lane
Gene Hackman as Lex Luthor
Terence Stamp as Zod
Sarah Douglas as Ursa
Jack O’Halloran as Non
Directing credit was given to Richard Lester, who finished
a film that
Richard Donner had half completed. Screenplay credit
went once again
to Mario Puzo, David Newman and Leslie Newman, even
consultant” Tom Mankeweicz had significant input. (His
last word, however. Compare the Lois Lane screen tests
on the DVD for
the first movie to the corresponding scene in this movie,
the significant and detrimental changes.)
Complete cast and crew listings can be found here.
Three evil Kryptonians find their way to Earth, and decide
“Dear God.” “Zod.”
How did the “irreversible” process get reversed? That’s
bugged me the most, even more than Superman’s
development of random
new powers, or the ability to hold a conversation on the
the help of radio technology.
It’s a sequel that was obviously designed before the first
released, so there’s a limit to its potential
score. They did do things with Superman that I don’t
before, particularly in the storyline that led to the Low
give it 4 out of 6.
The effects were pretty cheesy in places, such
detonation that kicks things off, the first change into
the wrapping of Non under the S-shield. Other places had
work. I give it 4 out of 6.
The story was well planned, but poorly
executed. It had its
great moments, but it also had some pretty nonsensical
ones. I give
it 4 out of 6.
The acting was primarily one-dimensional.
Only Reeve and
Kidder had the chance to be more than the flat, boring
we’ve grown accustomted to, and they weren’t entirely
I give it 4 out of 6.
The emotional response this produces is
sometimes very good,
and at other times rather weak. It’s really a mishmash that
the downward spiral of the series. I give it 4 out of 6.
The production was just as uneven as the rest
of it. It’s
hard to change directors mid-filming and still get a
coherent film out of it. The softening filter used on the
of Margot Kidder was strong enough to get annoying, too.
I give it 4
out of 6.
Overall, it’s not a bad movie, but it’s not the
original was. I give it 4 out of 6.
In total, Superman 2 receives 28 out of 42.