This should complete the “Super” movie review set. We now
have reviews available for all four of the Christopher Reeve
movies, and this one.
Cast, Crew, and Other Info
Helen Slater as Supergirl / Linda Lee
Faye Dunaway as Selena
Brenda Vaccaro as Bianca
Hart Bochner as Ethan
Peter O’Toole as Zaltar
Mia Farrow as Alura
Peter Cook as Nigel
Marc McClure as Jimmy Olsen
Written by David Odell
Directed by Jeannot Szwzrc
Complete cast and crew credits available at the Internet Movie
A Kryptonian City, which apparantly escaped the planet’s
by shifting out of reality, loses one of its power sources. Kara,
Kal-El’s cousin, chases it to Earth to get it back, but must retrieve
it from a power hungry amatuer sorceress.
For heterosexual males and homosexual females, I’d say it’s the
Helen Slater looks in the suit. For everyone else, I really don’t
know. Maybe it would be seeing her beat up Max Headroom…
The “climactic” final battle with the shadow. Why do I get the
feeling that thing was supposed to be visible the entire time?
This is the only superhero flick I’ve seen with such a feminist bent.
(Even Vampirella didn’t come on this strong. I
Model By Night, and I can’t think of any other female
superhero movies.) That counts towards originality.
Unfortunately, that’s about all that counts towards it. I give it 3
out of 6.
The effects are on par with Superman
III: some work,
some don’t. I’m sure the Shadow was meant to be visible but that
changed due to budget constraints. I also doubt Supergirl’s last
fight with the thing was envisioned anything like that when it was
scripted. I give it 3 out of 6.
The story was salvagable, but poorly executed. It’s
lost cause Superman IV: The Quest For Peace was,
should have had another rewrite before being filmed. I give it 4
The acting is hammy and cheesy from start to finish.
it 3 out of 6.
The emotional response was bland. There’s not
much here to
draw a person in. I give it 2 out of 6.
The production was very poor. Bad continuity
blatant lighting cues (especially on Selena’s face), and filtered
shots from the perspectives of those who are (which is good) and
not (which is not good) under the influence of a love spell. I give
it 2 out of 6.
Overall, a barely entertaining little superheroine romp
recommended for completists only. I give it 3 out of 6.
In total, Supergirl receives 20 out of 42.