Monday, 14 March 2011

Superman 3 (1983)

Extremely daft but rather fun somehow, this pits Superman against himself when he comes into contact with some not-quite-Kryponite. Richard Pryor is fun as Gus Gorman, a computer expert who wants to be a good guy (sort of) but ends up being a bad guy (sort of), while Robert Vaughn hams it up as the baddie, Robb Webster, while he and Annie Ross as Vera, his sister, plot to take over the world - or at least control the worldwide coffee and oil trade.  Of course I did always wonder why Napoleon Solo had left U.N.C.L.E. and turned to the dark side.

Daft it may be and Margot Kidder only makes a cameo appearance, but Pamela Stephenson as highly intelligent mol Loreli (who acts dumb because she thinks it's to her advantage) is funny, while Clark's old flame Lana Lang (Annette O'Toole) provides the love interest (and Clark falling for her is much more believable than it ever was him liking Lois Lane!). Gavan O'Herlihy provides some laughs as Brad, the unlikable lout who's always asking Lana to marry him.

The best laughs though come at the end, with NES style graphics of Superman being attacked by the defences of the giant computer that Webster builds.  We also get to see Bad Superman straighten out the Leaning Tower of Pisa and get drunk, Good Superman pick up a frozen lake, and Good Superman have a fight with Bad Superman.  Ridiculous but fun, and also a bit of nostalgia factor for me - Superman 3 is one of the first movies I ever remember seeing at the cinema, at the tender age of 6 years. Everybody go "Ah".


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