Movie Review


Superman II (1980)


Movie Review

Directed by: Richard Lester

Starring: Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, and Margot Kidder

Superman (Christopher Reeve) finds out that he is not the last surviving son of Krypton.  When he saves Lois Lane (Margot Kidder) from a bomb planted by terrorists in Paris, he throws the bomb into space.  By hurling this bomb into space, Superman unknowingly frees three of Krypton’s most dangerous criminals from imprisonment.  Before Krypton’s destruction, Superman’s father Jor-El banished General Zod (Terence Stamp), Ursa (Sarah Douglas), and Non (Jack O’Halloran) to the Phantom Zone, a prison dimension.   These freed criminals come to Earth and use their newfound superpowers to take over the planet.  The only thing in their way is the Man of Steel.

Superman II is one of the first truly great comic book movies.  The movie has a lot going for it.  The action-packed battles between Superman and the other Kryptonians light up the big screen.  The chemistry between Reeve and Kidder on screen is magnetic during their onscreen romance.  Finally, the legendary Gene Hackman provides quite a bit of comic relief as the scheming Lex Luthor.  While it has its campy moments, this flick is definitely a lot of fun and one worth catching when you have some free time.  Superman II gets a .03% sobriety test rating.  Enjoy it while sipping on something with a little buzz.

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