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Superman with Gus Gorman and Ross Webster
This review is based on my first viewing experience of watching ‘Superman III’. I’ve been looking forward to seeing this movie, ever since I first saw ‘Superman II’ when I was a teenager back in 2001.
I enjoyed watching ‘Superman III’! It’s not as great as ‘Superman II’, but I enjoyed the action-packed sequences and the performances of Christopher Reeve as Clark Kent and Superman in the dual roles.
‘Superman III’ has the caped wonder meet a computer programming menace caused by Augustus ‘Gus’ Gorman. Gus is a genius and his computer skills get misused to cause trouble across the world.
This film was again directed by Richard Lester, who directed ‘Superman II’. Lester again gets to provide another comedic flavour to this film like he did with the previous one. This is good and bad.
I’m not very keen on the opening titles sequence for ‘Superman III’ as it should have started with something similar to the first two films. There were also comedic moments that I found disbelieving.
For example, there’s a scene where the traffic walkways get misused and there’s a moment when the red and green man in a walkway signal fight each other. Are you serious?! That’s just really silly!
The highlight of this movie is Christopher Reeve’s performance as Superman. We get to see him add another layer to Clark Kent which I liked. The spectacled Clark isn’t the bumbling idiot he used to be.
Clark gets to spend some time in Smallville as he returns there to reunite with his former school-friend Lana Lang. Lana actually appeared in the first ‘Superman’ film during Clark Kent’s school days.
This movie also gives Christopher Reeve a chance to play an evil Superman. This happens when Superman gets exposed to some Kryptonite, given to him by Gus Gorman at some special ceremony.
Seeing the evil Superman in this movie was gripping and tense to watch. I wondered how Superman would become good again and it was so exciting when Clark Kent and Superman fought each other.
Richard Pryor stars as Gus Gorman, the computer genius in the film. Pryor is a comedy actor and I did find his performance to be rather over-the-top at times, especially when he joins the real villains.
Robert Vaughan stars as the villainous multimillionaire Ross Webster. I was delighted to see Robert Vaughan in this ‘Superman’ movie, since he is well-known for starring in ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E’.
The cast also features the return of Jackie Cooper as Perry White and Marc McClure as Jimmy Olsen. There’s Annie Ross as Vera Webster and Pamela Stephenson as Lorelei Ambrosia with Ross Webster.
Margot Kidder stars as Lois Lane in a reduced role in the movie. I was very saddened and disappointed that Lois didn’t appear a lot in ‘Superman III’, as she went off on vacation to Bermuda.
Annette O’Toole takes Lois Lane’s place as Lana Lang, Clark’s high-school friend. There was a sense of a romantic atmosphere going on between Clark and Lana, which I enjoyed very much seeing here.
The special effects for ‘Superman III’ are pretty amazing, especially for the climatic scenes where Superman fights against a power-crazed computer. It was frightening when Superman got attacked.
‘Superman III’ isn’t the greatest superhero movie I’ve seen after ‘Superman II’. But it’s not terrible. There’s more of a comedic flavour to this movie, but I liked Christopher Reeve’s performance in this.
The DVD special features are as follows. On the Deluxe DVD of ‘Superman III’, released in 2006, there’s a commentary by producer Pierre Spengler and executive producer Ilya Salkind. There are also eleven deleted scenes; a theatrical trailer of the movie and ‘The Making of Superman III’ documentary.
‘Superman III’ rating – 6/10
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