RELEASED 1983 RUNTIME 125 MIN LANGUAGE ENGLISH DIRECTION RICHARD LESTER SCREENPLAY DAVID NEWMAN, LESLIE NEWMAN STARRING CHRISTOPHER REEVE, RICHARD PRYOR, ROBERT VAUGHN, ANNETTE O’TOOLE, ANNIE ROSS, PAMELA STEPHENSON, MARGOT KIDDER, JACKIE COOPER, MARC McLURE MUSIC KEN THORNE
Omg, this movie is so bad! It doesn’t make any goddamn sense. In fact, it’s so bad it’s hilarious at points.
Ugh, but let’s start from the beginning.
Gus Gorman (Richard Pryor), an unemployed worker, discovers that he is a talented computer programmer (wait until you see how he discovers that). He gets a job at Webscoe, where his talents get discovered by CEO Ross Webster (Robert Vaughn) who uses him to hack and sabotage other competing companies in order to control all resources on earth (that’s the best way I can describe it without making it sound ridiculous, which it totally is otherwise).
Oh boy! Let’s start with the good part. Christopher Reeve as Superman and Annette O’Toole as Lana Lang. All the scenes between those two work. Done!
THE BAD (CHARACTERS)
Now the bad stuff. Everything else! No seriously, this movie is so bad!
Ok, let’s stay with the cast and characters. Richard Pryor, what the hell does he do in this movie?! I love you as a comedian, but get the fuck out of here!
No, actually, for what the director, Richard Lester, was trying to do here, Richard Pryor actually works perfect. This movie is a total slapstick comedy in a bad way. Just watch the prologue with the credit roll and you get the tone this movie is going for. It’s a fucking parody of Superman!
Robert Vaughn is a great actor, but his role in this movie is atrocious! His villain character (btw. not even from the comics) not only is a blatant copy of Gene Hackman’s Lex Luthor, he’s actually worse. He feels like a caricature of an already campy Lex Luthor character from the previous movies. Jeez, he even has two sidekicks, just like Lex, only they are way more campy and annoying. Yes, I’m looking at you Lorelei (Pamela Stephenson). Just do me a favor and fix your voice! It’s so fucking annoying.
THE UGLY (SCRIPT)
Goddamn, the script is a joke. Nothing makes any sense. Almost eery plot point the movie takes doesn’t make sense whatsoever, starting with how Gus Gorman realizes that he has computer skills, that btw, don’t make any sense either. The entire logic behind his skills that basically are the bread and butter of the story doesn’t make sense.
Then there is an entire part of the movie that’s totally useless for the plot. I’m talking about (SPOILER) superman turning bad (SPOILER end). First of all, it doesn’t make sense how he becomes like that, and then it doesn’t do anything for the story. It could have been cut out implement and nobody would have cared. The story wouldn’t have changed a bit and the movie would have been 30 minutes shorter.
But let’s talk about the finale. Oh boy, what a shit show. No, you know what? It’s awesome because it’s hilarious. I laughed my ass off because of how bad it is. At least it’s that funny, otherwise I would have turned it off.
Man, there is one scene where (SPOILER) somebody turns into a robot (SPOILER end). I rarely have seen anything more stupid. This is one for the ages.
Please get drunk with friends before you watch the film, and you will have the best time of your life. The only reason why I’m not giving it a 1/10 is because the the side plot with Lana Lang and Superman is actually quite charming. They should have just made a movie about that and it would have been fine. But other than that this is one of the worst superhero films I have seen. Almost nothing works here besides some ok special effects for that time, the amazing John Williams theme and Christopher Reeve as Superman. I feel so bad for him being in such a shitty film. He deserves better.