Thursday, September 30, 2010

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

After saying never again, Christopher reeve, Gene Hackman, and Margot Kidder reunited for a fourth Superman film. You may recall one of my biggest complaints about Superman III was the absence of the regular supporting cast. Careful what you wish for, because their return here doe nothing to sae this heavy-handed, technical mess.

Superman decides to rid te world of nuclear weapons in order to make the world safe for children. Oddly enough, his declaration and stealing of nukes from various countries does not prompt any country to declare war on him. It dos prompt Lex Luthor to create a WWE wannabe out of pure nuclear energy to fight him, however.

I cannot call that a thrill. There is nothing even passably entertaining in this film. The touchy feely peacenik message is scamp as the worst of ’60’s Batman television series. The alarmist nuclear war theme would have been corny in a ’50’s b-movie, much less an alleged blockbuster at the tail end of the Cold War when the Soviet Union had all but collapsed.

But the theme is not the worst of it. Superman IV is ridiculously poorly made. The special effects are cheap. The wire work on flying characters is often clearly visible. Characters hold entire conversations in airless space. But the worst of it is the editing. The original ending for the film was removed and placed in the middle with a new ending filmed. It not only did not make the movie better, it made the story incomprehensible. Te only way to get the full story coherently is to read the comic book adaptation.

I do not recommend that or the movie.

Rating: * (out of 5)

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