Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)
UK / English
"Nuclear Power. In the best hands, it is dangerous. In the hands of Lex Luthor, it is pure evil. This is Superman's greatest battle. And it is for all of us.
"The Man of Steel crusades for nuclear disarmament and meets Lex Luthor's latest creation, Nuclear Man.
A decent story spoiled by haphazard movie-making.
Superman movies are based on the Superman comics. Since they are comics, I
don't expect them to be very deep and the science of super strength and
flying are unrealistic, so we accept that. We also accept fairly cheesy
dialog, because none of that matters. However this Superman IV movie
appears to be quickly and carelessly made. Some examples
* The opening has a Russian spacewalker knocked off by a faster-moving
satellite, so that Superman can rescue him. Two satellites in the same
have to be moving at the same speed. Plus, Superman's voice cannot be
in the vacuum of space.
* The flying shots are done poorly with blue screen.
* Cables pulling people up or letting them down are clearly
* For scenes on the moon the pleats of a black curtain are clearly seen in
I am not one to be overly critical of slight "goofs" in film, but the ones
in the film almost yell at the viewer, saying "look at me!" Still, I
think this movie is as bad as the average rating indicates it is. To me, a
rating of "4" is about right. Even with its great flaws, it mostly was
entertaining, and that's what comic books are for.
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