Superman III (1983)
UK / English
"If the world's most powerful computer can control even Superman...no one on earth is safe. "Synthetic kryptonite laced with tobacco tar splits Superman in two: good Clark Kent and bad Man of Steel.
A lot less humor needed
If you're a fan of Superman you'll find plenty to enjoy in this third
installment in the series. I do, but it must be admitted that this film
is much inferior to the first two.
This has Richard Lester written all over it. Superman II was Richard
Donner's creation and Lester simply took over and wisely kept the tone
of the film but with some added humor. This time around the humor
steers the film as it's mostly a Richard Pryor vehicle. It doesn't come
as much of a surprise that the film fares best when focusing on the Man
of Steel, whether he's romancing an old flame in Smallville or in high
This is also the film where Superman goes bad and fights his alter ego
to the death. Those scenes are the best in the film. Some set pieces
are pretty good and special effects are decent. However, the finale has
to be deemed utterly ridiculous when Superman battles a "sophisticated"
Reeve is amazing as Superman/Clark Kent. Effortlessly switching to
playing a meaner version of himself, he's simply perfect. Richard Pryor
is always the same, so if you're a fan of his work you'll love him
here. Everyone else is decent except those three villains; they're a
little too much, especially Vaughn.
A lot less humor and more seriousness would have made the film very
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