Superman: The Movie (1978)

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This movie was most enjoyable to watch. Christopher Reeve gave a wonderful portrayal of the Superman character. Of all the actors that I’ve seen portray the Superman character (over the years), I feel that Christopher Reeve gave the best portrayal. In this movie, Superman is humble, kind and caring. Goodness emanates from his being. He has a nice physique! He is handsome, and his eyes are strikingly serious, yet intriguing and dreamy. I liked Christopher’s contrasting characters in this movie. As Superman, he is self-assured, confident and strong. Deguised as the mild-mannered newspaper reporter, Clark Kent, he is bumbling, humorous and wears glasses. Clark Kent was always pushing his glasses up on his nose. As with any superhero, Superman is very heroic when he saves citizens on buses, trains and planes, that were crashing. Superman is, also, very patriotic, and he fights for Truth, Justice and the American Way!


This movie was so delightful because of its great special effects. One special effect that I liked was the way Clark Kent would transition into Superman when he entered revolving doors and when he leaped off tall buildings. Another special effect that I liked was the way Superman flew, with one arm thrust outwards and the other arm tucked in by his side. Whenever Superman was flying, I felt as if I were flying, too. During one particular scene, I was in “Fantasy Heaven.” It was when Superman took Lois Lane on an evening flight over Metropolis. At times, it seemed as if Superman and Lois Lane was suspended in space. This scene was so well orchestrated and so romantic. I will never forget this scene!


The first part of this movie takes place on the Planet Krypton, Superman’s original home. This planet was doomed and would soon be destroyed. As the planet was exploding, it’ was heartwarming when Superman’s father, Jor-El, prepared and placed his infant son, Kal-El (Superman), inside a tiny spaceship that was destined towards the primitive Planet Earth because Jor-El did not want his son to meet his same fate, death. Also, Jor-El felt that the Planet Earth would be ideal for Kal-El because it had a suitable atmosphere, and it was less advanced than Krypton; therefore, Kal-El would have a better chance of survival.

As the infant journeyed towards Earth, he was taught (by the pre-recorded voice of Jor-El) about the constellations, his planet and heritage. Upon Kal-El’s arrival on Earth, he was (approximately) four years old. His spaceship crashed onto a large, open field. Jonathan and Martha Kent (a middle-aged married couple) just happened to see a flash of light in the sky as Jonathan was driving down a road. The impact of the crashed ship had caused the Kents’ truck to swerve and get a flat tire. Jonathan stopped along side of the road so that he could fix the flat tire. As the Kents got out of their truck, they saw the crash site, and when they went closer to it, they saw a toddler with outstretched arms, which was even more heartwarming. The Kents were both baffled and wondered how the toddler arrived at the crash site. They were shocked when the toddler, amazingly, lifted up the front end of their truck, stopping it from falling on Jonathan when he had a mishap while changing the flat tire. The Kents took the toddler home and decided to raise him as their own son.

This video is lovable because it summarizes while highlighting important parts of the movie.

I love the contrasting versions of the old-fashion Superman and the contemporary Superman in this video.

This video is funny because when Superman saves Lois Lane (as she dangles from a helicopter), he tells her "easy Miss, I've got you;" and Lois responds "You"ve got me; Who's got you?. .

This heartwarning video is delightful because Jonathan and Martha Kent rescue a toddler (Superman) and take him home to raise as their very own son.

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  • iegsaan Feb 27, 2014 @ 3:36 pm
    This review really took me back many a year. I just love it. In the latest superman movie there are too many flaws in the movie. Louis calls superman on his name clark in the movie. That was really silly of the producer. Anyhow great lens and I loved the memories.
  • ViBeMo Feb 27, 2014 @ 9:51 pm
    Thank you! There's nothing like the 1978 version.
  • goingeagle3 Feb 26, 2014 @ 5:17 pm
    very nice review
  • ViBeMo Feb 26, 2014 @ 11:14 pm
    Thank you!
  • Radgrl Feb 25, 2014 @ 11:19 am
    Great review nicely done!
  • ViBeMo Feb 25, 2014 @ 9:33 pm
    Thank you so much!
  • dwelburn Feb 24, 2014 @ 6:10 pm
    Yes this was a great movie. But it did need updating and I feel Man of Steel did that very well.
  • ViBeMo Feb 25, 2014 @ 9:35 pm
    I do too!
  • tbonestakes Feb 24, 2014 @ 3:07 pm
    I went to see this movie as a teen in 1978 when it first came out. I could not wait to go and see it and I really enjoyed it. The special effects have improved over the years in film, but the initial flight sequence of this film was classic at the time and larger than life on the big screen. Congrats on the rotd!
  • ViBeMo Feb 25, 2014 @ 9:43 pm
    Thank you very much. The special effects in this Superman movie, I feel, was way before its time; considering that time period, the special effects were fantastic!
  • BatmanSuperman Feb 24, 2014 @ 11:26 am
    I loved the film as well much more than the latest one. It was funny and Christopher Reeve had so much charisma.
  • ViBeMo Feb 25, 2014 @ 9:45 pm
    I agree, he did have so much charisma along with a good sense of humor.
  • OhMe Feb 24, 2014 @ 10:57 am
    Congrats on Review of the Day. Great review
  • ViBeMo Feb 25, 2014 @ 9:46 pm
    Thank you so much!
  • Merrci Feb 24, 2014 @ 8:06 am
    Enjoyed the movie and your lens! Congrats on Review of the Day! It put me in the mood to watch it again. Mr. Reeves was a terrific Superman.
  • ViBeMo Feb 25, 2014 @ 9:49 pm
    Thank you so much! Now that you mentioned it, I want to see this movie again, too!
  • grammieo Feb 24, 2014 @ 7:14 am
    I agree, Reeves was the best Superman, he could rescue me anytime!
  • ViBeMo Feb 25, 2014 @ 9:50 pm
    I feel ya!
  • Charito1962 Feb 24, 2014 @ 7:12 am
    I enjoyed watching this film when it was shown in my country. The late Reeve was such a heartthrob!
  • ViBeMo Feb 25, 2014 @ 9:51 pm
    He was indeed! I miss seeing him on the big screen.
  • tonyleather Feb 24, 2014 @ 7:11 am
    Christopher Reeves was ALWAYS my favourite Superman, even if this movie is a bit dated now!
  • ViBeMo Feb 25, 2014 @ 9:56 pm
    Christopher Reeve was always my favorite, too. He's irreplaceable!
  • Colin323 Feb 24, 2014 @ 7:11 am
    A real 'feel good' movie. Great review of it.
  • ViBeMo Feb 25, 2014 @ 9:56 pm
    Thank you very much!
  • Susan52 Feb 22, 2014 @ 6:20 pm
    I loved it and even went to see it two or three times in the movie theater after it came out. (Of course that was before DVD's.) Reading your review brought back great memories of a really fun movie. Now I want to see it again!
  • ViBeMo Feb 25, 2014 @ 10:05 pm
    It's good to know that you have great memories and that you went to see it a couple of times. You should have it as part of your movie collections!
  • holisticwriter Feb 22, 2014 @ 2:03 pm
    I loved it too, though I do not remember nearly as much detail as you do. Great videos included. We need more heartwarming movies like this!
  • ViBeMo Feb 25, 2014 @ 10:10 pm
    Thank you so much! Yes, we do need more heartwarming movies like this!