(Review originally written at 27 December 2005)

Just finished watching the director's cut of "Supergirl". Horrbile stuff!

Biggest problem with this movie is that it has absolutely no entertainment value. Nothing interesting or spectacular happens in this movie, mainly due to its poor imaginative-less story that is beyond ridicules and isn't even completely clear at times. Lots of things in the movie are taken for granted and are not explained or deepened out. The result of all of this is that halve of the time the movie doesn't make sense and the other halve of the time its just plain ridicules. For instance when Supergirl comes to Earth, she first discovers her amazing super powers and what does she decide to do next after that? She decides that she wants to go to an Earthly school! The movie is completely filled with ridicules and totally weird plot elements that are extremely lame and are even worser brought to the silver screen by director Jeannot Szwarc, who also directed "Jaws 2". The movie is a 2 hour+ ridicules bore-fest, without even a good camp-value.

The main villains of the movie, played by Faye Dunaway and Brenda Vaccaro, are supposed to be also the comical relief of the movie, just like Lex Luthor and Otis were in "Superman". But their characters are completely not funny. Their dialog is painfully bad at times and their actions and motivations are just too ridicules for words.

Not even other fine actors such as Mia Farrow, Peter O'Toole and Peter Cook can bring some life and/or credibility to this movie!

The only real positive thing I can say about this movie concerns the musical score by Jerry Goldsmith. Unlike Ken Thorne and Alexander Courage who did the music for Superman II, III & IV, he actually comes up with some totally new themes and doesn't recycle the old classic John Williams musical score from "Superman". It's a fine piece of work that is worth listening to outside of this movie.

Like many other bad movies, it has build up a real solid fan base over the years, which is fine with me, as long as you're staying objective and give credit where it is due. "Supergirl" is a horrible movie that only deserves credit for its musical score and for some of the flying sequences that were better looking as in any of the Superman movies. I wished I liked this movie better but I just can't. It was barley watchable at times and just utterly boring and uninteresting. At least the Superman movies still had an (campy) entertainment value, this movie has absolutely zero story and style and is a complete mess to watch.


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