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(Review originally written at 12 December 2005) 

"Superman III" isn't really a terrible movie but it's more a movie that has some flaws in it, which causes the movie to be a below average one to watch.

The story really isn't that bad and works fine as a campy-comedy. The way the story is however told at times make the movie look lame and silly. So good moments in the story are ruined and not executed correctly by director Richard Lester, who just isn't Richard Donner, no matter how hard he tries.

Of course the charm and atmosphere of the first movie is longtime gone. Only thing that is left is the typical humor of the first movie. This movie is quite honestly more a comedy than it is an action movie. It makes the movie fun to watch as long as you don't take it all too seriously. The atmosphere and story is even more campy as it was in "Superman II".

The movie really misses Lois Lane and Lex Luthor. Lois Lane has been extremely limited done in this movie and the main villain is this time portrayed by Robert Vaughn. He is a great actor but he just is no Gene Hackman. Hackman made the first two movies extremely likable and watchable and at the same time gave the movie some extra style and sense of profession. This time the love interested for Clark Kent is Lana Lang who simply is no Lois Lane. There isn't really any chemistry on screen and their love-story isn't worked out good enough.

I was actually watching this movie when I heard the news that Richard Pryor had passed away, that was a pretty weird and freaky experience and caused the news to be extra shocking. I knew his health was declining rapidly the last couple of years but still his death came as unexpected. He was excellent in this movie and made it great as a comedy. There are some hilarious comical moments that involves his character. He was truly one of the highlights of this movie and prevented this movie from being completely lame and ridicules.

The movie is extremely simple executed which wasn't always good for the story. Yes, there are some good scene's such as the Clark Kent versus Superman thing that was thought up pretty well and there most certainly were some hilarious comical moments that were truly fun, B-movie, campy like, at times. But most of the good moments are ruined by the poor execution of the movie in general.

Still it can be a very fun movie to watch as long as you don't take it all too serious.

5/10

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About Frank Veenstra

Watches movies...writes about them...and that's it for now.
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