Superman Week: Superman III
The plot has the potential to be good, and bits of it were entertaining. My issue with the story is it focused too much on Pryor's character. It wasn't a horrible plot though and it did had its moments. Had it focused more on the corrupted Superman subplot I would have found it a great deal more entertaining. Hell the whole movie could have just focused on that and I would have enjoyed it more.
|I needed a drink during this movie too!|
Aside from that you had Reeve once again turning in a great performance as the man of steel. He was especially good at playing the "corrupted" Superman. This was a twist which I'm sure he had fun with and it shows in the film.
|Robert Vaughn plays Ross Webster, an uninspired Lex Luthor knock off|
It was great to see them re-introduce the Lana Lang character to the film series. Being played by Annette O'Toole who turned in a great performance and she had some good chemistry with Reeve. She did in fact impress me more than Margot Kidder did as Lois Lane to be honest. She had more personality and was overall more interesting . It should also be noted that she returned to play Martha Kent in the Smallville series in 2001.
Superman 3 is more of a slapstick comedy than a great action adventure movie. It had too many sight gags and the inclusion of Pryor, for as great as he was as a comedian, ruined the films tone and everything that a Superman film was til that point. Add to that the inclusion of uninspired villains and you have a mixed bag of a film with a mediocre plot.