Superman II

1980

Action / Adventure / Romance / Sci-Fi

110
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 89%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 75%
IMDb Rating 6.8 10 85976

Synopsis


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Director

Cast

John Ratzenberger as Controller #1
Christopher Reeve as Superman / Clark Kent
Gene Hackman as Lex Luthor
Terence Stamp as General Zod
720p.BLU
698.81 MB
1280*720
English
NR
23.976 fps
2hr 7 min
P/S 12 / 55

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Ian 8 / 10

Better Villains

(Flash Review)

This was shot at the same time as Superman but had directorial turmoil. Thus as the first director left, Gene Hackman quit the film! Anyway, in this movie, three criminals escape and flee to Earth. At the same time Superman has fallen in love with Lois and is learning to be equal/human with her, he must give up his Superman powers. Will he sacrifice so much to be with Lois? How will the villains be stopped if he doesn't have his powers? How will Lex Luthor jockey the villain hierarchy? Those are the core tension plot points. The three villains are great. So many memorable scenes and they have such peculiar 80's styles. The story was a good way to showcase superpowers and fun battles. Very good effects for its time. Another classic movie.

Reviewed by Sober-Friend 9 / 10

Good But I prefer to watch the Restored International Cut

This film is very controversial. Mainly because "Superman" and "Superman 2" were both being shot at the same time. When production fell behind schedule Richard Donner stop filming the scenes for "Superman II" and concentrated on filming the scenes for "Superman 1".

When Donner was ready to finish work on "Superman II" he was fired. Now why he was fired is up for grabs. Truth be told everything with Gene Hackman is "His Footage". Richard Lester ended up being the director of record for "Superman II". The 1981 film is still a good film. 25 years later Warner Brothers released "Superman II" the Richard Donner cut and it is good but the restored International Cut is actually the best cut of the film. It re-incorporated many scenes that were shot by Richard Donner. In fact the balcony scene in the international cut is much better than the scene that Donner used in his cut. Both scenes however were shot by him.

In this film the three villain from Krypton have now found there way to earth and they are taking over the world with a little help from Lex Luther.

At the same time Lois Lane is out to find out if Clark is really "Superman".

This film has more action than the first film but it doesn't have the heart but its not meant too. Its meant to be an action adventure film and succeeds.

THis version (RESTORED INTERNATIONAL CUT) is not available to buy but you can download it. I just wish the Richard Donner would have used more of the Lester Footage to so his cut did not seem so jumpy.

Trust me must comic book films today are terrible when compared to "Superman" and "Superman II"

Reviewed by alfCycle 6 / 10

Decent sequel, slightly below the original

As I stated in my Superman (1978) review, I am not really a Superman fan. I have always been a big Batman, X-Men, Spider-Man fan, but never got into Superman. I thought the original movie was decently entertaining, but not that great of a movie (see that review for more info). Superman II has elements that I liked more than the original, but also elements that I disliked more. On the positive side, I definitely liked General Zod way more than Gene Hackman's cartoonish Chairface Chippendale-esque portrayal of Lex Luthor from the first movie. Superman actually has someone to fight. However, the biggest negative has to be with the wildly inconsistent tone of the movie. This most likely comes from the change in director part way through filming. Half the movie is played with a more serious tone, whereas the other half is basically a slapstick comedy/spoof in the vein of the Adam West Batman series, though nowhere near as clever. There are also a bunch of annoying plot holes that I found hard to ignore. Mainly, how the hell did he get all the way back to the freaking Arctic without his powers? You're not telling me he hitchhiked and walked to the North Pole? And how did he actually get his powers back anyway? At least give me some dumb explanation. Not saying I'm some idiot that needs every detail fed to me, but that is a pretty big plot point. Not like this is a Stanley Kubrick / David Lynch film where you have to piece things together for yourself. At least in, say, The Dark Knight Rises, you can "explain" the question of how did Bruce Wayne get back into Gotham with the obligatory "He's Batman!", but in this movie he's not even Superman at the time, he's just some dude that gets easily beaten up at restaurants by a-hole truck drivers. Also, if Superman can erase people's minds with a kiss, does that mean he has telepathic powers like Professor X? Can he control anybody's mind? Does he need to touch them to do so? Is it strictly through oral application? Is it saliva based mind control? Couldn't he just put it in a spray gun and shoot super-mind control spit on Lex Luthor and make him rethink his life choices? Anyway, I will give this movie the same rating out of 10 that I gave the first movie, but if I had to rank them, I would put the original slightly above this one.

6/10

Recommended for those that enjoy "previously on..."'s, two sided floating space ipads, exploding space elevators, hot air balloon rides, white water lie detectors, kneeling before Zod!, not so subtle product placement, the old switcharoo, mind control spit...

...but that's just like, my opinion, man

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