Directed by Richard Lester
Starring Christopher Reeve, Richard Pryor, Robert Vaughn, Margot Kidder
For Superman III,
Slapstick was the goal
And Hackman refused
To reprise his role.
Was greatly slighted,
And Marlon Brando
Was not invited.
A new approach
Was needed, then,
So the script did not
Was this film’s new star,
As a programming genius
Who lowered the bar.
The funny comedian
With eyes filled with pain
Brings us little laughter,
Though that was the aim.
The producers were trying
To make us laugh,
But they failed completely.
They weren’t up to the task.
The first Superman movie’s opening credits
Came at you onscreen
With powerful edits,
With powerful music
Pulling you in
Till you feel that you are
connected to him.
In contrast, this movie
Begins with some boobs,
And the city’s men are distracted
By these boobs,
Which lead to a lackluster
Which is overlaid
With the credits sequence.
This movie doesn’t get
Better from there,
Though some dramatic scenes
Are better than fair.
Annette O’Toole plays Lana Lang,
The woman who plays Clark’s romantic flame.
Clark visits Smallville and encounters Miss Lang
And bring some charm to the movie again,
And we see Clark transform himself
And later split into two different selves,
But while all this is going on,
Richard Pryor is moving the film along.
We see him do things that make no sense,
Like skiing on a rooftop with no fence,
Sliding over the windows closed
Till he lands in traffic on the streets below.
To tell us that we’re supposed to laugh,
He has a pink tablecloth tied to his… lower half.
Pryor gets involved with Robert Vaughn,
Who is hardly Ricardo Montalban,
As a baddie who builds a supercomputer,
An indestructible supercomputer,
That Richard Pryor needs saving from dying.
Superman can carry him while flying.
That scene was used in the movie poster.
Pryor with Reeves showing good posture,
Telling all customers to beware,
That this would be substandard Superman fare.
In Superman III, some parts are okay,
But the film as a whole is trash to this day.
The movie bombed, for they followed the rumour
That the producers just did not understand humour.
I hate this film, so I give it two
–One star for effort, and one for the crew.