Written by / 1/23/2014 / 1 Comment / , , , , ,

HELEN SLATER IS SUPERGIRL W/ FAYE DUNAWAY & PETER O'TOOLE

year: 1984 rating: **1/2
Some big budget movies are bound to fail. At the same time, some failures could have been much better…

SUPERGIRL begins like its famous predecessor, SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE. Instead of Marlon Brando, who was David Lean’s original idea to play LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, we have the man himself, Peter O’Toole as Zaltar, the wizardly mentor of a beautiful young lady, Kara Zor-El.

The location is inner-space where colonies of Krypton survivors exist within a colorful, dome-like, dreamy location, a cross between LOGAN’S RUN and XANADU where Zaltar is jovially playing with a mystical orb – he hands it to Kara and the device flies off through the dome, headed straight for… The same place Kara ventures: A planet where her cousin already made a name for himself – that being, Earth. And as more bad luck would have it, the orb just happens to fly into the lap of a wannabe witch who needs only one thing to make all her powerful, villainous dreams come true. With this, Faye Dunaway’s Selena, along with her female Ned Beatty in the form of Bianca (Brenda Vaccaro), goes from a student sorceress to a powerful one… But that’s skipping ahead…

At the park where the orb landed has a newly transformed Kara, now donning a familiar blue spandex suit, becoming Supergirl: although for a little while she’s inconspicuous... These are the best scenes as our lovely super heroine, changing her blond hair brown, holes up at an All Girl’s School that just happens to be semi-run by Selena’s nefarious counterpart, Nigel, played by Peter Cook, and her best friend becomes Lois Lane’s mousy sister, Lucy…

Kara blends in with the other girls while at a fun house turned private lair, Selena’s powers start taking shape… Her initial target becomes Kara’s future love interest and the main ingredient of what makes SUPERGIRL a complete howler.

Supergirl makes a flower
Square-jawed Hart Bochner, known for playing bully jerks in BREAKING AWAY and THE WILD LIFE, is terribly miscast as a construction working stud, Ethan, put under an intense love potion spell by Selena that winds up being accidentally unleashed on Kara – a Sleeping Beauty to Selena’s Evil Queen with Ethan her dopey Huntsman.

The bizarre romance between Ethan and Kara (he's much too old) slows the pace considerably. Worthy side-characters Lucy Lane and Marc McClure's Jimmy Olsen (the sole connection to the original) are completely forgotten... Meanwhile, the only action sequences are a few boring and prolonged battles between Supergirl against Selena's wind-gushing spells.

Helen Slater is cute and beautiful, perfectly suited for the role but she deserved a much better vehicle. What began as an eclectic and creative adventure gets painted in a banal, colorless corner…Not even an 11th hour Phantom Zone meeting with Peter O'Toole can save us from the muddled mid-section that wrecked any potential.
Share This Post :
Tags : , , , , ,

1 comment:

  1. Its awesome that Helen Slater played Lara Lor-Van, Superman's Kryptonian mom, in the television series Smallville.

    Another great review. I know I saw this movie once but I have zero memory of it.

    ReplyDelete

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.

Featured Post

MICHAEL GOUGH CONTROLS 'KONGA' FEATURING CLAIRE GORDON

Claire Gordon and Michael Gough in KORGA Year: 1961 A movie that finally proves dumb things can sound smart when spoken in an English ac...

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Most Popular Last Year

WWW.CULTFILMFREAKS.COM

WWW.CULTFILMFREAKS.COM
Movie Reviews, Interviews, Articles and Pop Culture from White Heat to Blue City

FOR TELEVISION REVIEWS

LIKE US ON FACEBOOK

TOTAL HITS

Popular Trending

FOUNDED BY JAMES M. TATE

FOUNDED BY JAMES M. TATE
RANDOM QUOTE: "You'd drink too if you were married to your mother." Bruce Dern, Nebraska

Blog Archive

ETERNAL ART OF FILM NOIR

FAVORITES SHORTLIST

MOVIES 1)THE FEARMAKERS 2)JAWS 3)LOCAL HERO 4)THE CROWDED SKY 5)RAIDERS FROM BENEATH THE SEA 6)VIOLENT SATURDAY 7)THE MAN FROM LARAMIE 8)CANYON PASSAGE 9)SHARKS' TREASURE 10)HOT CARS 11)CURSE OF THE DEMON 12)HARDCORE 13)ANATOMY OF A MURDER 14)EASY LIVING 15)THE ONLY GAME IN TOWN 16)SWEENEY TWO 17)WICHITA 18)WHITE HEAT 19)AIR PATROL 20)FALLEN ANGEL 21)THE SERGEANT 22)OTLEY 23)AL CAPONE 24)WILLIAM CONRAD'S BRAINSTORM 25)ASH WEDNESDAY 26)DEMETRIUS AND THE GLADIATORS 27)FIRECREEK 28)MY BLOOD RUNS COLD 29)HOTEL 30)WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS

ACTORS 1)DANA ANDREWS 2)JAMES CAGNEY 3)MARLON BRANDO 4)ORSON WELLES 5)JACK NICHOLSON 6)PETER O'TOOLE 7)TOM COURTENAY 8)CHARLES BRONSON 9)GENE HACKMAN 10)VICTOR MATURE DIRECTORS 1)JACQUES TOURNEUR 2)RICHARD FLEISCHER 3)STANLEY KUBRICK 4)ORSON WELLES 5)OTTO PREMINGER 6)MAURY DEXTER 7)JOHN GUILLERMIN 8)JOHN LANDIS 9)MICHAEL WINNER 10)SAM PECKINPAH ACTRESSES 1)VIRGINIA MAYO 2)SUE LYON 3)GENE TIERNEY 4)MERRY ANDERS 5)FAYE DUNAWAY GREATEST FILMS OF ALL TIME 1)THE GODFATHER PART II 2)GOODFELLAS 3)THE GODFATHER 4)LAWRENCE OF ARABIA 5)CHINATOWN

SCIENCE-FICTION STUFF

Popular This Month


Take a ride into DANA ANDREWS Cinema

BLOGS OF INTEREST

RARITIES & EXPLOITATION

STARING INTO THE SIXTIES

STARING INTO THE SIXTIES
Wisdom. Inspiration. Wrestling Instruction.

HANGING IN THE EIGHTIES

All Time Popular

TARGETING THE SEVENTIES

TALES AND REFLECTIONS

TALES AND REFLECTIONS
"Really cool and a lot of class." Yaphet Kotto

RETURN TO THE HOMEPAGE