It's depressing to think, but there could have been a great movie in Superman II. Yet, due to typical studio politics of the 70s, we are given this movie instead. It's even harder to believe anyone would find Marlon Brando's work unworthy of any movie. Donner really deserves the credit for 70% of what works in the film, while Lester deserves the 30% that doesn't. So on the basis of Donner's work I still recommend it.
After seeing the Richard Donner cut.. In all honesty, Donner shot this poorly from the outset. Superman, a COMEDY. Really.. Well, in that case, it makes sense to bring in a comedy director to save the production. Enter Richard Lester. I don't blame Mario Puzo. Something very transgressive and interesting could have been wrung from this script.
On s'amuse tranquille et détendu aux exploits surhumains du grand justicier américain, pourvu que la réflexion et l'oeil critique restent en dehors du plaisir de la vision. Ne soyons pas trop exigeant ! www.cinefiches.com
Far from my favorite of Lester's films, I add this primarily because of Sarah Douglas and Terence Stamp. Not even sure how much of it is his (never seen the Donner version) but the scene on the moon is him all over. I haven't seen it in years but remember laughing hard in the cinema. This typifies what Jonathan Rosenbaum deems Lester's potboiler mode.
Sequel that feels like a natural continuation. General Zod and his evil minions are effective villains and I love the scene where Lois Lane try to force Clark Kent to "out himself" by drowning herself. The final fight sequence could maybe have been better but it is hard not to forget evil General Zod and his black-clothed minions.
Bear in mind that I only saw the Donner cut, but this was just as good, if not better, than the first. Hackman makes a much better supporting player than lead, and Zod is one of the better superhero villains ever.