I was ambivalent about Superman Returns at first, but I’m sitting watching the original Superman film … and it seems far, far more terrible than I remeber it seeming last time I watched it.
There are a number of things that always bothered me about it. Even aged 7 I noticed the lousy job of the dolly grip, the camera being jerky in many scenes, and late moving in others, and some of the dialog seemed either silly or patronizing.
I can’t tell if it’s trying to seem quaint by using 30s style sci-fi: Krypton is described as being in another Galaxy which happens to be very close our solar system; on the way to Earth, Jorel’s voice talks about Einstein’s theory of relativity, but then later says the 3 years that passed in Superman’s flight would be equivalent to 1000s of years since Krypton exploded.
But its hard to tell if its deliberate, or if the intellectual bar was just incredibly low.