Join Date: Apr 2005
Watched Hollywoodland yesterday, so here's my attempt at presenting the good, the bad, and the ugly from Hollywoodland.
First of all I need to correct one thing we have in our Hollywoodland article In the commercials the S insignia was definitely blotted out digitially from what I've seen, but in the actual movie the S is still on Superman's chest. Possibly Warners just didn't want to allow the use of the S on commercials to avoid the impression that this was an offical DC Comics movie. After all it was rated R, and after seeing it, I wouldn't blame them for not wanting Superman identified with this movie given it's sexual content and language.
That's the ugly, on the good side as I mentioned Ben Affleck is sporting the real costume S and all. There were a few really good scenes I think Superman and George Reeves fans can appreciate where George Reeves is confronting his many kid fans for the first time, and one intense scene where a kid actually attempts to shoot at Reeves with a loaded gun to prove he is Superman. The way he handles the situation is brilliant.
The bad is that there isn't enough of those type of scenes, and there seems to be a little bit out of whack in the history of Reeves and Superman in the story. Although, it seemed to help me anyway understand the different theories surrounding Reeves' death.
I felt watching it that Affleck was doing a good job acting and bringing emotion to his character, but it didn't seem like his character was really George Reeves. He just didn't sound like him. His voice was too soft spoken. Reeves had a deeper voice. The guy who played Jimmy Olsen for a couple of scenes sounded just like Jack Larsen on the other hand.
So all in all I give it a wait and rent it unless you are like me and are really interested in all things Superman. It is definitely not a family movie. It's a shame really I think they would have actually made more money by cutting back a little on the language and the sex, especially considering the type of people who would be interested in seeing this picture. With all of Hollywood's high tech tools, and millions of dollars they have to spend, you'd think they'd learn to make a movie to fit the audience.
I think the ending was way to abrupt as well. I would have recommended a little bit of a tribute to Reeves legacy as Superman. Maybe mention all the fans he's had over the years even since his death.