Day 24- Favorite documentary
I must admit, I don’t really watch documentaries. I get enough reality in my day to day life and prefer to view films as a means of escape. That being said, my favorite documentary should come as no surprise. It’s Look, Up in the Sky! The Amazing Story of Superman. Because of course it is.
The documentary covers the history of Superman from the comic books to television to the movies. It starts with the creation of Clark Kent/Superman by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, and follows him through to Superman Returns. Stops are made along the way to cover the radio show, the Fleischer animated bits, the 50’s television series Adventures of Superman, all four movies starring Christopher Reeve, Lois and Clark: The Adventures of Superman, Superman: The Animated Series, and Smallville. The doc also discusses the major plot points of the comics- the introduction of Lois Lane, Lois and Superman getting engaged, the death of Superman at the hands of Doomsday, and the marriage of Lois and Clark. It includes footage from the Donner and Singer movies as well as interviews with Dean Cain, Margot Kidder, Annette O’Toole, Richard Donner, and Bryan Singer. Top it off with narration by Kevin Spacey and it’s quite the star-studded spectacle.
As a huge comic nerd, it’s no surprise that the documentary piques my interest. Since I am of the super nerd variety, I knew most of the information covered beforehand. I still found the interviews to be entertaining. The enthusiasm of each actor, historian, and fan boy (here’s looking at you Kevin Smith) is enough to keep it interesting and fun. My only real complaint is that is focuses heavily on Superman Returns, the weakest of the movies (at that point anyway). I understand that it was made right before the release as a way of driving people into the theatre but I would have appreciated a more in-depth look into the comic book history.
Over all it’s a serviceable documentary with some fun tidbits of info for those who aren’t as well versed on the history of the character. I highly recommend it to all casual Superman fans.