Superman III ★★★★

Marvel has commercially perfected the funny superhero model by making quippy, sitcommy blockbusters that don't feel enough like comedies to alienate any of those finicky teenage boys. So it was like something akin to epiphany to watch this, which is not content to be merely funny but is actually an unabashed COMEDY, with sturdy slapstick construction and witty running gags, not even to mention Richard Pryor rambling around the frame and serving as essentially the secondary protagonist even as he throws his lot in with the bad guys. Tragically undervalued, Reeve is so good you want to cry and everybody else (even the kid!) holds their own.

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