THE CREATIVE

A serialized, Insider's exploration of the creative process, unpacking inspiration, expression and a good old-fashioned love of television & film.   

EPISODE ONE: THE BLISS OF CONCEIT (3minutes:53seconds)

When I first saw Superman: the Movie as a little, little ( little ) kid, I remember thinking, “meh.”  A lot of it flew over my head - pun intended.  But as I got older, I realized how fun this film is. And really, that’s what’s missing from a lot of modern superhero films ( and perhaps films in general ): enjoyment.  Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate a healthy respect for source material just like the next Director.  But not everything needs to be The Shining; an audience doesn’t always need to be beaten over the head with theme.  And  some films take themselves a little too seriously.  But Richard Donner, Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder - and their intrepid crew - struck the perfect balance of entertainment and truth-to-the-characters.  Sure it’s aged. And yes, there’s some cornball moments.  But there’s some good ole fashioned story-telling, character creation and cinematic technique on display here.  And there’s no reason why they can’t be still in use today.