In 1978, “Superman: The Movie” was created that became the first major superhero film ever and ignited franchises of films. In 1980, “Superman II” came out and joined the few sequels ranked higher than the original among such legends as “Godfather: Part II” and “The Empire Strikes Back”. The movies that really get us are the ones that don’t just affect us at the moment…but transcend the years.
My favorite film “Spider-Man 2” was actually noted by its director, Sam Raimi, to be partially inspired by “Superman II”. This is why director Christopher Nolan even spoke about how “Superman: The Movie” inspired his choice of actors that he would cast. This is why, that no matter the fact that those two films happened over 30 years ago, they still affect filmmakers and audiences alike. A lot of films that we like now, as much as we will deny it, won’t hit us as hard years later. Maybe they are too much like other films we enjoy or are just poor carbon copies of films we forget about for a moment. Dead again, some films just stick with each of us no matter what anyone else says.
In the end, as I wrap up the official 365th movie fact of my blog, hitting the 1 year mark, it comes down to the fact that some films are universal. They transcend time and the climates of each time period to become forever loved and respected. Like the character of Superman, a symbol of idealism and the forces of good, the great films are pure no matter their subject material because they capture something deeper. The depths of the human soul and the answers we seek so much, simplified and forever imprinted on film. That is the power of film to me and, I hope, maybe for those of you who read these posts this year, it is now the power of film to you as well. Happy New Year everyone and may you continue to be powered by great cinema and great stories that inspire you to reach for something higher!