Just found Superman III on TV. Christopher Reeves remains one of the best Supermen I've seen, able to pull of the Clark/Super thing better than the comics. You can honestly understand why other characters don't work it out immediately. Also, the costume is perfect. You don't need to make it dark and edgy
. Superman is meant to be a bright, cheerful character. Okay, so in films the need to have contrasts between all of the different heroes (Batman is the most obvious here) is hardly as important, but it's still part of the original lure of the character. Batman seeks revenge and repression of his own dark side, Superman wants to express his light side and general goodness.
I also woke up to Candleshoe this morning, a 70s Disney film. Family fun adventure about a girl pretending to be the granddaughter of a kindhearted English noblewoman. The Butler is brilliant, pretending to be all sorts of different people to hide just how broke they are, and the random selection of kids (taken in by the old woman after the childrenshome closed) can act reasonably well and actually add to the plot. Wonderful climax with the kids attacking a bunch of hardened criminals. I love that whimsical element of kids films, where the kids are smarter and faster than the criminals, when it's handled well. It was established that they'd grown up in the sort of enviroment where they were capable of doing that. As Radio Times pointed out: this is the kind of family entertainment that everyone seems to have forgotten how to make - good story, fine acting and no special effects.
Seriously, compared with the mess that was the live action 101 Dalmations, I'll take films like Candleshoe and Pete's Dragon anyday.
Though I'd love to see an accurate adaption of 101 Dalmations, maybe as a Saturday Evening serial or something. It's one of the best books I've ever read, and the only film which ever came close to giving me the same sense of community and kind strangers is Finding Nemo.
I'm working 3 days this week now, which is nice, so I might actually order some stuff of amazon. I'm now very tempted to get 101 Dalmations. Because what I really need are yet more children's books (I'm ordering Milly-Molly-Mandy). Went on another walk to day and found the place I like again. I discovered you can see no roads or buildings from there, and there's all these little meadowy bits among the allotments. It's such a grogeous day.