Last week Benjamin and I accompanied Cara (eternal_wonder) to see Hollywoodland at the Alamo Drafthouse on Lamar. In truth, I had no interest in seeing the movie but Benjamin really wanted to and I always enjoy Cara’s company so I acquiesced. The movie was surprisingly good considering I wasn’t interested in seeing it :)
Possible spoilers below cut, you have been warned.
One thing I found very fascinating is at the end of the movie, and only the end of the movie, does Simo ever think of George as aged and that was only after Joe lent him the reels showing George doing the karate workout. It is as if Simo viewed George through the “Superman” lens throughout the entire movie and only until faced with the realization that he was, in fact, simply a man did he even consider that George may really have killed himself. If you keep this concept in mind and look back over the movie, you realize that George’s character conveyed many Superman-like qualities, ones that we might not expect from a mere mortal: standing up seemingly unharmed after falling several feet flat on his face during his first scene ‘flying’; looking like a very young man throughout the entire movie even during the several ‘night of the murder’ playback scenes when he was obviously an older man. Simo even conveyed these super-human qualities to Toni as well – she never looked old in any of his mental recreations, always looking like a young woman up until the point we see her in modern time at the end of the movie.
There are also a couple of weird bits that I’m not sure what to make of that I’ll eventually Google:
- According to the movie, George Reeves was the original Superman. Is it a coincidence that Superman was later played by Christopher Reeves?
- Superman’s love interest has always been the very feisty Lois Lane. Toni, George’s feisty love interest, was played by Diane Lane.