I read, and really enjoyed, the book this film is based loosely on – Hollywood Kryptonite, by Kashner &Schoenberger, 1996). So I was aware the central character of this movie was not Reeves, but a fictional character named Louis Cimo (played to a tee, by a seedy and jaded Adrian Brodey).
The movie is essentially split in two – one perspective is the Cimo character's take on things, and the other is the life, (hand-picked) times, and death of George Reeves (played seamlessly, I thought, by Ben Affleck). The other major players are, or were, real people (excepting of course, Cimo's family et al) Some of those other players include George's mother (a woman that you just had to take a dislike to esp if you read the Hollywood K book!); the woman who kept him, Tonie Mannix (Diane Lane – well executed); her husband, Ed, (Bob Hoskins – not in the movie long enough), and the woman who wanted to have what she thought George could give her, Lenore Lemon (LL – interesting intials, considering it's Superman here).
I would have loved a movie based solely on the book, Hollywood Kryptonite, but it would have to have been a documentary. As a piece entertainment the movie is enjoyable, authentic, thoughtful and thought-provoking – so much so, that one could ask after watching it …who'd want to be an actor? George Reeves did. And, as well as the exciting, high-flying (sorry) lifestyle, we see another side to George, full of, well, kind of pathetic-ness, which is also Cimo's world. George was a kept man, and at the end of his life, he was looking for a way out of his guilded cage.
Whether he would have found it with Ms Lemon is debatable, but the movie looks at the last few years of his life, (the Superman years), and how his story parallels that of the fictional Cimo's character. The Hollywood of the 1950's is well re-created and it was a bit of fun to “star-spot”, in some scenes. By the end of the movie, it could be renamed “Hollow-wood”. The story takes the viewer through the usual suspects of how poor George's death could have happened. Apart from a poiniant look at a home-movie George apparently gave his publicist friend, the movie leaves the viewer to his/her own conclusions as to what really happened, that night, to TV's Superman.