Last year I created a similar list so it was about time I did another for those upcoming films that…
Man of Steel
You will believe that a man can fly.
A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.
Despite his iconic status Superman has often struggled to adapt to life on the silver screen. Ignoring the comic book delights of the first two films, DC’s most enduring creation has failed to soar at the box office and even the Midas touch of Christopher Nolan’s guiding hand seems incapable of stopping the character’s turbulent cinematic journey. Following Bryan Singer’s lifeless and dull love letter to Donner’s original film, Warner Bros. have attempted to bring the Godly spectacle back to the franchise, and they have, at the expense of practically everything else.
Although this is very much an origin story it foregoes many of the elements people have come to associate with the character. Sure, it features the familiar moral…
An explosion of imagination and visual ingenuity, Man of Steel manages to feel like the future of cinema and an instant classic all at once. It follows the bare bones of the source material, then injects a strong dose of modernity and eliminates the duality between Clark Kent the journalist and Superman. The early reviews for this film are polarized for all the wrong reasons. Something that's been slowly building over the last few years has finally come to a head with reviews of this film. When it comes to big, flashy summer blockbusters, critics have taken extremely negative stances on popular films for the sake of being "above" all the noise. This isn't a film that needs to be…
"but what if i have to tinkle?"
you will believe a man can sigh. hopelessly torn between regurgitating a myth & telling a story. inert, dull & terribly timid. the genome of a Nolan film & none of the grace. flashback structure fatally enervates the narrative. hardly any actual *scenes,* even fewer actual characters.
Cavill is great / wasted. Adams is given a petulant and banal Lois Lane. Shannon acquits himself, and yet enjoys not a single memorable moment (his henchwoman steals the show with her Metal Gear moves).
neat design elements, i'll give it that. the thought of a sequel has me locked in the fetal position. no more, zack snyder. no more zack snyder.
And the award for most disappointing movie of the decade...
as well as my most boring time in a theater...goes to...
(unnecessary dramatic drumroll)
MAN OF STEEL!
This has been easily the most anticipated movie of the year. A serious take on Superman; something we needed after how lackluster the last few films were. *cough* Superman Returns *cough* The trailers made this look as epic as possible so it's hard not to get a little excited by this. Did over a year's worth of hype payoff?
Nope...but at least it was better than Superman Returns...not like that's a difficult feat of course.
It'll take a long read to mention what's wrong with this film so let's start with the positives.…
If you would've asked me a couple of months ago what my favorite superhero movie was I would've told you that it was the Man of Steel trailer #2. I mean that trailer was one of the most beautifully edited and perfectly made trailers that I have ever seen. It managed to pack so much emotion, raw energy and gorgeous visuals into three minutes of mind blowing cinema. I knew in my heart of hearts that Zack Snyder was a better trailer director than film director, but I was really hoping that this film would be great. I had faith that with Nolan producing and the great cast that this film has, 'Man of Steel' would be the Superman film…
Very little to say. A question; why even bother attempting a rounded, intelligent premise, if you are going to be continually unintelligent in act 3? The template for action movies is BROKEN. Get a new one.
In the end I'd rather be watching "Superman Returns" with Kevin Spacey and Brandon Routh parroting lines from the original seventies Superman movie, than watch this hollow sugar-coated eye-candy garbage. When Kevin Costner's character in the movie dies it was the one moment that I had any kind of emotional attachment in "Man of Steel" and it was less because of the scenario ("save the dog!") and more because it depicted the demise of the most interesting character in the film.
My full review is here:
the superman movie I've waited for my entire life for
I can see both sides to the "It sucks!" and "It rules!" arguments that kept me a bit leery for most of last year. After finally getting to it, I'm somewhere on the fence with "Man of Steel," but still placing it among the worst of 2013, a tad better than "The Great Gatsby." Ultimately, like the aforementioned, this is not really a movie to me. It's also only slightly better than director Zack Snyder's oh-so-self-indulgent "Sucker Punch." (Which, I will say I saw twice.) This new Superman is 95% CGI; lots and lots of yelling; intense explosions, mayhem and fighting; has more endings than "Return of the King"... and yet even more exhausted ways at planetary destruction and…
"A sad foreshadowing of the next fifty years of cinema."
OK, so here we go. This film was a huge disappointment for me. For some odd reason, I was hoping for this to be the best superhero film that I've ever seen. After originally seeing the trailer, I liked the gritty, film style look to it, even with layers upon layers of visual effects. I continued to enjoy this when I got the chance to watch the actual film. I also thought that the overall sound quality, whether it be editing or mixing, was absolutely phenomenal. The effects were not revolutionary, but they were good, and good is enough for me. As far as the more derogatory things I had…
Not what I was expecting - GOOD!
A bit better this time as I am getting used to this damn shaky camera stuff a bit more. Still just leaves you a bit cold and it needs some of the the warmth and charm of the originals.
Σοβαρά τώρα, δεν το περίμενα τόσο κακό.
- Before Midnight
- Only God Forgives
- 12 Years a Slave
- The Rover
- Captain Phillips
All 2013 releases in the UK. The final 3 aren't officially ranked as not enough of Empire's writers had seen…
- Superman II
- Swamp Thing
- Superman III
Leave me suggestions in the comments. Note: comic characters are not ALWAYS superheroes. Note #2: pre-existing characters only. No Unbreakable…