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...
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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…
I enjoyed it for the most part, but the end fight scene was really tedious. Could have cut 10 minutes off and still been fine
IHOP, genesis chambers, phantom drives, and world engines, oh my! CGI-fest masks narrative phooey, but, ah, the spectacle. Eh.
Not a fan of the giant set pieces but the "super" hand-to-hand throughout is fantastic. Zimmer, Crowe & Antje Traue = MVPs.
"Oh what a shame" is what I would summarise this film with.
I really wanted to like this film and I actually really like what they tried to do with it but, for me, it simply didn't work.
First thing I'll say is that Superman is not Batman. Never has been.
But the movie has much more wrong with it than that.
Superman 2 was one of the first films I remember seeing at the cinema, and whilst the original films have a certain campness to them, they also have a watchability and enjoyability factor that this version sadly lacked.
Terrance Stamp "KKKNNNNEEEEEELLLLLL" - that is General Zod, not Michael Shannon who looks like he is going to cry through…
This movie had it all, great camerawork, great cinematography, an emotionally punching score, the problem was that this movie was terrible. It was like being hit on the head with a hammer, the director shouting "feel something!" with every slam. Humorless. Overly sentimental. The problem of invincibility is a real one. Hardly suspenseful, the last fight scene felt like 3 hours.
I understand the complaints, I really do. The script, the overbearing score, the endless destruction. But it's just a marvel to look at and I had a lot of fun watching it. Zack Snyder is who Michael Bay wishes he could be. This is a light 4 btw.
"It's coming through the RSS feeds!!"
Let's take a step back shall we. What options did Zach Snyder and Christopher Nolan have with rebooting Superman? How about cartoony and fun Superman? That was done and redone in the 70s and 80s. Also, Marvel is already churning out a slew of light, but very fun and emotional superhero movies. So scratch that. How about a cartoony, but serious and dramatic Superman? Bryan Singer tried that back in 2006. Now, Superman Returns wasn't unwatchable, but it also wasn't anything that would inspire desire for a sequel. So scratch that. Nolan and Snyder's only other option? A gritty and realistic take on the character. That's the movie they wanted to make anyway, and it was their only option.