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It’s a bird…it’s a plane…it’s the newest Superman incarnation, soaring through every science fiction movie it could possibly smash through to stop the evil General Zod from ripping off Michael Bay! Gosh, I hope the ‘man of steel’ will be able to save us from enduring a headache inducing climax!
I guess the belief that ‘less is more’ doesn’t exist anymore in Hollywood. Even Nolan restrained himself with just enough action in the ‘Dark Knight’ trilogy (and it had a different approach). There were things I liked about ‘Man of Steel,’ and there were a whole lot of things I didn’t care for in the film.
In case you’ve been living under a rock and don’t know anything about Superman, or this movie, I’ve got a mix-drink for you. Ready? Take the first 40 minutes of ‘Superman: The Motion Picture,’ then take the last 40 minutes of ‘Superman II,’ and mix it in a blender. May not have that kick those crazy A.D.D. 2013 movie audiences crave so much, so we are going to add the over-kill, fast-paced moments from the ‘Transformers’ movies, the loud/obnoxious money-shot scenes from the Marval movies, and sprinkles of Christopher Nolan’s infatuation with philosophy, realism, and plot-holes - VOILA!, you just made a mix-bag-drink called MAN OF STEEL!
I am going to hold off a day or two from writing my inevitable long-winded review of ‘Man of Steel,’ (and a fair warning ahead of time, it will be wordy!) In fact, I will be writing a few features for my MovieFreak eBook at some point this next week.
What I can say now, though, the third act of ‘Man of Steel’ gave me a headache. I guess the belief that ‘less is more’ doesn’t exist anymore in Hollywood. Even Nolan restrained himself with just enough action in the ‘Dark Knight’ trilogy.
There were things I liked about ‘Man of Steel’ (pretty much the parts in the film that isn’t an reenactment of what’s been done before). There were a lot of things I didn’t care for (like the third act of the film, which relies heavily on being loud/flashy/and Michael Bay-like). The positive thing I can say, the cast is solid. Even though I will always cherish Christopher Reeves, this new Supes fits the part well (both in looks and charisma). I even enjoyed the scenes with Russel Crowe as Supe’s dad (even though I did not care for the ‘Star Wars’ prequel-esque prologue that starts the film off).
The overall - I don’t hate the new Superman at all, in fact, I admire its efforts and glad to see a new generation that will take in the classic superhero. I don’t love it either, and don’t intend on buying it on Blu Ray. I actually enjoyed the underrated ‘Superman Returns’ more. It might be boring with not as much action (though I argue that it had enough action, and that whole sequence with the airplane was a lot more exciting than majority of the new film). The film had heart, and was a perfect blend of today’s technology and yesteryear’s storytelling. It also made a perfect tail end to a trilogy (Superman: The Motion Picture, Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut, and Superman Returns).
‘Man of Steel’ is another great example why the superhero genre, and well, the summer season nowadays, BORES ME! At least half of the film, I felt like I was watching a video game with all the phoney CGI trickery. The filming/editing made it confusing what’s going on. And everything felt forced, rather than a natural story.
I would give it a 6.5 out of 10. I at least enjoy the first half.
Written exactly ten years ago for the Vanguard school newspaper, I was hooked on Smallville. I thought it was a damn good show then. I stopped following the show after its fifth or sixth season. It seemed like the writers had no idea where they were taking the show, and after noticing too many filler-shows to count, I got bored. Perhaps someday, I should sit down and watch it again from the beginning. I do recall I was really into it. I never even sat down and watched the series finale.
Side note: I really thought at the time, WB should’ve made a Superman movie out of Smallville. Happy WB never did.
There is a new Superman movie coming out this summer. From the previews, it looks like a Superman film we all have been dreamin’ about. For many years, we all thought it could never be pulled off (like The Dark Tower films that may never happen).
I wrote this piece for MovieFreak back in 2004. Many things occurred between then and now, including Superman Returns. I thought a Smallville film would be ideal. I am glad that never happened, and after I want to say the fourth/fifth season of Smallville, I completely lost interest. I still haven’t seen the series finale.
I am not proud of this piece I wrote (there’s another piece I wrote about Smallville, which I will post on here later this year). It is an interesting piece though.