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#602180 - 06/14/13 10:53 PM Man of Steel
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In a word: Dreary.

The overall atmosphere is just continual destruction. It becomes so oppressive that one no longer even cares how many CGI buildings, helicopters, trains and cornfields get decimated. Roger Ebert said of The Human Centipede that it "occupies a world where the stars don't shine." Well, despite the plot point that Superman and the Phantom Zone prisoners derive their superpowers from the light emanating from the star at the center of our solar system, MoS also resides there. Shots of wanton destruction of overwrought CGI scenery occur as if Baz Luhrmann were the editor. Superman routinely and without care takes the mayhem towards the nearest structure (which is typically shown completely evacuated, unless the plot needs some drama), yet has to pause for effect before finally (and predictably) killing Zod with his bare hands.

They do try and insert some humor after the climax (the female officer saying, "I think he's hot," shown in some previews) but it just falls flat. The only time the audience laughed was a scene where Clark seeks the counsel of a local priest and reveals his identity, causing the priest to swallow hard [ha-ha-ha]. The destruction of Metropolis was very similar to the destruction of New York in Watchmen, and Zod's ship had the potential to appear somewhat squid-like, so I was hoping Snyder would take the opportunity to finally do the scene the way he should have, but that doesn't pan out. There were several vehicles here and there belonging to LexCorp, but otherwise the movie is devoid of easter eggs.

The bizarre structure of the timeline starts on doomed Krypton, then cuts to Clark at thirty-three years on Earth, only flashing back to the appropriate pieces of Clark's boyhood at the exact moments we need to know them. One really odd moment near the end shows adolescent Clark with a towel pinned to his shoulders, pretending to fly. Uhhh... if there's no Superman, what is he pretending to be?

Cavill was a terrible Superman, as expected. His chest hair protruding out the neck of his costume gave a more nuanced performance than he did. If you've seen the chagrined expression he gives in the Subway sandwich shop commercial, that's about half of the range he puts into the movie performance. His broadest smile that thing we all loved about Christopher Reeve comes when he tells Ma Kent that he's found out about his biological parents... right after she's retrieved his photo albums from the wreckage of their farm house. Superman may save some people's lives, but he's pretty much a dick throughout this movie (our introduction to the character shows him committing an act of theft). On the plus side, he doesn't become a reporter until the very end, so we don't have to suffer his trying to be endearing.

The only positive thing I can say about MoS is that, if you've ever wondered what John Byrne's pencils would look like inked by H.R. Giger, this movie answers that for you. Seriously, Warner Brothers owes those two guys a pile of money for their contributions to this expensive pile of shit.
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#602181 - 06/16/13 03:58 AM Re: Man of Steel [Re: Allen Montgomery]
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I didn't like it either. Definitely not my idea of Superman. I did enjoy the action, but the rest of the film was boring and a poor representation of the character.
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#602184 - 06/17/13 05:08 PM Re: Man of Steel [Re: Allen Montgomery]
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Originally Posted By: Allen Montgomery
Superman routinely and without care takes the mayhem towards the nearest structure (which is typically shown completely evacuated, unless the plot needs some drama), yet has to pause for effect before finally (and predictably) killing Zod with his bare hands.


That sort of reminds me of Christopher Nolan's first Batman movie, where it's a big deal that Batman lets Ra's al Ghu die -- ignoring the dozens of ninja assassins that died earlier in the movie when Batman blew up their headquarters.

As for "Man of Steel," as a lifelong DC superhero fanboy, it's hard for me to imagine a Superman movie that I'll be skipping. But this is the one. Maybe I'll rent the DVD ... one day. What the hell's the point of a joyless Superman?

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#602185 - 06/17/13 06:16 PM Re: Man of Steel [Re: Allen Montgomery]
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Originally Posted By: Allen Montgomery
One really odd moment near the end shows adolescent Clark with a towel pinned to his shoulders, pretending to fly. Uhhh... if there's no Superman, what is he pretending to be?


Good point, I was wondering that too. Maybe they have Captain Marvel comics instead?

I pretty much agree with most of your objections, but I still found the movie somewhat enjoyable, strangely. At the showing I went to, a fight broke out in the seats behind me during the credits. It was a moment of drama and emotion, but without much narrative coherence, much like the movie itself.

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#602187 - 06/17/13 07:33 PM Re: Man of Steel [Re: Peter Urkowitz]
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I must know, what was the fight about?
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#602188 - 06/17/13 07:50 PM Re: Man of Steel [Re: Jimbo]
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Not sure. Somebody brushed against somebody else as they were getting up to leave, or touched somebody else, the other person took offense, words were shouted, there was shoving, accusations of abuse were thrown, the mall cops were summoned. Two family groups were still huddled separately in the corridor when I left, glaring at one another, but it didn't look like anybody was really hurt. It was confusing, and didn't look like it was going to be satisfyingly resolved for anyone. Again, much like the movie.

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#602189 - 06/17/13 08:47 PM Re: Man of Steel [Re: Peter Urkowitz]
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Ha! Zing.
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#602190 - 06/17/13 10:15 PM Re: Man of Steel [Re: Jimbo]
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There were a surprising number of people in my audience that stayed until the very end of the credits, expecting some easter eggs, only to verbally express their dismay at there being nothing else to see. The Marvel movies have apparently set a high bar for "valued-added" extras.
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#602191 - 06/17/13 10:16 PM Re: Man of Steel [Re: Jimbo]
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So afterwards I went to see This Is The End. Mildly more entertaining than MoS, the audience sure seemed to enjoy it more. I almost got sick from the heavy amounts of fragrances the audience was wearing, something I hadn't ever noticed in any of my previous movie-going experiences.
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#602223 - 07/04/13 10:40 AM Re: Man of Steel [Re: Allen Montgomery]
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