Man of Steel. Looks awesome … now the review.
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So disappointing. It seemed like a good concept – reacting to this alien vs. the corny approach typically taken. This is why I always enjoyed Marvel more than DC growing up. I will probably still see it as its a tradition for me to see all the Superman movies (Richard Pryor was fun in Superman III).
Too bad. I liked the trailer, or parts of it anyway. Then I saw that clip where Superman gets smashed into a building and thought “Oh, please no….” Sigh.
Hm. This is how I felt about Star Trek–that, among other (not all negative) things, it was a pummeling of the senses. It seems to me that there’s a trend among recent films of valuing spectacle over story. The movie industry seems over-enamored with its ever-increasing ability to knock audiences’ socks off with crazy, huge visual effects. (See also Hobbit, Great Gatsby.) There’s using the medium to serve the story, and then there is gratuitous festoonery which by overdoing it, undoes its meaningful impact. Anyone else feel that this is a growing trend, or am I just coming into consciousness of something that’s been going on forever?
No Madeline, it hasn’t been going on forever. Everyone knows that what you’re expressing is true, as least when it comes to movies.
I did see the movie in 3-D (my fiance insisted) and I was sick. The action is too intense for IMAX or 3-D. I did enjoy the movie as a whole but certain parts were strange.
I really wish Hollywood would stop trying to make Superman Jesus.
And yet Hollywood has been relentlessly marketing this thing to Christians, even hiring some pastor to write sermon notes. Superman sermon notes. Please kill me now.
I’ve tried to comment on this post by the man responsible for the Superman sermon notes:
… but the site just isn’t cooperating with my computer tonight, so here is what I attempted to post:
“Your ‘Amish’ comments are amusing, albeit hopelessly condescending. Do you really think this is about warding off the evil impure outside worldliness of a dumb popcorn flick? It’s not. This is about having an artistic tin ear. Bluntly put, the idea of writing serious sermons structured around Superman… is silly. I could understand working _Chariots of Fire_ or _Schindler’s List_ into a sermon. But Superman? You have got to be kidding me.
Just because we’re Christians doesn’t mean we can’t tell good art from bad art.”
Yeah, Warner Bros. themselves actually put out some sermon materials. While I hear the argument from some pastors, “This opens the door to sharing about Christ, etc…” And I can definitely empathize with that (myself being on a church staff). This seems to me to open the door more to terrible Christology than anything. In which case it might be just better to tell them about Christ.
Everyone else in my family but me loved it. While I wouldn’t go so far as this review, my first comment after seeing it was,, “How many ways can they show Superman being smashed into a building?” I totally agree that there was too much smash-’em-up and not enough of anything else here. I, too, was longing for it to end by the 2 hour mark.
I loved the movie; the action sequences were certainly fantastic, but watching Clark/Kal grapple with his Kryptonian legacy and his love of earth and step into the role of Superman was amazing. The *lack* of levity and cheese really made this movie; the critics seem to hate this taking on the role of a serious sci-fi movie, but that’s what made it for me. I’m certain that the sequel will have more levity in it, now that Superman has really arrived. The acting was fantastic, the visuals were spectacular, and I found it to be quite moving. Yes, the Christ-imagery is overplayed, but he *is* a modern savior figure. I had low expectations after Superman Returns, but I loved this film.
Also, Russell Crowe nearly stole the show. I’d watch a prequel, “Krypton,” starring him as Jor-El. The opening sequence on Krypton was really, really good!
I agree with Ryan, and yes, while there was an insane amount of action, I did not find it to be too much for me. I think we are all wired differently — some people enjoy it and others don’t. Doesn’t mean that either one of us has the right answer to “how much action is too much action”.
Also, what I have enjoyed the most out of this movie is Hans Zimmer’s musical score. I listened to it before I saw the movie, and I was mesmerized. Wow – he is a genius. It has affected me deeply, more than most soundtracks do…and I can’t explain why, but I’m thankful it does. The music stirs something within me that I can only attribute to God Himself.
Okay, post viewing reaction is in sync with you TMac. What was funny to me was the post movie debate between my wife and my daughter. My wife, not a Sci-Fi fan, hated it. My daughter, who has been brought up on Star Wars, Harry Potter, LOTR, etc., loved it. My son and I were okay with but thought about 15-20 minutes of fight sequences were a waste – I actually fell asleep during that part it was just too much and really made no sense.
I do think the next film in this series will fair better much like the second Star Trek has with JJ Abrams.
I guess the biggest plot hole I laughed about later was why they were trying to turn Earth into Krypton? Which leads to the bigger plot hole in the whole Superman series. A change in gravitational force is what gives Superman his power, that’s it? I know it’s more than that – i.e. this is an advanced race of beings – but the film implies that gravity is the key. Why would the villains in this film want to do anything to Earth? Why not just show up an enslave the planet as nothing really could stop them – except the good guy whom they could take out in a manner similar to their own imprisionment?
Once again OMR was spot on, this time I forged ahead and had fun with the experience even if the film fell flat (or blew up?)
Concerning turning Earth into Krypton, I think the film tried to explain that away with Zod’s final monologue before his death. He was destined and genetically programmed to protect/preserve Krypton. And since it was destroyed, he was almost ‘genetically compelled’ to recreate it… that’s my interpretation of it, anyway…
Thanks, I am glad there was something there to support it. The more I think about the story I think they just got carried away with effects. Looking forward to a better sequel.
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